The message to Congress in the ad is very simple: The critical voices of Latinos who helped deliver a mandate for commonsense immigration reform in November's election are going to keep raising their voices as Congress begins the debate.
Too many working people across the country have to hope for overtime, string together two or three jobs or rely on public benefits to financially stay afloat. Contractors and corporations are reaping the benefits of a productive workforce yet they aren't equitably sharing those rewards.
If the odd fellows odd fellows of Big Business and Labor can try to work together, there is no reason why Congress can't see that we can live up to our forefathers' expectations by fully integrating our immigrant communities into the nation.
Immigration reform is not about race or ethnicity. It is about building national unity and economic strength, the spirit of hard work, and common-sense solutions that are equal and fair for everyone no matter where they come from.
More than 50 years after Dr. King warned of being "fooled by false slogans" such as "right to work," working people are facing a string of coordinated, corporate-backed attacks. But what the wealthy special interests don't have behind them are numbers.
In the 2012 presidential election, voters put forth a clear mandate: We want a more prosperous country, where everyone can work for a living, support their families and have a fair shot at a better life.