"When people use the word "immigrant" as an insult or as a way to degrade people - I take it personally."
Union leaders have strongly supported comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to eventual legalization and citizenship for 11 million undocumented people.
The executive council of the AFL-CIO unanimously passed a resolution demanding that the Congress of the United States immediately pass immigration reform.
Service Employees Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina told President Obama of SEIU's all-out commitment to immigration reform.
They're joined in their drive by other progressive groups, Hispanic groups - such as La Familia Vota - and labor allies.
The Service Employees and Priorities USA have bought ads in key states with Hispanic-American populations, exposing the anti-worker, anti-Hispanic record Mitt Romney.
The National Council of La Raza, has joined the campaign against an Obama administration Agriculture Department proposal to speed up poultry plant processing lines.
"For Latinas, the pathway to social and economic advancement is lined with hurdles," says the 134-page Trabajadoras: Challenges and Conditions of Latina Workers in the United States.
The anti-worker legislation pushed for the last 18 months by the Big Business-GOP cabal has a disproportionate impact on women and minorities.
The Missouri Legislature is debating anti-immigrant bills targeting students, non-English-speaking drivers and the federal government.