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Immigration took center stage at the annual state AFL-CIO convention held in New Haven, as unions backed immigrants’ rights, called on Congress to tackle the issue, and tied the current national controversy to U.S. trade policies.

The convention took place Thursday at the Omni.

At the convention, the unions approved a resolution supporting a declaration that immigrant rights are “human rights.” The declaration was drafted by the New Haven-based Connecticut Center for a New Economy.

CCNE organizer Fátima Rojas read a portion of the declaration. “We call on the Congress of the United States to enact comprehensive immigration legislation which will revise international trade policies that contribute to undocumented immigration.”

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