DENVER (CBS4) – One of Colorado’s biggest unions is jumping into the debate over immigration reform.

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The AFL-CIO is forming the Colorado Labor Immigration Working Group to protect immigrants and their families. The group says it’s fighting for comprehensive reform to strengthen the community and economy.

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“We as laborers believe that what unites us as Americans is our belief in shared values and our country; not where we were born. Work connects us all,” Mike Cerbo with Colorado AFL-CIO said.

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President Barack Obama is also fighting for immigration reform. His plan would allow illegal immigrants to gain temporary legal status if they pass a background check and pay a fine and back taxes.