It would still represent a major victory for immigrants, labor and the working class. It would grant legal status to most undocumented, including some who have already been ordered to depart.
Matthew Hendricks, a resident of the Lower East Side's Smith Houses, described NYCHA subcontractors as "incompetent" and typical of "indifference to residents of public housing."
In a packed union hall, tenants from the five boroughs vowed to tackle tough housing issues including the power of landlords, developers and big banks they say is squeezing New Yorkers.
In 1983, Washington won the Democratic mayoral primary and later was elected the first African-American Mayor of Chicago, serving from 1983 until his death in 1987.
The move for reform has been spearheaded by undocumented youth themselves, but also includes Obama, sections of the Democratic Party, labor, churches and other community organizations.
"Knowing that our brothers and sisters who are farmworkers are not being treated fairly - their working conditions are abhorrent, we're standing with them today."
At a packed press conference the AFL-CIO, joined by the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza and the Generational Alliance, announced the launching of what could be the biggest voter protection effort in U.S. history.