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FIRM Network Takes Over Congressional Republican Offices to Demand the DREAM Act Now

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 18, 2018

FIRM Network Takes Over Congressional Republican Offices to Demand the DREAM Act Now

Nineteen protestors arrested as Senators McConnell, Cotton, Cornyn and Grassley and Representative McCarthy see their offices filled with dozens of DREAMers, parents, teachers, and activists

(Washington, D.C.)—More than 100 immigrants, activists, educators, students and allies protested in the offices of Congressional Republicans to demand they withhold their vote for a continuing resolution that does not include the DREAM Act. Protesters held sit-ins in the offices of Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA 23rd District) and Senators McConnell (R-KY), Cotton (R-AR), Cornyn (R-TX) and Grassley (R-IA), leading to the arrest of 19 people.

“These fearless DREAMers and activists have escalated their actions into civil disobedience actions, putting their bodies on the line in order to get the DREAM Act passed,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “Trump threw an entire generation of young adults onto a space of fear and uncertainty when he ended DACA, and Congress has demonstrated its spinelessness in the face of white supremacy.”

Tens of thousands of DACAmented adults have already lost the protections afforded to them under...

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With the Mask Off, Trump Doubles Down on Immigrant Attacks

For Immediate Release: January 11, 2018

With the Mask Off, Trump Doubles Down on Immigrant Attacks

(WASHINGTON)— Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the following statement in response to Donald Trump’s comment today referring to Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as “shithole countries” in a discussion with members of Congress about a potential immigration deal:

“Donald Trump lowered the bar even further today with his vile comments about Haiti, El Salvador and African countries. He reconfirmed what we already know: He has fully embraced white supremacy and has no limits to his attacks on people of color. His comments do not reflect the American values many of us hold close to our hearts. His disgraceful approach to immigration reform is leaving millions of young immigrants and TPS holders vulnerable to his deportation machine.

Members of Congress must denounce his hateful words and stand up to him. It’s time they do their job and pass the DREAM Act. Our families, and our country deserve better than a racist-in-chief whose ethnic cleansing policies receive the defacto support of a dysfunctional and enabling Republican party.”

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New Year, Same Trump: Sunsets Temporary Protected Status for Nearly 200,000 Salvadorans

For Immediate Release: January 8, 2018

 New Year, Same Trump: Sunsets Temporary Protected Status for Nearly 200,000 Salvadorans

(WASHINGTON)— Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below after the Trump administration announced the decision on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadoran people:

“This administration has started the new year pushing the same anti-immigrant, ethnic cleansing agenda. In a heartless and cruel attack on our community, DHS has ended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 195,000 Salvadoran people—the largest population to have their TPS ended. This is the fourth termination of TPS in a span of three months, and yet another attack to add to the list of executive actions and policies that target people of color.

People with TPS have fled devastating conditions in their native countries and have built their lives here. They work, pay taxes and give back to their communities. They have more than 270,000 U.S.-born citizen children who would be separated from their parents, or be forced to relocate to a country foreign to them by a group of racists who do not understand their sacrifices.

This is ethnic cleansing; it...

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