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In TPS Decision for Sudan Trump’s Administration Continues to Side with White Supremacists

For Immediate Release: September 19, 2017

In TPS Decision for Sudan Trump’s Administration Continues to Side with White Supremacists

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

“This cruel action by Trump’s Administration confirms their anti-Muslim sentiments. Nearly 1,000 Sudanese people who have built their lives in the United States for decades, will be sent back to Sudan. These families have deep roots in their communities. They are our friends and our neighbors.

TPS was created to help people facing unlivable conditions from war, environmental disasters and other harmful conditions. Ending this program is not reflective of who we are as a country: compassionate people who believe everyone should have a chance at living a fulfilled life.

We denounce the Administration’s decision and urge them to reverse it and renew TPS for the additional eight countries for the full 18 months. Republicans in Congress need to stand up for what’s right and protect communities with TPS.”

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Nation’s Largest Immigrant Rights Coalition Demand Clean Dream Act

Contact: Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org (202) 339-9331

Support for Trump’s White Nationalist Enforcement Agenda a Non-starter

(WASHINGTON)—In response to recent Democratic leadership announcements of a deal on DACA, the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), the nation’s largest coalition of immigrant rights groups, issued the following statement:

“Immigrants are not a bargaining chip for politicians,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “There cannot be a single dollar providing additional support for already out-of-control federal immigration agents. Immigrant communities are already under siege from Trump’s white nationalist agenda.  Collaboration is not an option. Immigrant families have suffered enough and more enforcement is definitely not the answer.”

“Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi need to stand up and draw a line in the sand that prevents the GOP from using Dreamers to advance a racist anti-immigrant agenda,” Matos said.  “And Republicans of good will on this issue of which there are many – you have a clear choice: stand with these young Americans or stand with the Steve Bannon wing of your party.”

“Dream Act, yes. Enforcement, no,” Matos said.

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The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) is the nations largest immigrant-rights coalition, with grassroots organizations fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state and federal level. For more information, go to www.fairimmigration.org or follow us on Twitter @Re4mImmigration.

 

 

 

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DREAM Act Must be Passed Now

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017
Contact: Jasmine Nazarett, jnazarett@communitychange.org (202) 339-9330

(WASHINGTON)—President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program and punt responsibility for the fate of 800,000 Dreamers to Congress means our federal lawmakers must act now to pass a DREAM Act that is compassionate and allows these Americans to stay in the country they know and love. One that does not fund Trump’s deportation machine that would only tear families apart. It is time for a clean DREAM Act vote in Congress.

“People’s lives cannot be left hanging in the balance while members of Congress waste time by engaging in petty partisanship,” said Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM). “We cannot wait for Trump’s self-imposed six months’ deadline for Congress to do something. We cannot allow Republican lawmakers to hold the DREAM Act hostage until they get the money they want to tear immigrant families apart. We take Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer at their word that they will work to get a clean DREAM Act passed immediately. And we intend to hold them accountable.”

Research has continuously shown that DACA has not only improved the lives of Dreamers and their families and most importantly, how they are part of our communities and the fabric of this nation.

“We will not turn our backs on Dreamers and their families during their time of need.  And in case Republicans have not yet gotten the memo, we will put unrelenting pressure on Speaker Paul Ryan to work to pass a clean DREAM Act. While he has said he is sympathetic to their situation, he must put his money where his mouth is. That means acting like a leader and passing a clean DREAM Act. And doing so immediately,” Matos said.

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The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) is the nations largest immigrant-rights coalition, with grassroots organizations in more than 40 states fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state and federal level. For more information, go to www.fairimmigration.org or follow us on Twitter @Re4mImmigration.

 

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