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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 is a systematic forced removal of an ethnic group of people. Congress needs to step up and do what’s right: create a permanent solution immediately and give these families security.”

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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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White House Wasteful Border Wall Demands are Harmful, Disgraceful

For Immediate Release: January 5, 2018

White House Wasteful Border Wall Demands are Harmful, Disgraceful

(WASHINGTON)— Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the following reaction to the White House’s Demands for wasteful border wall funding:

“The White House continues to play games with the lives of millions of immigrants, threatening the fate of 800,000 immigrant youth. It took the Administration minutes to terminate DACA, but the consequences will impact generations. Children will be forced to grow up without their parents, families will be unable to reunite and the most vulnerable seeking asylum will be left out. This is not a game show, the White House’s callous game playing is harming people’s lives. Thousands of young immigrants have lost the ability to go to work, school and live their lives already, and more are impacted every day.

The White House’s list of immigration demands are a White Supremacist’s dream. It advances an agenda that seeks to make America White again by attacking legal migration and safe communities, building a ridiculous border wall and hiring more agents for a rogue agency that has repeatedly abused its power.

Congress must to do its job and pass a permanent solution for DACA recipients and for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country.

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