For Immediate Release: February 26, 2018
Highest Court Decision Welcomed, Immigrant Youth Need Permanent Solution
(WASHINGTON)—Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, FIRM, issued the statement below after the Supreme Court denied the Department of Justice’s request for expedited review of the DACA injunction:
“We welcome the Supreme Court’s decision to keep the Trump administration from fast tracking the fate of DACA and allow the justice system to do its job. The DACA cases will continue to move forward in the lower courts, rebuking Donald Trump’s white supremacy agenda that prioritized removing all people of color from the country. Hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrant youth can still reapply for DACA and continue to live the lives they’ve already built.
However, we continue to fight for permanence and for individuals who can no longer apply for DACA for the first time. Congress must still do its job and pass a permanent solution that will get this generation out of limbo and on a path to citizenship. We’re looking at you Paul Ryan when we say pass the DREAM Act now, or feel our power in the voting booth in November.”
For Immediate Release: February 15, 2018
Trump’s Games Are Destroying Immigrants’ Lives
(WASHINGTON)—Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, FIRM, issued the statement below after the Senate failed to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act:
“Millions of young immigrants’ lives have been turned upside down since Trump heartlessly ended DACA without a permanent legislative solution in place. And, instead of allowing a bipartisan group of Senators pass the most popular solution—the DREAM Act—he has acted like a wrecking ball, meddling in the negotiation process and destroying the delicate conversations that have focused on protecting the future of millions of lives at stake.
Sadly, too many Senators sided with Trump’s racist agenda and turned their backs on immigrant youth. They failed to stand up to Trump’s tactics and bring the bipartisan DREAM Act up for a vote. But, it is evident that his extremist agenda doesn’t pass muster—his plan was strongly rejected in the Senate today.
The fight for justice continues at the local, state and federal level. There is a solution to the chaos Trump created and it’s called the DREAM Act. Now America must stand up for what’s right and demand that Congress pass it.”
For Immediate Release: February 14, 2018
Our Message to Senators: No Compromise with White Supremacy
(WASHINGTON)—Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below to clarify FIRM’s position on recent negotiations:
“Has Congress gone mad? Senators are considering dangerous immigration provisions that would create a pathway to citizenship for some undocumented immigrant youth, while severely restricting family reunification, ramping up immigration enforcement and funding a ridiculous wall that will further harm border communities. This is yet another attempt to hold immigrant youth hostage in exchange for a brutal, racist agenda. Let’s be clear: this is a declaration of war on immigrant families and our communities.
This is not a DACA fix, it is a mass deportation bill that will rip families apart and destroy entire communities. It will provide Trump with billions of dollars to enforce his racist vision. Any senator who votes for it is endorsing Trumps white supremacist immigration policy.
This bill will change our country from one of laws, decency and progress into a militarized police state. If this bill passes, federal officers will keep people of color in line by asking us to prove we belong here with ID checks. History will not look fondly on Senators who vote for Trump’s and Stephen Miller’s brutal version of America where people of color are second class citizens who must prove their right to exist—or be locked up.
Senators should be on notice that we will remember and name those who led and voted for the most vicious attack on human and civil rights in this country in almost a century.”