For Immediate Release: March 29, 2018
Rogue ICE Empowered to Detain Pregnant Women
(WASHINGTON)—Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, FIRM, reacted to the new ICE directive to detain pregnant immigrant women:
“The attacks on immigrants by this administration have reached a new low, even for this morally bankrupt president. Already rogue ICE agents can now make whatever call they want regarding the detention of pregnant women—which will undoubtedly lead to an increase in the number of incarcerated pregnant women.
This latest directive affirms that this administration has no respect for the dignity and worth of women—or people of color. This is why we fought tirelessly against an increase in DHS funding and this is why we will fight to win in November and remove legislators who support this evil administration.”
For Immediate Release: March 27, 2018
FIRM Groups Denounce Decision to Add Citizenship Question to 2020 Census
(WASHINGTON)—Yesterday, the Commerce Secretary included a citizenship question in his 2020 Census questions submission to Congress. Kica Matos, spokesperson for FIRM Action reacted to submission, saying:
“The ramifications of adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census is extremely anti-immigrant and intended to deter millions of immigrants from participating for fear of being targeted by this administration. If there is any question of just how radical this effort is, consider that every census since the first enumeration in 1790 included people living in the United States, citizens and non-citizens alike.
This is a direct attempt to undermine our democracy. We are going to fight this with everything we have. We will do everything within our power to ensure that this decision is reversed and that our communities continue to be counted.”
For Immediate Release: March 22, 2018
Omnibus Deal Further Harms Immigrant Families
(WASHINGTON)—Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, FIRM, reacted to the Trump backed omnibus bill. She said:
“The omnibus bill does not provide relief of any kind for the immigrant youth whose lives have been turned upside down since Trump ended DACA in September. Trump and his Administration have trampled on any and all efforts to come up with a compromise that would provide a permanent solution for these young adults.
In six months, Congressional Republicans have done nothing to fix the chaos Trump created by ending DACA. Instead, they are advancing legislation that punishes immigrant families by prioritizing more money for deportations and family separation.
One thing is abundantly clear: the Trump administration and Republicans controlling Congress want to demonize immigrants of color and radically revamp the immigration system in a way that is tinged with racial bias.
Congressional leaders standing in the way of immigrant justice and keeping families together will have to face us again in November.”