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Immigrant Rights Advocates, Children and Families, Members of Congress and the Faith Community to Hold a Prayer for Justice at the Supreme Court

For Planning Purposes: Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Contact: Carlos Vogel, 202-239-2133, cvogel@cccaction.org

María José Sandoval, 301-717-4492, msandoval@wearecasa.org

Children to Highlight the Importance of SCOTUS to Hear DAPA & DACA+ Case

(WASHINGTON) —On Friday, December 11, at 11:00 AM ET, the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) and CASA will hold a “Prayer for Justice” and news conference in front of the Supreme Court. Directly impacted children and families, members of Congress, diverse faith leaders, and Reform Immigration FOR America will take part in the event. Several children will tell their stories, with some facing the holidays not knowing whether their mom or dad will be with them much longer due to the threat of deportation.

The Prayer for Justice kicks off the “Give the Gift of Family” social media campaign to highlight the important of the Supreme Court agreeing to hear the case regarding President Obama’s executive order to expand DACA and implement DAPA.

The Prayer for Justice is the first of a series of monthly prayer vigils, organized by various groups throughout the immigrant rights movement. It serves as a reminder not only to the Supreme Court justices, but to all lawmakers to see that anti-immigrant policies have real effects on millions of...

FIRM Statement in Response to Trump’s Call for a Ban on Muslims

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, December 8, 2015
CONTACT: Carlos Vogel, (202) 239-2133, cvogel@communitychange.org

(WASHINGTON)–The following statement is from Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) in response to Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States.

“Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the United States is reckless, disturbing, reprehensive, and a dangerous display of hateful political posturing that without doubt, may have very alarming consequences and lead to violence against Muslims.”

“Encouraging hatred towards Muslims and Immigrants in order to bolster his position and continue to build support for his campaign is un-American and outrageous coming from someone who wants to assume the highest office in the country.”

“The political debate should not encourage hatred and bigotry.  We not only demand the  GOP and other candidates condemn Trump’s actions immediately, but also take stance and work with their Presidential candidates to stop all of the racist, anti-Muslim, anti-Immigrant rhetoric that they are currently espousing.”

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FIRM Statement on Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller Motion to Delay Implementation of Administrative Relief

(WASHINGTON)–The following statement is from Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) in response to Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller’s filing of a motion to delay the government’s request to the Supreme Court to review the Fifth Circuit’s decision in the Texas lawsuit that is blocking the implementation of President Obama’s 2014 deferred action initiatives.

“We are appalled — but not surprised by the actions of Republican anti-immigrant politicians who continue to wage a hate-filled war against our immigrant families.  The motion filed yesterday by Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller is an overtly political act aimed at intentionally delaying the implementation of President Obama’s executive actions granting administrative relief to millions of our immigrant families. It is unacceptable, inhumane, and unethical, and highlights the continued political bias and conservative agenda being pushed by Republican Attorneys General.”

“We will not back down. Latino and immigrant communities will continue to fight hard to defend President Obama’s executive actions from anti-immigrant politicians. We will fight hard and fight back until we can move to implement DACA+ and DAPA.”

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