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FIRM Response to Secretary Jeh C. Johnson statement on southwest border security

(WASHINGTON)–The following statement is from Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) in response to Secretary Jeh C. Johnson statement on southwest border security.

“Secretary Johnson’s statement attempting to justify terrorizing families fleeing terrible conditions is truly alarming, given the humanitarian crisis that is driving Central American families to the US. Deporting these families back to horrific conditions is not a reasonable or rational response to a crisis. We call on our leaders to reflect the values of our country and provide real assistance to those seeking refuge.”

“This is about the courage of moral leadership and on that front the President and Secretary Jeh Johnson are a complete failure. The intentional and heartless breaking up of refugees families is atrocious enough but the fact that it appears to be caving to the politics of the moment – including the rise of Donald Trump makes it all the more of a disappointment in the leadership of this President.”

“FIRM demands that President Obama, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and ICE Director Sarah Saldana immediately put an end to their plan to continue to raid people’s homes, terrorize families and rip them apart. If these families are deported — and most of them would be women and...

Obama Administration Must End Raids on Homes of Central American Immigrants NOW

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sunday, January 3, 2016
CONTACT: Carlos Vogel, (202) 239-2133, cvogel@communitychange.org

Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) Denounces Raids

(WASHINGTON)—The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) is appalled, outraged and heartbroken that President Obama has put in place his administration’s plan to raid the homes of Central American immigrants targeted for deportation.

FIRM has received confirmed reports that women and children were taken from their homes in Georgia and Maryland and placed in detention centers on Saturday.

“FIRM demands that President Obama, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and ICE Director Sarah Saldana immediately put an end to this reported plan to raid people’s homes, terrorize families and rip them apart,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “If these families are deported —  and most of them would be women and children, they would be returned to places they fled to escape being killed, raped or tortured.”

“These families came to the United States seeking refuge and better lives, like countless millions of other immigrants. That is what has made America the great country that it is. Rounding up these families to deport them back to a region marked by extreme violence is inhumane,” Matos added.

“FIRM will do everything in its power to stop this reported plan from being implemented. We cannot...

FIRM Statement on the Obama Administration’s Alleged Plan of Mass Deportations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, December 24, 2016
CONTACT: Carlos Vogel, (202) 239-2133, cvogel@communitychange.org

“The Obama administration’s alleged plan to launch a nationwide campaign of mass deportations is horrific and unacceptable. During a time of the year when families are celebrating with their loved ones, our administration is planning to raid people’s homes, terrorize families and split them apart. These families will then be returned to places they are fleeing from for fear of being killed, raped or tortured. If Secretary Johnson continues with this plan, he will be responsible for the possible death or harm of innocent people — including women and children, and the permanent separation of families.”

“We call on the President and the DHS Secretary to immediately stop the plan to carry out raids against our children and families. The government must work to ensure that anyone in the country seeking protection is afforded safety, not deportation. Until then, our nationwide movement and its supporters will fight hard to stop these deportations from taking place.”

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