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Trump’s ‘Revised’ Ban: New Bigotry Same as the Old Bigotry

For Immediate Release: Monday, March 6, 2017
Contact: Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org (202) 339-9331

The Revision Remains as Repulsive as the Initial Ban

(WASHINGTON)—President Trump’s ‘revised’ travel ban remains as repulsive as his initial plan, chock full of as much bigotry against immigrants, particularly Muslims and all refugees, as the first ban.

“The Trump administration has tried to dress up the revised ban with nicer words but they don’t hide the fact that the refugee program has been suspended, meaning thousands of people desperately seeking to flee war-torn countries, violence and poverty will not be welcome in the United States,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “This ban still sends an ugly message to the rest of the world that America’s new ‘normal’ is keeping people out of a country that has always upheld the tradition and symbolism of the Statue of Liberty.”

“Donald Trump today has viciously attacked this tradition with darkness and hate. To be clear, refugee families fleeing war, natural disaster, ethnic cleansing and tyranny will die as a result of this order,” Matos said. “The people Donald Trump sentenced to die today – will do so for no good reasons. Adding to the appalling reality is that this immoral...

Fair Immigration Reform Movement Will Fight Any Attempts to Create a Deportation Force

For Immediate Release: Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

Contact: Susana Flores, susana@4rceinitiatives.com (915) 525-2434

(WASHINGTON)—Here is a statement from Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), on a news report that the Trump Administration is considering deploying the National Guard to roundup undocumented immigrants:

“News reports that President Trump is considering mobilizing the National Guard to round up immigrants is a declaration of war not only on our communities, but on American principles. By even considering this, Trump is creating more fear and panic among millions of immigrants while continuing to wage his unprecedented war on immigrants, sweeping up people in raids who have no criminal records.

“It is not enough that the White House is denying this report. DHS Secretary John Kelly and President Trump need to state publicly he is not forming a deportation force. Immigrant families are already being terrorized by ICE agents, and many being arrested have no criminal histories. Trump’s policies have unleashed a barrage of pure hatred and racism directed at people who wanted nothing more than to make better lives for their families in the U.S.”

“In the Associated Press report today, the proposal would mobilize the National Guard in 11 states: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado,...

Hatred Unleashed: Trump Turns America Against Immigrants

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017

Contact: Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org (202) 339-9331

Declares War on Immigrant Families Targeting Sanctuary Cities and Ramping up of Deportations

(WASHINGTON)–Today, in remarks at the Department of Homeland Security, President Donald Trump announced a series of policy initiatives aimed at tearing families apart, shutting off funding to sanctuary cities and attacking the very heart of America’s immigrant tradition.

Here is a statement from Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM):

“Today’s announcements are the stuff of nightmares. Only in our darkest fears could Americans imagine such heartless treatment of human beings. Families will suffer from fear and uncertainty because of today’s announcements.”

“President Donald Trump today declared war on immigrant families by targeting the cities that offer them sanctuary from hateful policies like the ones his administration is embracing.”

“By issuing an executive order to cut funding to the hundreds of cities and counties who have identified as sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants Trump is cementing his stamp of hatred and bigotry to a huge segment of our population. The faith community founded sanctuary cities to protect refugees and immigrants from harsh policies and will continue to dos so. The immigrant rights community and its supporters will...

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