For Immediate Release: August 25, 2017
Arpaio and Trump: Partners in Racist Crimes
(Phoenix)—Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), and Petra Falcon, Executive Director of Promise Arizona (PAZ), issued the statement below after Donald Trump pardoned Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio:
“It is beyond reprehensible that Trump has pardoned Joe Arpaio for advancing racist policies that terrorized immigrants and people of color in Arizona for more than two decades. Arpaio is guilty of more than criminal contempt of court. He is guilty of tearing families apart, discriminating against people of color, and treating human beings without dignity and respect.
By pardoning one of the nation’s most extreme anti-immigrant sheriffs, Donald Trump is perpetuating Arpaio’s crimes and revealing his full-fledged support for a White Supremacist agenda.
Our communities deserve better. America deserves a president who denounces racism without equivocation, not one who makes excuses for hate and intolerance. Trump may have pardoned Arpaio, but history will not. We will continue to repair the damage in our society Arpaio caused, fight for our families, and oppose Trump’s repressive agenda.”
For Immediate Release: August 22, 2017
People’s Lives Are Not Bargaining Chips
(Phoenix)—Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below rejecting Trump’s White Nationalist Immigration Agenda:
“White Supremacists have taken their hoods off, unafraid to terrorize black and brown communities because Donald Trump is proudly carrying their torch in the White House. The so called ‘deal’ leaked to the press today uses DACA as a bargaining chip for a misguided and dangerous legislative deal on right wing immigration policy. It is nothing more than a wish list for xenophobes that holds 800,000 DREAMers hostage in an attempt to execute their ethnic cleansing agenda.
DACA has opened doors for young people to live their lives, work and contribute to their communities without fear of deportation. Ending DACA would result in a loss of more than $460 billion from the national GDP over the next decade and remove almost 685,000 workers from the economy.
Immigrants and progressive allies have poured into the streets to defend the values our country was founded on.
The resistance is only getting stronger. We’ve come out in full force at...
For Immediate Release: August 18, 2017
One White Supremacist Out and a Long Way to Go
(WASHINGTON)—Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below after news broke that Steve Bannon was out as White House Chief Strategist:
“Steve Bannon is out, but White Supremacists are still roaming the halls of the West Wing and Donald Trump has failed to denounce their bigotry. It is not enough to fire one bigot from your staff. Meaningful change comes in the form of action that condemns hate and reflects the values the majority of Americans treasure.
The world is watching as Donald Trump sits idly, failing to defend and protect black and brown families in his words and in his actions. Instead of criminalizing our communities, Trump’s first step needs to be to protect Dreamers. And, instead of pushing for more than $6 billion on a deportation force, we should invest in education and healthcare. The resistance to Trump and the racist-wing is growing. It’s time to pick a side: are you with us, or are you with White Supremacists?”