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White House Wasteful Border Wall Demands are Harmful, Disgraceful

For Immediate Release: January 5, 2018

White House Wasteful Border Wall Demands are Harmful, Disgraceful

(WASHINGTON)— Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the following reaction to the White House’s Demands for wasteful border wall funding:

“The White House continues to play games with the lives of millions of immigrants, threatening the fate of 800,000 immigrant youth. It took the Administration minutes to terminate DACA, but the consequences will impact generations. Children will be forced to grow up without their parents, families will be unable to reunite and the most vulnerable seeking asylum will be left out. This is not a game show, the White House’s callous game playing is harming people’s lives. Thousands of young immigrants have lost the ability to go to work, school and live their lives already, and more are impacted every day.

The White House’s list of immigration demands are a White Supremacist’s dream. It advances an agenda that seeks to make America White again by attacking legal migration and safe communities, building a ridiculous border wall and hiring more agents for a rogue agency that has repeatedly abused its power.

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Our Message to Congress: Do Your Job! Failure to Act Before Holiday Recess Leaves Tens of Thousands in Limbo

For Immediate Release: December 21, 2017

Our Message to Congress: Do Your Job! Failure to Act Before Holiday Recess Leaves Tens of Thousands in Limbo

Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below after Congress passed a continuing resolution without a solution for the 800,000 DACAmented individuals:

“Members of Congress failed to do their job and protect the 800,000 DACAmented individuals who are living a nightmare, fearing arrest and deportation. Instead of joyfully celebrating the holidays—like Members will be doing—anxiety and fear permeate our spaces as our community faces uncertainty.

Time has run out for tens of thousands of young immigrants who have already lost the protection afforded by DACA. They have lost their ability to work and take care of their families. They have lost their ability to drive and to enroll in public universities. These young immigrants are our friends and neighbors. They are integral parts of our communities.

America is on our side: 86 percent of Americans support legislation that will keep DACAmented individuals in the U.S.

If it was not clear after the electoral sweep in Virginia, or the historic victory in Alabama, Members up for reelection in 2018 hear this: the resistance...

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Melecio Andazola Morales is Deported Days Before the Holidays

For Immediate Release: December 19, 2017

Melecio Andazola Morales is Deported Days Before the Holidays

Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below after Denver ICE Field Office Director Jeffrey Lynch denied Melecio Andazola Morales’ stay of removal and he was deported:

“Our hearts break for Melecio Andazola Morales’ wife, mother, and four children. By denying his stay of deportation, Jeffrey Lynch has become the poster child of a rogue ICE officer, acting with impunity in order to shatter immigrant families. For 20 years, Melecio did all that he needed to do to become a lawful, permanent resident. His oldest daughter, who is a student at Yale, had to spend an entire semester fighting to stop her father’s deportation. Now instead of celebrating the holidays together—as Lynch and his family will do—Melecio and his family must grieve his deportation and begin to plan for their new reality. This is a moral outrage and we will not forget.

We will continue fighting for families like Melecio’s until all 11 million undocumented immigrants have a pathway to citizenship. We’re not backing down now, or ever.”

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