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FIRM Groups Denounce Decision to Add Citizenship Question to 2020 Census

For Immediate Release: March 27, 2018

FIRM Groups Denounce Decision to Add Citizenship Question to 2020 Census

 (WASHINGTON)—Yesterday, the Commerce Secretary included a citizenship question in his 2020 Census questions submission to Congress. Kica Matos, spokesperson for FIRM Action reacted to submission, saying:

“The ramifications of adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census is extremely anti-immigrant and intended to deter millions of immigrants from participating for fear of being targeted by this administration. If there is any question of just how radical this effort is, consider that every census since the first enumeration in 1790 included people living in the United States, citizens and non-citizens alike.

This is a direct attempt to undermine our democracy. We are going to fight this with everything we have. We will do everything within our power to ensure that this decision is reversed and that our communities continue to be counted.”

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Omnibus Deal Further Harms Immigrant Families

For Immediate Release: March 22, 2018

Omnibus Deal Further Harms Immigrant Families

(WASHINGTON)—Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, FIRM, reacted to the Trump backed omnibus bill. She said:

“The omnibus bill does not provide relief of any kind for the immigrant youth whose lives have been turned upside down since Trump ended DACA in September. Trump and his Administration have trampled on any and all efforts to come up with a compromise that would provide a permanent solution for these young adults.

In six months, Congressional Republicans have done nothing to fix the chaos Trump created by ending DACA. Instead, they are advancing legislation that punishes immigrant families by prioritizing more money for deportations and family separation.

One thing is abundantly clear: the Trump administration and Republicans controlling Congress want to demonize immigrants of color and radically revamp the immigration system in a way that is tinged with racial bias.

Congressional leaders standing in the way of immigrant justice and keeping families together will have to face us again in November.”

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Highest Court Decision Welcomed, Immigrant Youth Need Permanent Solution

For Immediate Release: February 26, 2018

Highest Court Decision Welcomed, Immigrant Youth Need Permanent Solution

(WASHINGTON)—Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, FIRM, issued the statement below after the Supreme Court denied the Department of Justice’s request for expedited review of the DACA injunction:

“We welcome the Supreme Court’s decision to keep the Trump administration from fast tracking the fate of DACA and allow the justice system to do its job.  The DACA cases will continue to move forward in the lower courts, rebuking Donald Trump’s white supremacy agenda that prioritized removing all people of color from the country. Hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrant youth can still reapply for DACA and continue to live the lives they’ve already built.

However, we continue to fight for permanence and for individuals who can no longer apply for DACA for the first time.  Congress must still do its job and pass a permanent solution that will get this generation out of limbo and on a path to citizenship. We’re looking at you Paul Ryan when we say pass the DREAM Act now, or feel our power in the voting booth in...

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