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New “DAPA Dinners” Effort Invites 2016 Candidates to Break Bread with Immigrant Families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015
CONTACT: Michael Earls,  202-494-8555

Effort Seeks to Connect Candidates with DAPA-Eligible Families for Dinner On or Around the 1-Year Anniversary of DAPA Announcement on Nov. 20th

(Washington, DC)—Today, America’s Voice, United We Dream Action and Center for Community Change Action/Fair Immigration Reform Movement announce “DAPA Dinners” – a new initiative that invites all 2016 candidates and Members of Congress to join an immigrant family for dinner on or around the one-year anniversary of the DAPA announcement on November 20, 2015.

On November 5th, the three organizations sent a letter to all presidential candidates of both parties inviting each candidate to break bread with a DAPA-eligible family. A similar letter to Senators and Members of Congress was also distributed today.

In the Huffington Post, Elise Foley highlights the new “DAPA Dinners” effort, noting:

“[T]he organizers said they want the presidential hopefuls to ‘see for yourself how they are just like other American families.’ They’re willing to do the dinners any time that’s convenient and in any state — a move that makes it harder for candidates to use scheduling conflicts as an excuse.

…There are numerous examples of politicians seeing an issue differently because they know...

Presidential Candidates Sanders, O’Malley Address Immigrant Rights Summit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, Nov. 9, 2015
CONTACT: Carlos Vogel, (202) 460-0713, cvogel@cccaction.org

Forum Co-Sponsored by Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) and The Nation

(LAS VEGAS)—Sen. Bernie Sanders and Gov. Martin O’Malley participated in a non-partisan presidential forum co-hosted by the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) in partnership with The Nation that took place in two sessions, today and yesterday, in Las Vegas to address issues that directly impact immigrant communities in America.

“This forum is a testament to the power of FIRM and our families,” said Kica Matos, Director of Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice at the Center for Community Change Action (CCCAction).” Thanks to pro-immigrant voters in America every path to the White House in America must address our families! Because of the power of our families, politicians, especially presidential candidates, must be accountable to a vision for immigrant families in America.”

During the forum, Ivania Castillo from Virginia representing CASA in Action pointed out that “FIRM fights for the most vulnerable among immigrants- the undocumented and low wage workers, people who pay billions in taxes and are unable to access basic benefits like social security and tax credits. And despite all odds, there are many success stories – as students,...

Federal Court Refuses to Allow Implementation of President Obama’s Executive Actions Granting Administrative Relief to Millions

For Immediate Release: Monday, November 9, 2015
Contact: Carlos Vogel, cvogel@cccaction.org (202) 239-2133

FIRM Denounces GOP for Continued Hate-Filled Assault on Families

(WASHINGTON)—The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) denounced a federal court’s decision today denying the implementation of President Obama’s executive actions to grant administrative relief to millions.

“While we are severely disappointed in the court’s ruling, we are not surprised by it since the lawsuit and this process has been heavily anti-immigration from the outset,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “This is only a setback for our families. We will continue to fight for our families all the way to the Supreme Court where we will prevail. We urge the Obama administration to swiftly appeal this decision to the Supreme Court.”

“We will continue to defend President Obama’s executive actions from anti-immigrant politicians who have been waging a hate-filled assault on our families,” Matos added. “We are watching every move anti-immigrant extremists make and we will not forget who stood with us and who was against us.”

On Nov. 20, 2014, millions of immigrant families celebrated when President Obama unveiled his plan for a new deferred action program for parents of U.S. born children and gave crucial updates to the existing DACA program for DREAMers...

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