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Fair Immigration Reform Movement Supports ICE Release of Some Detained Families

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Contacts: Bernardita M. Yunis Varas, byunisvaras@communitychange.org, 202.339.9377
Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org, 202.339.9331

FIRM Says Release of These Families is a Step in the Right Direction, but Not Enough to End Inhumane Practice of Family Detention

WASHINGTON—The Fair Immigration Reform Movement called the ICE announcement regarding the release from detention of some mothers and children seeking refuge in the United States  if they have passed “credible and reasonable fear” interviews a step in the right direction, but added that more needs to be done to end the inhumane practice of family detention altogether.

“This announcement from ICE is one step towards ending the inhumane practice of family detention,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “However, there is much more that needs to be done in order to change our nation’s unjust immigration procedures.”

“While we are joyous for the families that will no longer be kept in centers under jail-like conditions, we must recognize this moment with the sober awareness that there are far too many families held in these detention facilities,” said Matos. “This unjust practice has traumatic effects on these families—including their children—and needs to end altogether. No family should be detained under these conditions. It...

DHS Acknowledges Serious Problems with Family Detention but Does Not Commit to Ending Unjust Practice

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Contacts: Bernardita M. Yunis Varas, byunisvaras@communitychange.org, 202.339.9377
Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org, 202.339.9331

FIRM Says Initial Changes Are a Good Start, but Do Not Do Enough to End Inhumane Practice

(WASHINGTON)—The Fair Immigration Reform Movement said changes announced today by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson regarding policies on family detention are not enough to end the inhumane practice of detaining women and children in jail-like conditions.

“Secretary Johnson’s announcement is a first step in acknowledging the serious problems with family detention, but still small progress on the road to changing our nation’s unjust immigration practices,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “Changing the name of detention centers to “residential centers” does not change the reality that these are places where families are inhumanely detained. We hope these proposed changes will ultimately result in ending the unjust and wasteful practice of detaining women and children altogether.”

“The fact is this unjust practice of family detention is still a reality in the United States,” said Matos. “It is completely out of sync with our country’s values and it must end now.”

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3rd Anniversary of DACA Shows Administrative Relief Has Helped the Economy While Keeping Families Together

For Immediate Release: Monday, June 15, 2015
Contact:
Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org, 202.339.9331
Bernardita M. Yunis Varas, byunisvaras@communitychange.org, 202.339.9377

DACA Success Proves Lawsuit Delaying Additional Administrative Relief Must be Dropped

(WASHINGTON)—The third anniversary granting immigrant youth who were brought to the United States as children reprieve from deportation has not only kept families together but has greatly strengthened the economy.

“The success of DACA proves that the lawsuit supported by the Attorneys General and Governors of 26 states is nothing but another ploy by anti-immigrant lawmakers to prevent meaningful comprehensive reform, which is supported by the majority of Americans, from becoming a reality,” said Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM). “The lawsuit delaying the implementation of President Obama’s executive actions announced last fall must immediately be dropped.”

A report by the Center for American Progress estimates that DACA (deferred action for childhood arrivals and DAPA (deferred action for parents of Americans and lawful permanent residents) would grow the U.S. economy by $230 billion over the next 10 years. The report states that if undocumented immigrants are allowed to apply for temporary work permits, their chances to earn higher wages increase, they get the opportunity to...

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