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Republicans Follow Donald Trump Down Path of Hateful Immigration Rhetoric

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Contact: Donna De La Cruz ddelacruz@cccaction.org (202) 339-9331

The following is a statement from Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM):

“Congressional Republicans who were reluctant to denounce Donald Trump for his incendiary comments about Mexican immigrants are showing this week that they fully support the presidential candidate’s beliefs that all immigrants are criminals and should be treated as such.

What Republicans and Trump won’t discuss is that the vast majority of immigrants are law-abiding and have contributed greatly to their adopted country. An American Immigration Council report  shows that not only are immigrants less likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans, but over a century of research shows that higher immigration levels have actually aligned with lower crime rates.

Instead, they have decided to seize on any opportunity to heap more xenophobic rhetoric and legislation on the Republican band wagon. This time they want to make broad changes to national immigration policy that would actually hurt local law enforcement agencies who have strived to gain trust with their immigrant communities.

Instead of helping fix the nation’s broken immigration system that continues to separate families, Republicans continue to look at our community...

FIRM Applauds O’Malley Pledge to Limit Deportations

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

Movement Will Hold Former Maryland Governor O’Malley to Bold Position to Change our Nation’s Inhumane Immigration System

WASHINGTON—The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) today applauded Martin O’Malley for committing to a bold agenda to change our nation’s “inhumane” immigration system. Following the presidential candidate’s announcement, FIRM continues to call on GOP presidential contenders to participate in a real debate about immigration reform rather than hide behind political double talk.

“Martin O’Malley’s bold immigration agenda puts immigrant families first,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “This the kind of commitment our movement wants to see from all those who vie for our vote in the upcoming election.”

“Immigrant families need immediate action,” said Matos. “O’Malley’s stance shows a commitment to treat our families with the dignity and respect that they deserve. All other candidates—Democratic and Republican—need to take heed of his strong stance and join a real conversation on how to fix an immigration system that breaks up families and keeps immigrants living in fear of deportation. Our immigrant families deserve an honest debate that offers us real solutions and works to keep families...

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...

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