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President Obama Invites DREAMers Who Benefited from DACA to White House

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Contact: Bernardita M. Yunis Varas, byunisvaras@communitychange.org, 202.339.9377
Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org, 202.339.9331

DREAMers from FIRM Groups Share Their Stories of How DACA Has Helped Them with President Obama While Republicans in Congress Continue Political Games to Threaten Funding for Executive Action That Would Help Millions

WASHINGTON—President Obama invited six DREAMers to the White House to meet with him in the Oval Office today to share their stories with him firsthand of how they have benefited from executive action on immigration. Blanca Gamez and Bat-amgalan Tsogtsaikhan, members of two Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) organizations were among the invited DREAMers.

Blanca Gamez works at ProgressNow and is a founding member of DREAM Big Vegas, a community based organization that was founded in 2010 by DREAMers like Blanca and Astrid Silva, the young undocumented immigrant that President Obama mentioned during his announcement of his immigration action in November. Also a member of Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN), Blanca, who comes from a mixed-status family, is a long-time leader in the immigration movement. She worked for Hermandad Mexicana and Mi Familia Vota, has two degrees from University of Nevada Las Vegas in political...

Outrageous Attack on Immigrant Families Fails in the Senate

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Contact: Bernardita M. Yunis Varas, byunisvaras@communitychange.org, 202.339.9377
Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org 202.339.9331

FIRM Praises Senators Who Voted No on Anti-Immigrant Measures, Calls for Funding Bill that Protects Immigrant Families

WASHINGTON—The Senate today voted down the House’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Bill with anti-immigrant riders that would have defunded DHS in order to block relief for millions of immigrant families, workers and youth. The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) praised Senators who voted against the divisive bill and called on Senate leadership to stop playing politics with our families’ lives and our nation’s security. It’s time to take up and pass a bill to keep DHS operating without anti-immigration policy measures.

FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos released the following statement:

“This is an important win and it is now time to end this political theater and get on with the business of governing. This outrageous assault on immigrant families is a despicable attempt by Republicans to block the President’s immigration action that would help up to five million people. The Republican tactics to try to derail the President’s action are outrageous and show that immigrants and families don’t matter to these politicians. This assault on immigrant families will backfire on...

Elected Officials Invite FIRM Families to Be Present at State of the Union

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Contact: Bernardita M. Yunis Varas, byunisvaras@communitychange.org, 202.339.9377
Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org 202.339.9331

Senators and Representatives Highlight the Families Affected by Broken Immigration System and the Need for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

(WASHINGTON)—Weeks after the President’s announcement of administrative relief for five million immigrants, the effects of his immigration action continue to be highlighted by immigrants’ rights advocates. This week, elected officials from various states acknowledged the contributions of the families affected by our broken immigration system.

Various members of Congress invited immigrant families to be present for the President’s State of the Union address tonight. Some of these families included members of Fair Immigration Reform Movement’s (FIRM) organizations.

Senator Harry Reid of Nevada invited Blanca Gamez, a member of Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN). Gamez, a long-time leader with PLAN, comes from a mixed-status family. She worked for Hermandad Mexicana and Mi Familia Vota, and founded “DREAM Big Vegas” to advocate for the passage of the DREAM Act and educate students and parents around navigating the education system in Nevada while undocumented.

Representative Suzan DelBene (D-WA) invited OneAmerica member Juan Macedo de Alba from Mount Vernon, Washington. Juan is a 17-year-old DREAMer  who has faced deportation.


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