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FIRM Statement on Welcoming Pope Francis and the Launch of Unity Statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, September 10, 2015
CONTACT: Carlos Vogel, (202) 239-2133, cvogel@communitychange.org

(WASHINGTON)–The following statement is from Sulma Arias, FIRM’s Immigration Field Director on today’s press conference welcoming Pope Francis to America and to launch a Unity Statement to Renew Commitment for Immigration Reform by the Immigrant and Interfaith Movements.

“Today, we gathered with national immigrant rights organizations and faith leaders to welcome Pope Francis to America and to call on the immigrant rights community to renew their commitment for immigration reform. FIRM also calls on all immigrant communities to join on a National Day of Prayer for Immigrant Families, Congress, and for our Nation, and urges presidential candidates to stop the hateful rhetoric against immigrant families.

“The Pope’s visit comes at a critical time when some Presidential candidates have engaged in hateful and anti-immigrant rhetoric against America’ s immigrant community — rhetoric that runs contrary to the Pope’s message of compassion for immigrant families and refugees in our communities.

“Our diverse immigrant community has contributed blood, sweat and tears to strengthen our American fabric. Despite the many contributions made by our community, millions of families continue to live in legal limbo, in constant fear of separation, and without any certainty as to when they might...

FIRM Statement on Jorge Ramos Expulsion from a Trump Press Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, August 26, 2015
CONTACT: Carlos Vogel, (202) 239-2133, cvogel@communitychange.org

(WASHINGTON)–The following statement is from Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) in response to the expulsion of Jorge Ramos at a Trump’s press conference in Iowa.

“The expulsion of Jorge Ramos from Trump’s press conference in Iowa was yet another stunning display of Mr. Trump’s feelings towards immigrants and Latinos, which can be summarized in three words: hatred, racism and disrespect.  It shows how far this Republican candidate and his campaign will go to appeal to extremists to win the Republican nomination. Mr. Trump should heed the following warning: Our Latino and immigrant communities are not going to forget the way he has treated them. The polls are already beginning to show just how unpopular he is with the fastest growing demographic in the country. If he doesn’t already know, we remind him and other presidential hopefuls that stand with him on immigration that no candidate can win the White House without the immigrant and Latino vote.

“Last night’s action on one of Spanish television’s most respected journalists has ignited yet another call to millions of Latino voters to show up at the polls in November.”


Comunicado de FIRM en respuesta a la Expulsion de Jorge Ramos de una Conferencia de Trump

Para Distribución Inmediata: miércoles 26 de agosto del 2015
CONTACTO: Carlos Vogel, (202) 239-2133, cvogel@communitychange.org

La siguiente es una declaración de Kica Matos, portavoz del Movimiento para una Reforma Migratoria Justa (FIRM) en respuesta a la expulsión de Jorge Ramos de una conferencia de prensa de Trump en Iowa.

“La expulsión de Jorge Ramos de una conferencia de prensa de Trump en Iowa fue una vez más una sorprendente muestra de los sentimientos de Trump hacia los inmigrantes y Latinos, lo cual puede ser resumido en tres palabras: odio, racismo y falta de respeto. Esto nos demuestra  hasta qué punto este candidato Republicano y su campaña serán capaces de ir para apelar a los extremistas para ganar la nominación del Partido Republicano. El Sr. Trump debe prestar atención a la siguiente advertencia: nuestra  comunidad de Latinos e inmigrantes no se van a olvidar de la forma en que el los ha tratado. Las encuestas ya están comenzando a demostrar lo impopular que es el con el grupo demográfico de mayor crecimiento en el país. Si él aun no lo sabe, le recordamos a él y los otros aspirantes a la presidencia que lo apoyan que ningún candidato puede ganar la Casa Blanca...

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