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Nation’s Largest Immigrant Rights Coalition Demand Clean Dream Act

Contact: Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org (202) 339-9331

Support for Trump’s White Nationalist Enforcement Agenda a Non-starter

(WASHINGTON)—In response to recent Democratic leadership announcements of a deal on DACA, the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), the nation’s largest coalition of immigrant rights groups, issued the following statement:

“Immigrants are not a bargaining chip for politicians,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “There cannot be a single dollar providing additional support for already out-of-control federal immigration agents. Immigrant communities are already under siege from Trump’s white nationalist agenda.  Collaboration is not an option. Immigrant families have suffered enough and more enforcement is definitely not the answer.”

“Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi need to stand up and draw a line in the sand that prevents the GOP from using Dreamers to advance a racist anti-immigrant agenda,” Matos said.  “And Republicans of good will on this issue of which there are many – you have a clear choice: stand with these young Americans or stand with the Steve Bannon wing of your party.”

“Dream Act, yes. Enforcement, no,” Matos said.

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The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) is the nations largest immigrant-rights coalition, with grassroots organizations fighting for immigrant rights at the local,...

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DREAM Act Must be Passed Now

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017
Contact: Jasmine Nazarett, jnazarett@communitychange.org (202) 339-9330

(WASHINGTON)—President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program and punt responsibility for the fate of 800,000 Dreamers to Congress means our federal lawmakers must act now to pass a DREAM Act that is compassionate and allows these Americans to stay in the country they know and love. One that does not fund Trump’s deportation machine that would only tear families apart. It is time for a clean DREAM Act vote in Congress.

“People’s lives cannot be left hanging in the balance while members of Congress waste time by engaging in petty partisanship,” said Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM). “We cannot wait for Trump’s self-imposed six months’ deadline for Congress to do something. We cannot allow Republican lawmakers to hold the DREAM Act hostage until they get the money they want to tear immigrant families apart. We take Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer at their word that they will work to get a clean DREAM Act passed immediately. And we intend to hold them accountable.”

Research has continuously shown that DACA has not only improved the lives of Dreamers and their families and most...

Donald Trump Lacks Moral Character, Sides with White Supremacists

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017
Contact: Jasmine Nazarett, jnazarett@communitychange.org, 202-339-9330

(WASHINGTON)— Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below after the announcement that Donald Trump will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“This action by Trump is nothing less than deplorable and it confirms our worst fears. By shattering the lives and dreams of nearly a million young people, Donald Trump has chosen to side with the white supremacists roaming the halls of the White House.

This decision is spineless and cruel. It reflects the poor judgment of a President buoyed by racists and lacking a moral compass.

DACA has allowed Dreamers to contribute to their communities, to work, to go to school and to live their lives without fear of being ripped away from their families, and from a country they consider home.

Dreamers are human beings, not tokens nor line items, who deserve dignity and respect. They have earned the love and respect of millions of Americans, many of whom know them as their neighbors, friends, fellow students or co-workers.

While our hearts are broken at this moment, our spirit is on fire. We will not forget—not today, not tomorrow, not ever. And...

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