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One White Supremacist Out and a Long Way to Go

For Immediate Release: August 18, 2017

One White Supremacist Out and a Long Way to Go

(WASHINGTON)—Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below after news broke that Steve Bannon was out as White House Chief Strategist:

“Steve Bannon is out, but White Supremacists are still roaming the halls of the West Wing and Donald Trump has failed to denounce their bigotry. It is not enough to fire one bigot from your staff. Meaningful change comes in the form of action that condemns hate and reflects the values the majority of Americans treasure.

The world is watching as Donald Trump sits idly, failing to defend and protect black and brown families in his words and in his actions. Instead of criminalizing our communities, Trump’s first step needs to be to protect Dreamers. And, instead of pushing for more than $6 billion on a deportation force, we should invest in education and healthcare. The resistance to Trump and the racist-wing is growing. It’s time to pick a side: are you with us, or are you with White Supremacists?”

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The Fair Immigration Reform Movement Launches Not One Dollar

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, August 10th, 2017

 The Fair Immigration Reform Movement Launches Not One Dollar

Campaign to Resist Funding for Trump’s Hateful Budget Targeting Immigrant Families

 (WASHINGTON)—The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) has launched Not One Dollar, a national campaign against Trump’s vicious budget. This campaign is focused on elected officials at every level of government, insisting they fight for immigrant families and against Trump’s funding requests to deport immigrants. Young leaders, national allies and champions on Capitol Hill have pledged to protect immigrant communities from the vile attacks from the right-wing.

“We are demanding that our allies, partners and elected officials at every level of government—from Senators and Congressmen and mayors and city council members—fight like hell to keep immigrant families together,” said Kica Matos, spokeswoman for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM). “Not one dollar should go to Trump’s odious budget that will undoubtedly destroy our communities.”

“Trump’s enforcement machine is unlike anything we have seen before—it’s enforcement on steroids,” added Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA). “Every day, immigrants are being terrorized by our government with the use...

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White Nationalist Grip White House Tightly, Introduce Bill Targeting Legal Immigration

For Immediate Release: August 2, 2017

White Nationalist Grip White House Tightly, Introduce Bill Targeting Legal Immigration

 (WASHINGTON)—Sulma Arias, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below after the introduction of the RAISE Act:

“Once again White Nationalists are pushing their ethnic cleansing agenda, scapegoating immigrants for their own inability to create a labor market that works for everyone. Today’s announcement that Trump supports the RAISE ACT introduced by Senators Purdue (R-GA) and Cotton (R-AR) is a direct attack on all immigrants, on our legal immigration system, and on one of the core principles that drives immigration—family reunification. The reality is that immigrants do not take jobs from Americans. In fact, it is the already wealthy CEOs who undercut the labor market, and move jobs overseas, including Trump and his family who make all of their products outside of the U.S. Immigrants help grow and support our economy and revitalize communities throughout the country.  

The RAISE Act would cut legal immigration per year by half, limit permanent resident status for refugees to 50,000 a year, eliminate diversity visas,  and restrict reunification visas—all of which affect African, Latino and...

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