FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 19, 2017
FIRM Groups Urge Congress to Pass DREAM Act Now, Hold Actions Nationwide
With 122 DACAmented youth losing their status each day, Congress must act before leaving for recess
(Washington, D.C.)—Undocumented immigrants, their friends, families, and progressive allies took action in Washington, D.C., and in cities across the nation, to urge Congress to pass the DREAM Act now, before they leave for the holiday recess. In D.C., hundreds of activists visited more than 45 congressional offices, and staged sit-ins at more than two dozen offices. Targets included both Democrats and Republican senators and representatives.
“Members of Congress have to decide if they will side with white supremacists, or if they will vote to protect the more than 800,000 undocumented immigrant youth who are every bit American,” said Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) spokesperson Kica Matos. “Passing the DREAM Act is about upholding our nation’s values of freedom, opportunity, justice and equality—it’s about walking the walk. Congress needs to do its job and protect these DREAMers.”
After President Trump recklessly ended DACA in September, 800,000 DACAMented youth came face-to-face with their worst nightmare. Each day, 122 of those youth are forced to put their lives on hold as...
For Immediate Release: December 13, 2017
Community Organizing Pushes Doug Jones Over Finish Line, Is Elected to Senate
(WASHINGTON)— Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), Sarai Portillo, executive director of the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ACIJ), and Mireya Reith, executive director of Arkansas United Community Coalition (AUCC), issued the statement below after Democrat Doug Jones was elected to the Senate:
Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM): “Last night’s election results in Alabama represent the strength and dynamic organizing power of community groups on the ground. Congratulation to the voters who turned out and cast their vote. The resistance is real, it’s vibrant and it’s ready for 2018. Republicans who endorse hate, or sit silently in the background, will be met with our collective community actions.”
Sarai Portillo, executive director of the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ACIJ): “Having a Democratic Senator to represent the state of Alabama is a victory we fought arduously for. The people of Alabama voted in record numbers thanks to the grassroots efforts of activists and volunteers who have made thousands of door knocks and phone calls, registered thousands...
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December 6, 2017
Thousands of Immigrants, Friends and Families Rally on Capitol Hill to Demand the DREAM Act Now
Congressman Luis Gutierrez and Congresswoman Judy Chu Risk Arrest During Civil Disobedience with Activists
(Washington, D.C.)—Thousands of immigrants, activists, educators, students, families and friends rallied on Capitol Hill to demand Congress pass the DREAM Act and find a permanent solution for TPS beneficiaries before the year’s end. In an act of escalation, 181 people risked arrest during the largest civil disobedience of the modern immigration rights movement. Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill) and Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) were among those arrested.
“Our families cannot keep waiting for Congress to act and pass the DREAM Act,” said Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) spokesperson Kica Matos. “Millions of people’s lives are on the line and more than 120 DACAmented youth lose their status daily. Congress needs to do its job and pass the DREAM Act before leaving for recess. We deserve the opportunity to live our lives with dignity and without fear of being deported.”
Immigrant communities have been confronting a series of attacks and setbacks, particularly the termination...