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National Call for Hearing on the Raids

Go to FIRM page for resources and information on the raids

Over the past year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has arrested and detained thousands of men and women suspected of being undocumented immigrants.

The agency has reportedly left hundreds of children stranded at day care centers, schools and other places. ICE says it didn’t. The families say it did. Congress needs to conduct hearings to set the record straight.

The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) calls on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to:

  1. Immediately hold hearings on the Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE) raids and their impact on children and families;
  2. Pass sensible and humane comprehensive immigration reform legislation NOW.

From now until Friday, April 13, let’s make thousands of calls to Pelosi and Reid to say 1) hold hearings on the raids and; 2) Pass CIR.

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) – 202-225-0100
  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) – 202-224-3542

For more info, go to www.fairimmigration.org or call Dushaw at 202-339-9306.

Raids on our highways- hitting a new low

Seven suspected illegal immigrants detained in first-ever U.S. 101 traffic checkpoint



By Randy Trick, Peninsula Daily News
FORKS – Customs and Border Protection agents on Thursday detained seven people thought to be illegal immigrants at the North Olympic Peninsula’s first-ever traffic checkpoint on U.S. Highway 101.

Travelers moving south on the highway between 8 a.m. and noon – including those in a Clallam County Transit bus – were stopped north of Forks and asked if they were citizens and where they were born.

More checkpoints on Highway 101 in Clallam County can be expected in the coming months, said Robert Kohlman, a field operations supervisor in the...

Rally in LA for CIR!

 From our advocates at CHIRLA:

“On Sunday, March 25th a coalition of organizations in L.A. (CARECEN, CHIRLA, COFEM, Hermandad Mexicana) organized an Immigrant Rights Forum in commemoration of the historic mega march in 2006. Approximately 5,000 people attended the event and over 4,000 letters were collected for Senator Feinstein demanding CIR. The key messages of the Forum were: Stop the Raids, Immigration Reform for All and Healthcare for all Californians. There was a star-studded line-up including Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, Assembly Majority Leader, Karen Bass, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and last but not least, Rep. Luis Gutierrez from Illinois.

Highlights included CHIRLA’s Know Your Rights DVD which really got the audience pumped. Also, Maria Jacinto, a community leader, approached Rep. Gutierrez on the side and said “thank you for introducing the bill, but your bill is not the kind of legalization I need. Maybe  it’s good enough for you, but it’s not enough for our community.”

Gutierrez responded that he wanted the community to understand that he introduced the bill in order to get movement going so the debate wouldn’t die. There were also families who did not enter the event, but they wanted to make sure that they brought their letter along...

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