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DREAM Act

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 importantly, how they are part of our communities and the fabric of this nation.

“We will not turn our backs on Dreamers and their families during their time of need.  And in case Republicans have not yet gotten the memo, we will put unrelenting pressure on Speaker Paul Ryan to work to pass a clean DREAM Act. While he has said he is sympathetic to their situation, he must put his money where his mouth is. That means acting like a leader and passing a clean DREAM Act. And doing so immediately,” Matos said.

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The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) is the nations largest immigrant-rights coalition, with grassroots organizations in more than 40 states fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state and federal level. For more information, go to www.fairimmigration.org or follow us on Twitter @Re4mImmigration.

 

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 we will fight back with everything we have. We will not stop until our families are safe and until the country reflects the beloved community we desire.”

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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, state and federal level. For more information, go to www.fairimmigration.org or follow us on Twitter @Re4mImmigration.

House Republicans: Our Deadline is August 2nd

11As House Republicans debate whether or not they will act on immigration reform, they should remember the deadline of Aug. 2nd that the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) has set for the House to pass a bill containing a pathway to citizenship.

Until then, and if House GOP members decide to ignore the deadline, FIRM will continue to support actions such as driving calls to Congress, sending emails and petitions, holding rallies, town hall meetings, the works. We will remind any lawmaker who votes against immigration reform that our political power will be unleashed against them come election time.

So I hope House Republicans use their summer wisely and act in a bipartisan manner, like the Senate did, to craft an immigration reform bill that contains a pathway to citizenship and keeps families together. And act quickly to make the Aug. 2nd deadline. If not, we will make sure they hear our voices during their summer recess period.

 

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