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Immigrant Rights Groups, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Demand that Border Patrol Agents Stop Harassing and Intimidating Families

For Immediate Release: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Contact: Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org (202) 339-9331

Hundreds Plan to Rally at Border Patrol Office in DC on Tuesday, March 21st

(WASHINGTON)—Members of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), Sen. Bernie Sanders, and immigrant families demand that border patrol agents stop harassing and intimidating families and U.S. citizens at the southern and northern border crossings.

“There have been many media reports of agents taking away cell phones of immigrant families and U.S. citizens with no rightful reasons and harassing families,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “The office of Customs and Border Patrol and DHS Secretary Kelly must step up and be held accountable for these egregious actions.”

To protest these actions, hundreds of people from more than 25 states will rally in front of the CBP office in Washington, DC.

Here are details of the event:
 
Time: 11:30a ET to 12:30p ET
Location: 14th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW
Speakers:  

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-VT
  • Immigrant families adversely affected by Trump’s policies from California and Arkansas
  • FIRM leaders from California, New York and Arizona

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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.

 

GOP: Can You Hear Us Yet?

On Wednesday, July 10, two of our teammates participated in a rally as the GOP caucused on immigration.  We are calling on Speaker Boehner and the House GOP to stand up and support immigration reform by advancing the bipartisan Senate bill.  Here are their reflections from the rally.

Adam

We gathered on the lawn between the Capitol and the House Office Buildings – House Republicans were meeting a short distance away, at the same time, to determine a course of action on the immigration reform bill under debate.

1Through bouts of rain and sweltering heat, hundreds of demonstrators and organizers marched, chanted, and held signs urging lawmakers in the House to bring the bill to the floor for a vote. There was a palpable energy on the lawn, sustained for a long time so that our voices would be heard within the GOP’s secret conclave.

Although developments in the House may seem dispiriting, I am encouraged by the vibrancy and diversity of Wednesday’s rally. I was delighted to wake up the next day to a report on NPR about the demonstration. Pundits may speculate and sound bites may circulate, but evidence is growing that voters of all stripes wish to see an overhaul of the immigration system.

It’s time that leadership in the House acknowledges, embraces, and acts on public opinion. How many new polls do we need to read to understand that immigration reform has the support of Republicans – even those who self-identify as Tea Partiers?  How long must we wait before lawmakers like Speaker Boehner realize the demands of their constituents? I want to see them be responsive to the people.

It’s time that Representatives, well, represent. Click here if you want to join me in telling them the time is NOW for action!

Jingru

We gave the House Republicans a “welcome” to the caucus meeting that we know they heard and hope they won’t forget. Hundreds of immigrant families, DREAMers, supporters, and faith leaders rallied in front of the Capitol under 90°F heat.

House Republicans might not be happy about the Senate immigration bill, but it’s time they listened to the people instead of insisting that they are not going to pass the bill. Their own proposed legislation – which has not been released but will likely not include a pathway to citizenship – will not reflect the desires of the majority of Americans.  We want reform, and we want a path to citizenship – and we want it NOW!

Republican and Independent voters may just stop voting for Republicans altogether if the immigration reform bill cannot be passed. Americans don’t want to see families hurt, and the House GOP seems hell-bent on destroying as many immigrant lives as possible.

Congress, remember, we vote in November, and we will vote again in 2014. It’s not the first time heard from us, and we won’t wait forever. Time is ticking.

Immigrant Rights Organizations Announce Next Steps in Fight for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

For Immediate Release
April 25, 2013

Contact:
Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org, 202-339-9331, 202-441-3798 (cell)
Spanish Language Media:
Ricardo Ramírez, rramirez@communitychange.org, 202-339-9371, 202-905-1738 (cell)

Major Actions Include May 1st Events, Children’s Marches, Vigils, Congressional Visits

(WASHINGTON)—The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), a coalition of the nation’s largest and most powerful immigrant rights groups today announced its next steps in the fight for comprehensive immigration reform. FIRM will have a constant presence at the Capitol, conduct thousands of lobby visits, deliver of thousands of photos of families torn apart by the broken immigration system, host massive turnout events across the country on May 1st, lead children’s marches on Mother’s Day and conduct prayer vigils.

“This past election cycle demonstrated our enormous and growing political power. We will harness that power – on the streets, online, through our massive phone banking programs, historic voter engagement and lobbying by immigrant families themselves – to improve this bill and move immigration reform forward now,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos.

“Every day that Congress fails to pass immigration reform legislation, 1100 families are torn apart. It is immoral and cruel that family members who would be eligible for citizenship under this bill are being detained and deported even as we speak,” Matos added. “We are calling on the Administration to put a moratorium on all deportations while Congress debates the bill.”

As the Senate Judiciary Committee held its first markup session on the Gang of Eight’s bill, members of CASA in Action held a vigil on Capitol Hill to remind the Senators of the families greatly affected by our broken immigration system.

“FIRM commends the introduction of the Senate’s immigration bill as a historic step toward humane policy reform but there is a lot of room for improvement. FIRM will fight to improve it even as we are working to move it forward,” Matos said. “Immigrant families will be a constant presence as much as possible on the Hill. Senators must not put politics over people.”

As the immigration debate goes on, FIRM will keep the focus on families with May 1st events taking place nationwide, children’s marches on Mother’s Day, thousands of lobby visits, the delivery of thousands of photos of undocumented immigrants and vigils.

Following is a list of May 1st events:

Birmingham, AL
Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice
More than 3,000 people will march through Birmingham; the march will begin at 5:00 p.m. at Linn Park (710 20th St. N, Birmingham, Alabama).

Phoenix, AZ
Promise Arizona
At 5:30 p.m. crowds will rally at the State Capitol in Phoenix and march to the Hyatt Regency in downtown Phoenix.

Los Angeles, CA
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)
30,000 people will gather at noon for a kick-off rally at Olympic and Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. They will march to La Placita Olvera.

Oakland, CA
Mujeres Unidas y Activas
At 3:00 p.m., 5,000 will gather at the Fruitvale BART for a rally and march.

Denver, CO
Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition
There will be a community rally and march beginning at 11:00 a.m. on the west steps of the Capitol.

Boise, ID
Alliance for a Just Society
Thousands are expected to participate in a march in Boise, Idaho.
Marchers will begin arriving at Julia Davis Park at 4:00 p.m.; the program will begin at 5:00 p.m. and the march to the Capitol will start at 6:00 p.m.

Chicago, IL
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)
2 p.m.: Rally kicks off in Union Park (Ashland and Lake). The march will begin at 3:00 p.m. with a rally at the Haymarket memorial (Randolph and Desplaines) at 3:30 and a rally at Federal Plaza (Jackson and Dearborn) at 4:00 p.m.

Portland, ME
Maine People’s Alliance
The Maine People’s Alliance will join with faith, labor, community rights and other groups at 4:00 p.m. The march will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Lincoln Park on Congress Street.

Bozeman, MT
Montana Organizing Project
Buses from five Montana cities will drop participants off at Lindley Park. Participants will gather in the park for salsa line dance lessons and refreshments at 1:00 p.m. and at 1:45 p.m. they will march down Main Street to the front of the Bozeman Public Library.

Las Vegas, NV
Reno, NV
Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN)
10,000 people are expected to join PLAN and a coalition of labor, faith, civic, community and other immigrant rights groups as they rally at 4:30 p.m. at the federal building in downtown Las Vegas.

In Reno, PLAN’s march will begin at 3:00 p.m. in Reno City Plaza.

New York, NY
The New York Immigrant Coalition (NYIC)
NYIC will join with labor unions, immigrant rights groups and immigrants in a large rally. Tens of thousands of immigrants and supporters are expected to attend.
4 p.m. start at Union Square that will end at City Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Cleveland, OH
Ohio Organizing Collaborative and Ohio Prophetic Voices
At 5 p.m. there will be a rally in the public square in downtown Cleveland.

Salem, OR
CAUSA Oregon
5,000 people from across the state will rally on the steps of the Capitol in Salem at 11:00 a.m.

Washington State
OneAmerica
OneAmerica will host six marches statewide in Wenatchee, Yakima, Spokane, Walla Walla, Vancouver and Mount Vernon.
Wenatchee march: 6 p.m., Lincoln Park.
Yakima march: 5:30 pm, Miller Park.
Spokane march: 1 pm, Riverfront Park.
Walla Walla march: 5 pm, Jefferson Park.
Vancouver march: 6 pm, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s office.
Mt. Vernon march: 3:30 pm, Skagit Valley College.

Milwaukee, WI
Voces de la Frontera
Voces de la Frontera will march with elected officials and leaders from labor, public education, faith, civil rights and the LGBT community. Thousands of people are expected to attend.
The groups will assemble at Voces de la Frontera at 11:00 a.m. (1027 S. 5th St., Milwaukee). They will march to Pere Marquette Park (at 3rd and State) for a mass rally.

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