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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.

Republicans Rubberstamp Trump’s Hateful Agenda

Republicans Rubberstamp Trump’s Hateful Agenda

 (WASHINGTON)— Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below after the House Appropriations Committee voted on FY18 funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS):

“Predictably, Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee failed to grow spines and vote to keep hardworking immigrant families together. Instead, they rubberstamped Trump’s odious deportation agenda and approved his DHS budget that includes $4.4 billion for detention beds, $1.6 billion for the border wall and nearly $300 million to recruit and hire new ICE and border patrol agents.

The consequences of Trump’s xenophobia will have long-lasting effects that span generations. The ramp up of Trump’s deportation machine will mean more family separation and more kids left without their parents. Liliana Cruz Mendez, Andres Magana Ortiz and Jesus Lara Lopez—along with their families and communities—are just a few of the most recent victims of Trump’s deportation agenda.

The line has been drawn, both for champions of immigrant’s rights and for those who have chosen to be on the wrong side of history. We demand not one dollar is allocated for separating families. We demand lawmakers at all levels stand up against bigotry and work on long-term affirmative solutions for immigrants.”

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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.

 

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