For Immediate Release: October 18, 2017
Outrageous Trump Plans to Separate More Families
(Washington)—Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below after reports broke that the Trump administration is planning to expand the number of federal immigration jails:
“More immigration detention centers means more families torn apart, more children left without their parents, and more disrupted communities. Trump took off his hood a long time ago and as a result more black and brown people are being aggressively criminalized and demonized. His plans to build more immigration jails is just another piece of his racist puzzle.
It is outrageous that this Administration would spend billions to fund the mass deportation agenda, while simultaneously pushing for cuts to programs that help people take care of their families, go see their doctors and put food on the table. Major corporations are the only entities who stand to profit from Trump’s hateful agenda. Big banks like JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo who finance private prisons will make billions of dollars off the pain of millions of people.
We demand that not a single dollar go toward separating families. We will continue to stand strong, arm in arm with our allies, to stop this deportation machine.
For Immediate Release: September 29, 2017
Unmasked and Unafraid: Trump Launches Immigration Sweeps Targeting Sanctuary Cities
(Washington)—Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below after ICE conducted immigration sweeps in sanctuary cities across the country over the last couple of days in what federal officials are calling “Operation Safe Cities”:
“Donald Trump isn’t hiding his disdain for immigrants and black and brown communities behind a white hood. Time and time again he bows down to white supremacists, and boldly terrorizes our communities in heartless attacks that separate families. Over the last few days, ICE agents arrested 498 undocumented immigrants in sanctuary cities across the country in a move that will impact hundreds of communities for generations to come.
It is clear to us that Trump, ICE and the racists who make up the administration have one agenda: make America white again. Trump is deliberately punishing sanctuary cities for protecting their residents. It is appalling that the federal government would stoop to this new low. The immigration sweeps come on the heels of a new travel ban that bars entry to immigrants mostly from Muslim countries and of the announcement that the U.S. will cap the number of refugees it will accept. Earlier in the month, Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that granted nearly 800,000 young immigrants the ability to freely contribute to their communities.
From coast to coast, progressive allies have come forward to stand with immigrants. The resistance is growing and we are not stopping until we have the protections we deserve.”
For Immediate Release: Thursday, August 31, 2017
Federal Judge Halts Hate-Backed Law SB 4
(WASHINGTON)—Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the following statement after a federal judge issued a preliminary ruling against the state of Texas and halted the implementation of SB 4:
“As families in Texas begin to deal with the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, immigrant communities can breathe a sigh of relief that a federal judge has blocked parts of SB 4, the country’s most anti-immigrant law. Black and brown families can now focus on recovery instead of living with the worry of survival coupled with the fear of deportation.
The preliminary ruling blocks key provisions in the law that prevent sanctuary cities, as well as the requirements that local law enforcement act as immigration officers and hold undocumented immigrants in detention. While this ruling is a temporary victory, it affirms what we’ve been saying: SB 4 is a racist law put forth by white supremacists whose only goal is to make America white again.
Hurricane Harvey has devastated Texas, displacing millions of residents from their homes. The state’s large immigrant communities should not have to worry about their status when seeking help for their families. As Congress returns to session next week, we urge all lawmakers to put politics aside when they reconvene to provide funds for all residents affected by Hurricane Harvey.”