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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

  • 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


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.


Trump’s ‘Revised’ Ban: New Bigotry Same as the Old Bigotry

For Immediate Release: Monday, March 6, 2017
Contact: Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org (202) 339-9331

The Revision Remains as Repulsive as the Initial Ban

(WASHINGTON)—President Trump’s ‘revised’ travel ban remains as repulsive as his initial plan, chock full of as much bigotry against immigrants, particularly Muslims and all refugees, as the first ban.

“The Trump administration has tried to dress up the revised ban with nicer words but they don’t hide the fact that the refugee program has been suspended, meaning thousands of people desperately seeking to flee war-torn countries, violence and poverty will not be welcome in the United States,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “This ban still sends an ugly message to the rest of the world that America’s new ‘normal’ is keeping people out of a country that has always upheld the tradition and symbolism of the Statue of Liberty.”

“Donald Trump today has viciously attacked this tradition with darkness and hate. To be clear, refugee families fleeing war, natural disaster, ethnic cleansing and tyranny will die as a result of this order,” Matos said. “The people Donald Trump sentenced to die today – will do so for no good reasons. Adding to the appalling reality is that this immoral act is being done in the name of symbolic politics because the refugee program itself has always had a form of extreme vetting. Every American of compassion and love should be filled with disgust today.”

“By targeting refugees from six Muslim-majority countries, the Trump administration is walking a very dangerous line on religious freedoms,” Matos added. “Our country was founded by people escaping religious persecution and the freedom to practice your religion is a value held sacred by all Americans.”

“There is no room in America for such extreme hatred,” Matos said. “We will fight to protect our families from hateful policies and we urge all lawmakers to stand up against what is clearly a bigoted piece of policy.”


The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) is the nation’s 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.

Fair Immigration Reform Movement Will Fight Any Attempts to Create a Deportation Force

For Immediate Release: Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

Contact: Susana Flores, susana@4rceinitiatives.com (915) 525-2434

(WASHINGTON)—Here is a statement from Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), on a news report that the Trump Administration is considering deploying the National Guard to roundup undocumented immigrants:

“News reports that President Trump is considering mobilizing the National Guard to round up immigrants is a declaration of war not only on our communities, but on American principles. By even considering this, Trump is creating more fear and panic among millions of immigrants while continuing to wage his unprecedented war on immigrants, sweeping up people in raids who have no criminal records.

“It is not enough that the White House is denying this report. DHS Secretary John Kelly and President Trump need to state publicly he is not forming a deportation force. Immigrant families are already being terrorized by ICE agents, and many being arrested have no criminal histories. Trump’s policies have unleashed a barrage of pure hatred and racism directed at people who wanted nothing more than to make better lives for their families in the U.S.”

“In the Associated Press report today, the proposal would mobilize the National Guard in 11 states: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Utah. FIRM groups will be engaging with governors to ensure we are standing up to those who are instilling fear in our communities with hate-filled policies.”


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