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The Fair Immigration Reform Movement Launches Not One Dollar

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, August 10th, 2017

 The Fair Immigration Reform Movement Launches Not One Dollar

Campaign to Resist Funding for Trump’s Hateful Budget Targeting Immigrant Families

 (WASHINGTON)—The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) has launched Not One Dollar, a national campaign against Trump’s vicious budget. This campaign is focused on elected officials at every level of government, insisting they fight for immigrant families and against Trump’s funding requests to deport immigrants. Young leaders, national allies and champions on Capitol Hill have pledged to protect immigrant communities from the vile attacks from the right-wing.

“We are demanding that our allies, partners and elected officials at every level of government—from Senators and Congressmen and mayors and city council members—fight like hell to keep immigrant families together,” said Kica Matos, spokeswoman for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM). “Not one dollar should go to Trump’s odious budget that will undoubtedly destroy our communities.”

“Trump’s enforcement machine is unlike anything we have seen before—it’s enforcement on steroids,” added Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA). “Every day, immigrants are being terrorized by our government with the use of our tax dollars. Enough is enough.”

Five components shape the national campaign: uplifting the stories of families, movement-building trainings focused on growing youth involvement, a robust social media campaign, civic engagement ahead of the 2018 elections and congressional visits.

“I’m going to do everything possible to make our communities safer, and to keep our families together,” said Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-Ill). “If there was a budget that eliminated Planned Parenthood, or same-sex marriage, or people’s ability to form unions, Democrats would stand together to oppose it without question. I expect the same Democrats to stand up for immigrant families and support not one dollar for Trump’s deportation machine.”

More than 100 progressive allies have signed on to join the fight against funding for Trump’s deportation agenda.

Jonathan Lipman, Chief Strategy Officer at Bend the Arc Jewish Action said, “These budget proposals, and the radical increase in deportation that they would enable, are exactly what Trump’s ugly rhetoric on immigrants looks like when you turn it into policy. They will lead to the cruel separation by force of thousands of families. Families who came to America in search of a better life, just as so many of our Jewish ancestors did. We’ve seen before where rhetoric and policies like Donald Trump’s can lead, and we won’t stand for it in this country. We’re very proud to join in this effort from FIRM to resist the inhumane deportation machine.”

Bridgette Gomez, director of Latinx Outreach and Engagement for Planned Parenthood added, “No one’s health should be compromised because of their immigration status. We need policies that bring communities together, not ones that waste our public funding. No dollar should be spent on separating families. We should be investing in policies that support our communities.”

The Not One Dollar campaign is the line in the sand to allies and foes alike: stand with us or be prepared to meet the collective resistance of our movement and our allies.

 

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White Nationalist Grip White House Tightly, Introduce Bill Targeting Legal Immigration

For Immediate Release: August 2, 2017

White Nationalist Grip White House Tightly, Introduce Bill Targeting Legal Immigration

 (WASHINGTON)—Sulma Arias, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below after the introduction of the RAISE Act:

“Once again White Nationalists are pushing their ethnic cleansing agenda, scapegoating immigrants for their own inability to create a labor market that works for everyone. Today’s announcement that Trump supports the RAISE ACT introduced by Senators Purdue (R-GA) and Cotton (R-AR) is a direct attack on all immigrants, on our legal immigration system, and on one of the core principles that drives immigration—family reunification. The reality is that immigrants do not take jobs from Americans. In fact, it is the already wealthy CEOs who undercut the labor market, and move jobs overseas, including Trump and his family who make all of their products outside of the U.S. Immigrants help grow and support our economy and revitalize communities throughout the country.  

The RAISE Act would cut legal immigration per year by half, limit permanent resident status for refugees to 50,000 a year, eliminate diversity visas,  and restrict reunification visas—all of which affect African, Latino and Asian immigrants disproportionately.

Putting America first means upholding and defending the values we hold near and dear. Putting America first is not pitting one group of workers against the other. Targeting families and black and brown immigrants because racist organization like FAIR line your pockets is not the same as family values.

To all members of Congress: we’re watching and we’re demanding that you denounce bigotry camouflaged as patriotism.” 

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Arpaio is Guilty of More Than Contempt

Arpaio is Guilty of More Than Contempt

(Phoenix)—Sulma Arias, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), and Petra Falcon, Executive Director of Promise Arizona (PAZ), issued the statement below after a U.S. District Judge found former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio guilty of criminal contempt of court:

“For more than two decades Joe Arpaio used his position as sheriff to terrorize black and brown families, boasting about his gross abuse of power, racial profiling and the dehumanizing conditions at Tent City. Today’s court ruling affirms our belief in the court system to uphold our values.

The immigrant community is in solidarity, working to repair the damage and pain of Arpaio’s racist policies that tore families and communities apart. We will continue to work to dismantle hate at every level of government.”

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