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Lee Francis Cissna’s Anti-Immigrant History Jeopardizes USCIS

For Immediate Release: June 15, 2017

Contact: Jasmine Nazarett, jnazarett@communitychange.org, 202-339-9330

Lee Francis Cissna’s Anti-Immigrant History Jeopardizes USCIS

 (WASHINGTON)— Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve Lee Francis Cissna’s nomination for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director:

“Lee Francis Cissna has a track record of adopting anti-immigrant positions, including in his current role as director of immigration policy at the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Policy. It is no wonder that already hate groups such as the Center for Immigration Studies are salivating over this nomination. Instead of nominating a candidate who would uphold the neutrality of this agenda, Trump has instead nominated someone who will be more than willing to carry out his mass deportation agenda.

“To the Senators voting to move Cissna’s nomination closer to a confirmation: we are watching you. A vote for Cissna is a vote against families. USCIS should not be led by a xenophobe who is already playing a crucial role in Trump’s bigoted agenda.”

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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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