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FIRM statement on yesterday’s vote

Senate Votes for Broken Status Quo on Immigration

Statement of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement:

“This morning a majority of Senators shamefully voted for the broken status quo on immigration. While a small and vocal minority succeeded in stoking racial fears and xenophobic paranoia to end prospects for S. 1639, the push for humane immigration reform will continue as never before in communities across our nation.

As a result of this failure, the status quo — our enforcement-only immigration system — will continue to wreak havoc around the nation. Families will remain separated, workers will continue to be exploited and raids will continue to violently rip parents away from their children. America will become a police state for anyone who looks or sounds like an immigrant. This outcome is a disgrace and a slap in the face to the very values on which this country was built.

America needs to reform its immigration system, and no amount of anti-immigrant rhetoric or right wing pandering will change this.  FIRM stands for a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented living in the United States, a future worker program with strong worker protections and a pathway to citizenship, an end to family immigration backlogs, and the protection of the basic due process guarantees and civil liberties enjoyed by all Americans.

“This country’s future is at stake. The anger and disappointment we feel today is the fuel and energy to continue our fight tomorrow.  No elected official is off the hook.  The Senate still has the moral obligation to address the nation’s broken immigration system, and now attention will shift to the House to bring up a genuinely humane and comprehensive bill that addresses the real needs of America‘s immigrants, workers and communities.”

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