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FIRM’s Reaction to Recent ICE Raids

More Humanity and Fairness Needed to Solve Immigration Crisis
Government shouldn’t trample on immigrants and their communities

Today FIRM (Fair Immigration Reform Movement) reiterated its call for just and humane immigration reform and immigrant rights following the actions of Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Postville, Iowa last week and yesterday in San Rafael, Calif. Both raids have destroyed the families and communities of hardworking immigrants.

“All Americans should be outraged by these actions committed by our government toward human beings who have come to this country for a better way of life,” said Marissa Graciosa of FIRM. “Whether it’s the ‘denial of basic legal protections to immigrant workers’ as pointed out by ACLU or the traumatic experience of pre-dawn raids of family homes in San Rafael, we need to bring an end to these un-American tactics.”

FIRM and its partner organization, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, and dozens of other allies helped organize the march to the Cattle Congress grounds and rally on Sunday, May 18 in response to the largest raid in U.S. history

“We can all agree that our immigration system is broken, but these raids and deportations aren’t going to fix it,” said Hugh Espey, executive director of Iowa CCI. “The cost of raids is not only sky-high in terms of taxpayer dollars, but in terms of damage done to the communities experiencing them. These communities have been traumatized, their economies destroyed, and their families ripped apart.”

FIRM demands President Bush step in to put an immediate stop to the raids. In addition, we call on all presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain, to promise just and humane immigration reform in their first 100 days in office. FIRM urges all Americans to ask their elected officials and community employers for better treatment of our hardworking immigrant neighbors.

As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

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