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Immigrant Rights Groups, Labor, Faith, Families, and Members of Congress to Demand Obama Administration Put an End to Home Raids of Central American Immigrants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 7, 2016
CONTACT: Carlos Vogel, (202) 239-2133, cvogel@communitychange.org

Donna De La Cruz, (202) 441-3798, ddelacruz@communitychange.org


(WASHINGTON)—Immigrant rights groups, along with labor, faith, families, and members of Congress, will hold a news conference in front of the White House on Friday, Jan. 8. 2016, to demand that the Obama Administration immediately put an end to their plan to continue to raid people’s homes, terrorize families and rip them apart.

The groups participating include: the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM); CASA, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC); the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); Church World Service (CWS); United We Dream (UWD); Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights; National Domestic Workers Alliance; and impacted families.

“We will not stand by and allow this to happen to families who came to the U.S. to escape extreme violence and poverty,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “If these families are deported — and most of them would be women and children, they would be returned to places they fled to escape being killed, raped or tortured.”

Press Conference Details:

DATE: Friday, Jan. 8, 2016

TIME: 9:00 a.m. ET

PLACE: In front of the White House (Lafayette Park side)

SPEAKERS: Sulma Arias, Immigration Field Director, Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM)

                    Gustavo Torres, Co-Chair, Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM)

                    Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez

                    Jaime Contreras, 32BJ SEIU, Vice-President

                    Rev. Noel Andersen, Grassroots Coordinator for Immigrant Rights, Church World Services

                    Kamal Essaheb, Director of Policy and Advocacy, NILC

                    Greisa Martinez, Director of Advocacy, United We Dream (UWD) 

                    Directly Impacted Family



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