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People’s Lives Are Not Bargaining Chips

For Immediate Release: August 22, 2017

 

People’s Lives Are Not Bargaining Chips

 (Phoenix)—Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below rejecting Trump’s White Nationalist Immigration Agenda:

“White Supremacists have taken their hoods off, unafraid to terrorize black and brown communities because Donald Trump is proudly carrying their torch in the White House. The so called ‘deal’ leaked to the press today uses DACA as a bargaining chip for a misguided and dangerous legislative deal on right wing immigration policy. It is nothing more than a wish list for xenophobes that holds 800,000 DREAMers hostage in an attempt to execute their ethnic cleansing agenda.

DACA has opened doors for young people to live their lives, work and contribute to their communities without fear of deportation. Ending DACA would result in a loss of more than $460 billion from the national GDP over the next decade and remove almost 685,000 workers from the economy.

Immigrants and progressive allies have poured into the streets to defend the values our country was founded on.

The resistance is only getting stronger. We’ve come out in full force at airports, in front of the White House, at rallies in city squares and marches across the country to denounce the hate-filled rhetoric of the racist-wing. It is time the President of the United States does the same.”

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