Families Should Come First, Not Corporations

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 15, 2013Contact: For English language Media: Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org, 202-339-9331, 202-441-3798 (cell) For Spanish language Media: Ricardo Ramírez, rramirez@communitychange.org 202-339-9371, (202) 905-1738 (cell)

Families Should Come First, Not Corporations Immigrant Rights Coalition Tells Senate to Keep Families Together 

(WASHINGTON)—The largest immigrant rights groups in this country are demanding that the Senate put families first, not corporations, in considering who gets priority to enter the United States.

Media reports have said some Senators are considering making it more difficult for relatives of U.S. citizens to come to America while making it easier for high-skilled foreign workers to enter the country. Right now, spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens have top priority to enter the U.S., followed by unmarried children over the age of 21, and then married adult children and siblings.

“Apparently, certain Senators are continuing to represent only corporations and the extremely wealthy people in this country on all issues that come before them,” said Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM). “We will not support any measure that keeps families apart, and any proposal that puts the profit margins of corporations before people must never be included in any bill.”

“FIRM’s ‘Keeping Families Together’ campaign has highlighted the many hardships that families have to deal with under the current broken immigration system,” Matos added. “Spouses are living apart, children are living without one or both parents. The Senate should be looking for ways to keep families together.”

FIRM is comprised of the largest immigrant rights groups in 30 states. For more information on the Keeping Families Together campaign go to http://www.keepingfamiliestogether.net/