Immigrants and Activists to Congress: Not One Penny for Trump’s Bigotry Agenda

For Immediate Release: May 23, 2017Contact: Jasmine Nazarett,, 202-339-9330

Immigrants and Activists to Congress: Not One Penny for Trump’s Bigotry Agenda

(WASHINGTON)— The following statement is from Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) following the release to Trump’s FY 18 budget:

“Trump’s White Nationalist-inspired budget is tragic for immigrants and will tear at the fabric of our nation. The billions that he wants to set aside to demonize immigrants will have tragic consequences. It will mean kids growing up without their parents or abuelos. It will mean partners being separated from one another. It will mean friendly neighborhood faces living out their worst nightmares.

“Trump’s budget is an epic fail. It punishes families by decimating federal programs that help people put food on the table, while funding his inhumane, racist and bigoted deportation agenda. Instead of investing in communities, the Administration is hell bent on separating families and uprooting them from their communities. The budget includes $2.6 billion to begin planning for the wall and border security, and $300 million to recruit and train 1,500 new Border Patrol and ICE Agents in 2018.

“Our message to Democrats and Republicans alike remains the same: we will not not tolerate a single penny being set aside for Trump’s bigoted agenda. It is appalling that the Administration is attempting to fund hate off the backs of taxpayers while also working hard to criminalize all immigrants. The movement and our allies are watching and we expect our champions and supporters to fight hard on behalf of our immigrant families.”


The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) is the nation’s largest immigrant-rights coalition, with grassroots organizations fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state and federal level. For more information, go to or follow us on Twitter @Re4mImmigration.