National Immigrant Rights Organization to Launch Fast and Vigil to Demand the 5th Circuit Court to Rule on Administrative Relief

For Planning Purposes: Tuesday, October 13, 2015Contact: Carlos Vogel, 202-239-2133,

***PRESS CALL-IN NUMBER: 719-234-7800. Access Code: 423650***

5th Circuit Judges are Functionally Acting as Puppets of Far-Right Anti-Immigrant Republicans  

Washington, D.C., - The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), along with directly impacted immigrant families and national leaders representing faith, labor, civil rights and the community will launch “The Fast to Keep Families Together” - a powerful 9 day fast and vigil on Wednesday, October 14th outside the courthouse in New Orleans to demand the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals rule on the administrative relief case they have been sitting on for almost a year. The administrative relief programs could keep families together and provide them with temporary protections.

The strategy of anti-immigrant Republicans, aided by a conservative court delaying a response to President Obama’s administrative relief, is tearing apart thousands of families every day. Republicans are playing politics with the courts and people’s lives and are putting American values on hold.

Only weeks ago Pope Francis attempted to teach these Republicans about the Golden Rule: "Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves."

“Every day the 5th Circuit Court delays its decision, it is making a political choice,” said Sulma Arias, FIRM’s spokesperson. “There is no reason to sit on this decision other than to advance the partisan political agenda of anti-immigrant Republicans. Tearing families apart to advance an anti-immigrant agenda for political reasons is unacceptable and inhumane.  Politicians and judges who stand against DAPA and DACA stand against American families and communities.”

 WHO:     Fair Immigration Reform Movement, impacted immigrant families and national leaders representing faith, labor, civil rights, and the community.

FASTERS: Petra Falcon, PAZ Executive Director, AZ.

Chung Mok Lee, Immigrant Rights Advocate, Korean Resource Center, CA.

Isabel Medina, DAPA eligible, CHIRLA, CA.

Mayra Jannet Ramirez, DACA recipient and DAPA relative, Sunflower                               Community Action, KS.

Alan Santos Gomez, Faith leader, CASA, MD.

Gustavo Andrade, CASA Organizing Director, MD.

Miguel H. Claros, DAPA eligible, CASA, MD.

Myrta Ventura, DAPA eligible, CASA, MD.

Rosario Hernandez, DAPA eligible, CASA, MD

Aldo Solano, DAPA relative and current DACA recipient, Causa, OR.

Nora Hernandez, DACA extension eligible, El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos,

New Mexico.

Daily solidarity participation from national and local leaders, as well as Solidarity events around the country.

 WHAT:   “The Fast to Keep Families Together”- 9 Days of Fast and Vigil.

WHEN:   From Wednesday, October 14th – Thursday, October 22nd.

                   Press Conference on Wednesday, October 14th at 10:00

                   PRESS CALL-IN NUMBER: 719-234-7800. Access Code: 423650

WHERE:  Outside 5th Circuit Court. 600 Camp Street. New Orleans, LA 70130


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