Obama Administration Must End Raids on Homes of Central American Immigrants NOW

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sunday, January 3, 2016CONTACT: Carlos Vogel, (202) 239-2133, cvogel@communitychange.org

Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) Denounces Raids

(WASHINGTON)—The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) is appalled, outraged and heartbroken that President Obama has put in place his administration’s plan to raid the homes of Central American immigrants targeted for deportation.

FIRM has received confirmed reports that women and children were taken from their homes in Georgia and Maryland and placed in detention centers on Saturday.

“FIRM demands that President Obama, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and ICE Director Sarah Saldana immediately put an end to this reported plan to raid people’s homes, terrorize families and rip them apart,” 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.”

“These families came to the United States seeking refuge and better lives, like countless millions of other immigrants. That is what has made America the great country that it is. Rounding up these families to deport them back to a region marked by extreme violence is inhumane,” Matos added.

“FIRM will do everything in its power to stop this reported plan from being implemented. We cannot and we will not remain silent when our families are living in fear of being separated and sent back to face possible harm, including death,” Matos said. “President Obama, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and ICE Director Sarah Saldana betrayal of the Latino and immigrant communities is one that will mark his legacy and that of this administration.”

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