Obama’s Reported Plan to Terrorize People Seeking Refuge is Outrageous

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, May 12, 2016CONTACT: Carlos Vogel, (202) 239-2133, cvogel@communitychange.org

Obama’s Reported Plan to Terrorize People Seeking Refuge is Outrageous

(Washington, D.C.) - The following is a statement from Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) following news reports by Reuters that the Obama Administration is planning a month-long series of raids in May and June to deport hundreds of Central American mothers and children.

“The Obama administration's reported plan to launch a new wave of raids against Central American mothers and children in May and June is outrageous, horrific and unacceptable.  These raids will accomplish nothing but to create fear and terror throughout the country. The Administration's logic is also flawed -- deportations have not served as a deterrent --instead, they are a quick fix that carry with it terrible consequences. What we need instead are sensible policies grounded on our nation's principles.

“FIRM demands that President Obama and his Administration immediately put an end to this reported plan to raid people’s homes, terrorize families and rip them apart. If these mothers and children are deported, they would be returned to places they fled to escape being killed, raped or tortured. We know already that scores of refugees have been killed shortly after being deported to Central American countries by the Obama administration. The government must work to ensure that anyone in the country seeking protection is afforded safety, not deportation.

“FIRM will do everything in its power to ensure families are safe. 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. President Obama betrayal of this country’s values and will mark his legacy and that of this administration.”