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Support for Trump’s White Nationalist Enforcement Agenda a Non-starter
(WASHINGTON)—In response to recent Democratic leadership announcements of a deal on DACA, the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), the nation’s largest coalition of immigrant rights groups, issued the following statement:
“Immigrants are not a bargaining chip for politicians,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “There cannot be a single dollar providing additional support for already out-of-control federal immigration agents. Immigrant communities are already under siege from Trump’s white nationalist agenda. Collaboration is not an option. Immigrant families have suffered enough and more enforcement is definitely not the answer.”
“Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi need to stand up and draw a line in the sand that prevents the GOP from using Dreamers to advance a racist anti-immigrant agenda,” Matos said. “And Republicans of good will on this issue of which there are many – you have a clear choice: stand with these young Americans or stand with the Steve Bannon wing of your party.”
“Dream Act, yes. Enforcement, no,” Matos said.
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 www.fairimmigration.org or follow us on Twitter @Re4mImmigration.
Protect Dreamers Now
(WASHINGTON)— Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below after Senators Durbin (D-IL) and Graham (R-SC) introduced the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017:
“An entire generation is counting on lawmakers to do the right thing both on the immediate threats to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and on passing a clean DREAM Act. Recently, ten state attorneys general—buoyed by the nativist wing of the GOP—urged the Administration to end DACA, an act that would derail the lives of nearly 800,000 young people who are actively contributing to their communities, working and going to school. DACA has opened a door of opportunities for a generation of immigrant youths, allowing them to live their lives without fear of deportation and those young people need assurance that the program will continue until the permanent solution, the DREAM Act, is enacted.
The introduction of the Dream Act of 2017 is a positive step and we applaud the bipartisan effort on the bill. However, we remain concerned that some in Congress will play politics and attempt to get more money for immigration enforcement. This is reckless and unacceptable and a poor reflection of our values.
Let this be a signal to all elected officials that the immigrant community is standing strong. We will not back down and we will not support a single dollar for separating families.
Trump Administration Rolls Back DAPA Policy in Heartless Move
(WASHINGTON)— Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below after the Administration made an announcement about the DACA program:
“On the heels of the 5th anniversary of DACA, the Trump Administration announced what we already know: DACA recipients will continue to live their lives, contribute to their communities, go to school, work and take care of their families under their current DACA status. Simultaneously, the Administration revoked an Obama era policy memo that created the DAPA policy to keep parents with their children. The DAPA policy, originally created to protect the parents of U.S. citizen children, was held up in legal battles, preventing it from implementation and rescinding the memo was symbolic and cruel.
“Tearing families apart, uprooting their lives and stripping them from the communities they have built is not the way forward. It is not reflective of the values we profess as a country. Our fight continues and will not stop until every person can live their lives freely and outside of the shadows.”