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Highest Court Decision Welcomed, Immigrant Youth Need Permanent Solution

For Immediate Release: February 26, 2018

Highest Court Decision Welcomed, Immigrant Youth Need Permanent Solution

(WASHINGTON)—Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, FIRM, issued the statement below after the Supreme Court denied the Department of Justice’s request for expedited review of the DACA injunction:

“We welcome the Supreme Court’s decision to keep the Trump administration from fast tracking the fate of DACA and allow the justice system to do its job.  The DACA cases will continue to move forward in the lower courts, rebuking Donald Trump’s white supremacy agenda that prioritized removing all people of color from the country. Hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrant youth can still reapply for DACA and continue to live the lives they’ve already built.

However, we continue to fight for permanence and for individuals who can no longer apply for DACA for the first time.  Congress must still do its job and pass a permanent solution that will get this generation out of limbo and on a path to citizenship. We’re looking at you Paul Ryan when we say pass the DREAM Act now, or feel our power in the voting booth in November.”

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White House Wasteful Border Wall Demands are Harmful, Disgraceful

For Immediate Release: January 5, 2018

White House Wasteful Border Wall Demands are Harmful, Disgraceful

(WASHINGTON)— Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the following reaction to the White House’s Demands for wasteful border wall funding:

“The White House continues to play games with the lives of millions of immigrants, threatening the fate of 800,000 immigrant youth. It took the Administration minutes to terminate DACA, but the consequences will impact generations. Children will be forced to grow up without their parents, families will be unable to reunite and the most vulnerable seeking asylum will be left out. This is not a game show, the White House’s callous game playing is harming people’s lives. Thousands of young immigrants have lost the ability to go to work, school and live their lives already, and more are impacted every day.

The White House’s list of immigration demands are a White Supremacist’s dream. It advances an agenda that seeks to make America White again by attacking legal migration and safe communities, building a ridiculous border wall and hiring more agents for a rogue agency that has repeatedly abused its power.

Congress must to do its job and pass a permanent solution for DACA recipients and for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country.

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Thousands of Immigrants, Friends and Families Rally on Capitol Hill to Demand the DREAM Act Now

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 6, 2017

Thousands of Immigrants, Friends and Families Rally on Capitol Hill to Demand the DREAM Act Now

Congressman Luis Gutierrez and Congresswoman Judy Chu Risk Arrest During Civil Disobedience with Activists

(Washington, D.C.)—Thousands of immigrants, activists, educators, students, families and friends rallied on Capitol Hill to demand Congress pass the DREAM Act and find a permanent solution for TPS beneficiaries before the year’s end. In an act of escalation, 181 people risked arrest during the largest civil disobedience of the modern immigration rights movement. Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill) and Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) were among those arrested.

“Our families cannot keep waiting for Congress to act and pass the DREAM Act,” said Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) spokesperson Kica Matos. “Millions of people’s lives are on the line and more than 120 DACAmented youth lose their status daily. Congress needs to do its job and pass the DREAM Act before leaving for recess. We deserve the opportunity to live our lives with dignity and without fear of being deported.”

Immigrant communities have been confronting a series of attacks and setbacks, particularly the termination of DACA and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Sudanese people. Tens of thousands of other TPS holders face uncertainty as the renewal deadlines loom. Congress can pass the Dream Act for immigrant youth and a solution for the 300,000 TPS holders who have long made United States their home.

“Today was one of the biggest mobilizations by immigrants and for immigrants in years,” said CASA in Action president Gustavo Torres. “Thousands stood up for their rights to be in this country and our allies showed up as well. The truth is Americans all over the country support Dreamers and those with TPS. Teachers, parish priests, neighbors, sons, everybody wanted to show their support. People recognize that this is a human rights issue during a very dark time in this nation’s history.”

More than 70 buses full of immigrants came to DC, including 30 organized by CASA/CASA in Action. The FIRM participants came from 21 states, including Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

The Rally to Defend Our Immigrant Families was organized by FIRM, CASA/Casa in Action, SEIU and United We Dream.

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