FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 2, 2017
Puppet Trump Fails to Stand Up To White Supremacists Again
(Washington)—Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the following statement after reports broke that Trump rejected attaching a DACA fix to the year end spending bill:
“Trump has been holding DACAmented youth hostage for nearly two months, leaving these young immigrants in complete disarray. Spineless lawmakers need to do what’s right and stop using our lives as bargaining chips for political brownie points. Inaction is not an option. The majority of Americans want protection for these young immigrants by the end of the year. Congress needs to act and pass a clean Dream Act immediately!
Already 22,000 DACAmented youth are at risk of deportation because Congress has failed to stand up to a White Supremacist agenda. Our message to legislators and the White House and Congressional Republicans is very clear: stop talking and get it together; Move now or you will forever have on your conscience the possible deportation and destruction of the lives and dreams of hundreds of thousands of young people.
The Trump administration began the year by attacking immigrants with enforcement executive orders and a Muslim ban and they are looking to close the year with extreme vetting, threats to the diversity visa system and leaving 800,000 young people at risk of deportation.
Enough is enough. We need to call these attacks on immigrants for what they are: racist. This is about making America white again, and pushing black and brown people into the shadows.”
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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.