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Nation’s Largest Immigrant Rights Coalition Demand Clean Dream Act

Contact: Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org (202) 339-9331

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.

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The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) is the nations 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.

 

 

 

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Jose Antonio Vargas Gives Voice to Families in Immigration Reform Testimony

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013

Contact:

English-language media: Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org (202) 339-9331

Spanish-language media: Ricardo Ramirez, rramirez@communitychange.org (202) 905-1738

Jose Antonio Vargas Gives Voice to Families in Immigration Reform Testimony

Senate Must Take Action Now on a Bill With a Path to Citizenship 

(WASHINGTON)—Jose Antonio Vargas today provided a powerful voice to undocumented immigrant families in the fight for comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship. And Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said she has never seen a better opportunity to pass a comprehensive immigration bill until now.

The Senate must seize this opportunity and take action on a bill with a path to citizenship. And they must remember Vargas’s testimony and the words of other undocumented immigrants, said Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), a coalition of immigrant rights groups in 30 states.

Vargas asked the Senate Judiciary Committee members “What do you want to do with us?” before recounting how he was brought to America from the Philippines by his grandfather an American citizen. Vargas is the only member of his extended family who is undocumented.

“The Senate must not let political infighting and one-upmanship derail bipartisan legislation that is humane and compassionate and will allow the 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country work to become full-fledged Americans,” said Matos, also the Director of Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice for the Center for Community Change. The Center is a FIRM member.

“The House must also remember families as they craft legislation that must include a path to citizenship,” Matos added. “We will not support any legislation that does not provide undocumented immigrants a way to become full-fledged Americans.”

 

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Keeping Families Together in our Fight for Immigration Reform

This year has been a huge one for DREAMers who earlier this year were granted deferred action status. But the fight for DREAMers is not over. Although they now have the ability to stay in the U.S. without fear, their parents and other family members do not live with same sense of security.   Keeping families together is why immigration reform leaders are meeting in D.C.

Immigrant families have contributed to our economy and are an integral piece in the framework of our American society. A coalition of grassroots organizations and The Campaign for Community Change are organizing to launch the, Keeping Families Together campaign tour. The tour will stop in New York, Detroit, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., among others. Family stories will be told at campaign rallies, vigils, community dinners, and will be recorded and shared with policymakers.

Our families want citizenship, which is a real solution that upholds our nation’s values, and moves us forward together.  Our current immigration system is badly broken. What people don’t understand is that there is literally no way for some undocumented immigrants to become legal, including people who were here as young children. And unscrupulous employers can prey on workers and pay low wages. A path to citizenship will give immigrants an opportunity to become legal, pay taxes, and participate fully in American society.

So DREAMers and their families will continue to work toward comprehensive immigration reform, and the Keeping Families Together summit will help us achieve it.

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