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FIRM Network Takes Over Congressional Republican Offices to Demand the DREAM Act Now

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 18, 2018

FIRM Network Takes Over Congressional Republican Offices to Demand the DREAM Act Now

Nineteen protestors arrested as Senators McConnell, Cotton, Cornyn and Grassley and Representative McCarthy see their offices filled with dozens of DREAMers, parents, teachers, and activists

(Washington, D.C.)—More than 100 immigrants, activists, educators, students and allies protested in the offices of Congressional Republicans to demand they withhold their vote for a continuing resolution that does not include the DREAM Act. Protesters held sit-ins in the offices of Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA 23rd District) and Senators McConnell (R-KY), Cotton (R-AR), Cornyn (R-TX) and Grassley (R-IA), leading to the arrest of 19 people.

“These fearless DREAMers and activists have escalated their actions into civil disobedience actions, putting their bodies on the line in order to get the DREAM Act passed,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “Trump threw an entire generation of young adults onto a space of fear and uncertainty when he ended DACA, and Congress has demonstrated its spinelessness in the face of white supremacy.”

Tens of thousands of DACAmented adults have already lost the protections afforded to them under DACA. They have lost their driver’s licenses, work permits, and the ability to enroll in public universities and receive in-state tuition in some states.

In addition to the sit-ins and civil disobedience, FIRM members met with Members during scheduled and drop in visits. The FIRM participants came from 16 states, including Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

“Congress’ failure to find a solution and act now to protect DREAMers is unconscionable,” added Matos.

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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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