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Lee Francis Cissna’s Anti-Immigrant History Jeopardizes USCIS

For Immediate Release: June 15, 2017

Contact: Jasmine Nazarett, jnazarett@communitychange.org, 202-339-9330

Lee Francis Cissna’s Anti-Immigrant History Jeopardizes USCIS

 (WASHINGTON)— Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve Lee Francis Cissna’s nomination for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director:

“Lee Francis Cissna has a track record of adopting anti-immigrant positions, including in his current role as director of immigration policy at the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Policy. It is no wonder that already hate groups such as the Center for Immigration Studies are salivating over this nomination. Instead of nominating a candidate who would uphold the neutrality of this agenda, Trump has instead nominated someone who will be more than willing to carry out his mass deportation agenda.

“To the Senators voting to move Cissna’s nomination closer to a confirmation: we are watching you. A vote for Cissna is a vote against families. USCIS should not be led by a xenophobe who is already playing a crucial role in Trump’s bigoted agenda.”

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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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Immigrants and Activists to Congress: Not One Penny for Trump’s Bigotry Agenda

For Immediate Release: May 23, 2017
Contact: Jasmine Nazarett, jnazarett@communitychange.org, 202-339-9330

Immigrants and Activists to Congress: Not One Penny for Trump’s Bigotry Agenda

(WASHINGTON)— The following statement is from Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) following the release to Trump’s FY 18 budget:

“Trump’s White Nationalist-inspired budget is tragic for immigrants and will tear at the fabric of our nation. The billions that he wants to set aside to demonize immigrants will have tragic consequences. It will mean kids growing up without their parents or abuelos. It will mean partners being separated from one another. It will mean friendly neighborhood faces living out their worst nightmares.

“Trump’s budget is an epic fail. It punishes families by decimating federal programs that help people put food on the table, while funding his inhumane, racist and bigoted deportation agenda. Instead of investing in communities, the Administration is hell bent on separating families and uprooting them from their communities. The budget includes $2.6 billion to begin planning for the wall and border security, and $300 million to recruit and train 1,500 new Border Patrol and ICE Agents in 2018.

“Our message to Democrats and Republicans alike remains the same: we will not not tolerate a single penny being set aside for Trump’s bigoted agenda. It is appalling that the Administration is attempting to fund hate off the backs of taxpayers while also working hard to criminalize all immigrants. The movement and our allies are watching and we expect our champions and supporters to fight hard on behalf of our immigrant families.”

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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.

 

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Rise Up May 1st Event Organizers to Congress: Not One Dollar for Trump’s Deportation Machine!

For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 27, 2017

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

 Rise Up May 1st Event Organizers to Congress: Not One Dollar for Trump’s Deportation Machine!

 (WASHINGTON)–In response to ongoing negotiations on the federal budget, Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), released the following statement:

“On Monday, May 1st, in 200 events (and still growing) across the United States, hundreds of thousands of immigrant Americans and their supporters will loudly make their voices heard.”

“The immigrant rights movement, standing arm-in-arm with our allies in the faith community, the environmental movement, labor unions, business community and women’s groups will send a strong message: We will not stand for one dollar being allocated to Donald Trump’s hateful immigration policies.  We will not tolerate his continuing efforts to criminalize immigrants and separate families. Any support whatsoever for his deportation machinery is unacceptable to all Americans of good will.”

“This is our line in the sand for champions, allies and foes alike: no support of any kind for Donald Trump and his white nationalist agenda is acceptable. The movement and our allies are watching, and we expect that our champions and supporters will fight hard and smart on behalf of our immigrant families”

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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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