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Kica Matos

Our Message Remains the Same: DREAM Act Now!

For Immediate Release: April 18, 2018

Our Message Remains the Same: DREAM Act Now!

(WASHINGTON)—Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, FIRM, issued the following statement after Reps. Aguilar, Denham and Hurd announced the bipartisan “queen-of-the-hill” rule:

“Millions of undocumented young adults have been in limbo for more than seven months as a result of Trump’s cruel move to end DACA and racist-wing Republican obstructionism. The ‘queen-of-the-hill’ rule will allow a vote on the DREAM Act—the only solution to the chaos caused by this administration. People’s lives are on the line. Tens of thousands of young immigrants have lost their DACA, their lifeline to work and go to school; it allowed them to live their lives without fear of deportation. Too many have been separated from their loved ones.

Our position has been clear from the beginning: allow a vote on a clean DREAM Act that does not sacrifice families in any way. It’s an election year, and it’s time Paul Ryan listen to the American people. Our base is ready to support our champions and reject the elected officials who deny us our right to live out our dreams.”

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National Guard Deployment Detrimental to Southern Border Communities

For Immediate Release: April 4, 2018

National Guard Deployment Detrimental to Southern Border Communities

(WASHINGTON)—Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, FIRM, reacted to the news that President Trump plans to sign a proclamation that would deploy the National Guard to the southern border region:

“Deployment of the National Guard to southern border is not only a waste of valuable resources, but an infringement on the rights of the border communities. The truth is that unauthorized border crossings are at a 46 year low. We need policies that generate investment in communities, not militarizes them.

This is yet another attempt by Trump to use fear and incendiary tweets to divide us. Instead, the National Guard would be more helpful in places like Puerto Rico that need the help rebuilding. We cannot let fear-mongering get in the way of embracing our values.”

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Rogue ICE Empowered to Detain Pregnant Women

For Immediate Release: March 29, 2018   

Rogue ICE Empowered to Detain Pregnant Women

(WASHINGTON)—Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, FIRM, reacted to the new ICE directive to detain pregnant immigrant women:

“The attacks on immigrants by this administration have reached a new low, even for this morally bankrupt president. Already rogue ICE agents can now make whatever call they want regarding the detention of pregnant women—which will undoubtedly lead to an increase in the number of incarcerated pregnant women.  

This latest directive affirms that this administration has no respect for the dignity and worth of women—or people of color. This is why we fought tirelessly against an increase in DHS funding and this is why we will fight to win in November and remove legislators who support this evil administration.”

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