For Immediate Release: September 19, 2017
In TPS Decision for Sudan Trump’s Administration Continues to Side with White Supremacists
(WASHINGTON)— Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below after the Trump administration terminated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudanese people:
“This cruel action by Trump’s Administration confirms their anti-Muslim sentiments. Nearly 1,000 Sudanese people who have built their lives in the United States for decades, will be sent back to Sudan. These families have deep roots in their communities. They are our friends and our neighbors.
TPS was created to help people facing unlivable conditions from war, environmental disasters and other harmful conditions. Ending this program is not reflective of who we are as a country: compassionate people who believe everyone should have a chance at living a fulfilled life.
We denounce the Administration’s decision and urge them to reverse it and renew TPS for the additional eight countries for the full 18 months. Republicans in Congress need to stand up for what’s right and protect communities with TPS.”
For Immediate Release: Thursday, August 31, 2017
Federal Judge Halts Hate-Backed Law SB 4
(WASHINGTON)—Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the following statement after a federal judge issued a preliminary ruling against the state of Texas and halted the implementation of SB 4:
“As families in Texas begin to deal with the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, immigrant communities can breathe a sigh of relief that a federal judge has blocked parts of SB 4, the country’s most anti-immigrant law. Black and brown families can now focus on recovery instead of living with the worry of survival coupled with the fear of deportation.
The preliminary ruling blocks key provisions in the law that prevent sanctuary cities, as well as the requirements that local law enforcement act as immigration officers and hold undocumented immigrants in detention. While this ruling is a temporary victory, it affirms what we’ve been saying: SB 4 is a racist law put forth by white supremacists whose only goal is to make America white again.
Hurricane Harvey has devastated Texas, displacing millions of residents from their homes. The state’s large immigrant communities should not have to worry about their status when seeking help for their families. As Congress returns to session next week, we urge all lawmakers to put politics aside when they reconvene to provide funds for all residents affected by Hurricane Harvey.”
For Immediate Release: August 25, 2017
Arpaio and Trump: Partners in Racist Crimes
(Phoenix)—Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), and Petra Falcon, Executive Director of Promise Arizona (PAZ), issued the statement below after Donald Trump pardoned Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio:
“It is beyond reprehensible that Trump has pardoned Joe Arpaio for advancing racist policies that terrorized immigrants and people of color in Arizona for more than two decades. Arpaio is guilty of more than criminal contempt of court. He is guilty of tearing families apart, discriminating against people of color, and treating human beings without dignity and respect.
By pardoning one of the nation’s most extreme anti-immigrant sheriffs, Donald Trump is perpetuating Arpaio’s crimes and revealing his full-fledged support for a White Supremacist agenda.
Our communities deserve better. America deserves a president who denounces racism without equivocation, not one who makes excuses for hate and intolerance. Trump may have pardoned Arpaio, but history will not. We will continue to repair the damage in our society Arpaio caused, fight for our families, and oppose Trump’s repressive agenda.”