Protect Dreamers Now
(WASHINGTON)— Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below after Senators Durbin (D-IL) and Graham (R-SC) introduced the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017:
“An entire generation is counting on lawmakers to do the right thing both on the immediate threats to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and on passing a clean DREAM Act. Recently, ten state attorneys general—buoyed by the nativist wing of the GOP—urged the Administration to end DACA, an act that would derail the lives of nearly 800,000 young people who are actively contributing to their communities, working and going to school. DACA has opened a door of opportunities for a generation of immigrant youths, allowing them to live their lives without fear of deportation and those young people need assurance that the program will continue until the permanent solution, the DREAM Act, is enacted.
The introduction of the Dream Act of 2017 is a positive step and we applaud the bipartisan effort on the bill. However, we remain concerned that some in Congress will play politics and attempt to get more money for immigration enforcement. This is reckless and unacceptable and a poor reflection of our values.
Let this be a signal to all elected officials that the immigrant community is standing strong. We will not back down and we will not support a single dollar for separating families.
Cruel, Callous Decision from SCOTUS on Muslim Ban
(WASHINGTON)— Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below after the Supreme Court ruled to reinstate parts of President Trump’s Muslim ban:
“The Supreme Court’s decision to allow a partial stay of Trump’s cruel Muslim ban is callous and confusing for the families whose lives now hang in the balance while the court hears the case and issues a final decision. Allowing parts of Trump’s bigoted Muslim ban to go into effect undermines everything we stand for as a country, evidenced by the outrage we saw when the order was first issued. We will not back down. We will continue to fight to protect our families in our communities and in the courts.”
For Immediate Release: June 8, 2017
Kris Kobach is Unfit for Public Office
(WASHINGTON)— Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), and Guadalupe Magdaleno, Executive Director of Sunflower Community Action in Kansas, issued the statement below following Kris Kobach’s announcement that he will run for Governor of Kansas:
“Kris Kobach is a threat to democracy—he is a bigot who has collaborated closely with hate groups to demonize immigrants and worked hard to disenfranchise millions of voters across the country. As Kansas Secretary of State, he wasted millions in a misguided and misinformed voter fraud effort.
“Kobach is an Architect of Hate and he’s relied on hate and fear to financially profit as he advanced and defended policies aimed at severely restricting immigration in the United States. He is simply not fit to be governor of Kansas—or hold any public office.
“Make no mistake: we are watching Kris Kobach as he pursues his political ambitions. As a movement we will fiercely organize and mobilize our members to push back on hate. Kris Kobach must be stopped.”
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.