For Immediate Release: January 25, 2018
Toxic Immigration Ransom Note Threatens Our Democracy
(WASHINGTON)—Today the White House rolled out its immigration proposal. The following is the reaction of Kica Matos, Fair Immigration Reform Movement spokesperson:
“The white supremacists who operate in the White House without hoods have hijacked the immigration debate in our country, attempting to hold young, undocumented immigrants hostage in exchange for a vile, extremely racist agenda that will drag our country back to the pre-civil rights era. The proposed immigration framework is also another attempt by the White House to undermine the delicate, bipartisan work happening in Congress.
Extreme cuts to legal immigration include eliminating family reunification and ending the diversity visa program. Not to mention $25 billion dollars for a ridiculous border wall. Let us not forget Trump promised that Mexico would fund his ludicrous idea.
This framework is the antithesis to who we are as Americans and the values we claim as ours. Family is the cornerstone of our communities. Instead of bringing our country together, this Administration has sowed the seeds of division and hate towards immigrants, leaving the state of our union bleak.”
Last week, amidst our planning for the big meeting at the White House this week, we got word that the meeting was being delayed for a second time. While this is a disappointment, we are still confident that the momentum is in our favor. Another delay will not negate the power behind the majority of the American public that is ready to see reform happen this year.
From Paco Fabian at America’s Voice:
Here’s the thing. President Obama has consistently pledged to move forward on immigration reform this year, and the expectation is clear that he will do just that. The time is ripe, with an overwhelming majority of voters supporting real reform an overwhelming majority of voters supporting real reform, a new national campaign to garner support in Congress, and both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi putting comprehensive immigration reform on the front-burner last week.
In the mean time, we have to hold the administration accountable. It is up to US to keep the pressure on and let President Obama and Congress know that the time is NOW (despite their delays) and that we won’t take no for an answer.
So what can you do? CALL THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY!
Call 5:00pm EST to tell Obama to pass immigration reform this year.
For Spanish: 1-866-967-6018
For English: 1-866-961-2143
When you are connected to the White House, please tell the operator that you would like President Obama to keep his promise and help pass comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship THIS YEAR.
Another delay doesn’t have to mean a set-back in the push for immigration reform this year, but we want to show the administration that we are serious and we WILL hold them accountable.