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Republicans Continue to Vote in Favor of Separating Families

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Contact: Bernardita M. Yunis Varas, byunisvaras@communitychange.org, 202.339.9377
Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org 202.339.9331

Fair Immigration Reform Movement Condemns GOP Vote Today to Undo President’s Administrative Action, Repeal DACA 

(WASHINGTON)—Republicans showed today that they continue to be in favor of separating families, voting nearly along party lines to undo President Obama’s administrative action to help keep children with their parents and to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“While some Republicans did stand up and vote against several of the anti-immigrant amendments, none of the House Leadership did, officially signaling that they will support efforts to separate families and deport parents and children,” said Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM). “More Republicans must stand up and speak up for what is right—humane immigration reform that keeps families together.”

“It is also outrageous that the first vote the House Republican leadership decided to take on immigration punishes millions of hardworking immigrants who have contributed so much to the U.S. economy and have come to love their adopted country,” Matos added.

At a news conference before the vote today, Isabel Aguilar, a member of the FIRM group CASA de Maryland, spoke of how she moved to the U.S. 11 years ago from Honduras to provide a better life for her family. She and her husband and three children, two of them U.S. citizens. Under administrative action, Isabel and her husband would be eligible to stay in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program.

“We need an opportunity, we need a work permit,” Aguilar said. “We can’t give security to our children if we don’t feel secure.”

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