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Immigrant Families from the Fair Immigration Reform Movement and Allies Participate in Visits to Nearly 40 Members of Congress

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Contact: Bernardita M. Yunis Varas, byunisvaras@communitychange.org, 202.339.9377, 305.968.7542
Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org, 202.339.9331

Advocates Call on Republicans to Stop Attacking Immigrant Families with Anti-Immigrant Legislation

WASHINGTON—On Wednesday, hundreds of immigrant families and allies visited 40 Members of Congress to demand an end to the attacks on immigrant families. Activists from the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM)CASA de Maryland, Church World Service, SEIU-32BJ and others called on Congress to pass a “clean” DHS funding bill without any amendments that jeopardize the President’s important family unifying executive actions. FIRM families demanded their Members of Congress vote no on the harmful SAFE Act, and encouraged them to push for a permanent solution for all 11 million undocumented immigrants by passing comprehensive immigration reform.

FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos stated, “These anti-immigrant attacks may be nothing but political theater for Republicans, but if enacted, they would undermine reform and tear millions of families apart. The President’s recent action on immigration is good for our families and good for America. Congress must stop politicizing an issue that directly affects millions of hardworking families.”

“Immigrant rights advocates and our families will not stand idly by while Republicans continue with their hate mongering and continued attempts to increase already record levels of deportations, instead of focusing on the permanent solution of immigration reform. We remind Members of Congress that a vote against the President’s deferred action programs is a vote against families and the entire immigrant community. These attacks on reform are attacks against our families, against people of color, and against our American values,” Matos said.

“Today we are showing up to let Members of Congress know that we are watching them and taking stock of who is with us and who is against us,” Matos added.

Some of the offices the 300 families and activists visited included Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Rep. Steve King (R-IA), and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). Immigrant families and activists left behind letters for Members of Congress memorializing their demands and urging Congress to provide a real solution to America’s broken immigration system.

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