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Fair Immigration Reform Movement Groups Release Electoral Plans for November

For Immediate Release: Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
Contact: Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@cccaction.org (202) 339-9331

Legislative Targets Divided Into Two Categories: Family Uniters and Family Dividers 

(WASHINGTON)—Immigrant rights groups who are members of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) today released their electoral plans for November, dividing legislative targets into two categories: family uniters and family dividers.

Family uniters support efforts to allow immigrant families to remain together in the United States while they seek to become full-fledged citizens,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “Family dividers are those who have embraced policies of deportations, family separations and other cruel and inhumane legislation.”

“Politicians should remember just how powerful the Latino and immigrant vote is in this country,” Matos said. “Look at the Senate race in Colorado, a state where Latinos comprise an estimated 14 percent of the electorate. A report issued in June by Latino Decisions shows that 63 percent of Colorado Latino voters know an undocumented immigrant. And 35 percent said they know people who have been deported or detained.”

“Immigration reform is an extremely important decision in Colorado and in other states with a high percentage of Latino voters,” Matos added. “These groups will be out in full force from now...

Winning Recess: Amid Increasing Activity and Energy Across Country, Immigrant-Rights Movement Announces National Day to Fight for Families

For Immediate Release: August 19, 2014

With August on Track for More than 30 Events Demanding Justice for Immigrant Families, Groups will Cap Off Recess Win With a National Day of Action, August 28

WASHINGTON – Today, Tuesday, August 19, the nation’s largest immigrant-rights coalition, the Fair Immigration Movement (FIRM), announced the National Day to Fight for Families (#FightForFamilies), which will cap off a congressional recess where immigrant families, along with the broader population, dwarf anti-immigrant turnout and demand an end to the family-separation crisis.

The National Day to Fight for Families will include events across the country – 15 and counting so far – that will put our coalition at more than 30 high-visibility events for the month of August. This activity pressing for administrative relief comes amid broader fights our groups are waging at the local level: Drivers’ licenses, electoral campaigns, and having a presence in Congressional town halls.

Our groups ramped up recess mobilization following the unprecedented, immoral scapegoating of immigrants in Congress – even though a Fox News poll says an overwhelming majority of Americans want Congress to do “something – anything!” on immigration reform. Our families will remain steadfast in our call on President Obama to take...

Gutierrez, Blumenthal, to Join Massive Community Calls to Discuss Next Steps on Fight to End Immigrant Family Separation

For Immediate Release: August 8, 2014

*Media Advisory: Community Call on Monday, August 11, at 8pm EDT and 9pm EDT*

Groups Will Hold Two Calls – One in English with Sen. Blumenthal and One in Spanish with Rep. Gutiérrez – to Discuss Next Steps and Mobilizations Supporting Expected Measures from President Obama

English-language call, Monday 8pm EDT: Dial 855-756-7520, Ext. 25930
Spanish-language call, Monday 9pm EDT: Dial 855-756-7520, Ext. 25932

WASHINGTON – On Monday, August 11, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) will join a community call, the National Call to Action to Fight for Our Families (8pm ED in English and 9pm EDT in Spanish) where advocates and immigrant families will discuss next steps in the immigrant-rights movement.

The call is being put together by Reform Immigration for America, the Center for New Community, the Fair Immigration Movement, and Alliance for Citizenship. The English-language version will begin at 8pm EDT with Sen. Richard Blumenthal and several advocates, and will include a question-and-answer session. The Spanish-language version will begin at 9pm EDT with Rep. Gutiérrez and several advocates, and will also include a question-and-answer session.

Last week, Congressional Republicans made clear their contempt for immigrants by opting to destroy...

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