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5th Circuit Court of Appeals Decision Leaves Immigrant Families in Limbo

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Contact: Bernardita M. Yunis Varas, byunisvaras@cccaction.org, W: 202.339.9377, C: 305.968.7542
Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@cccaction.org, 202.339.9331

Immigrant Rights Groups Vow to Keep Fighting to Keep Families Together 

WASHINGTON—The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) strongly denounced the ruling from a three judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals denying the Justice Department’s request to lift an injunction and allow the administrative relief programs President Obama announced last year to move forward.

“This ruling is an affront for our immigrant families,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “From the beginning, this lawsuit has been part of the ongoing anti-immigrant attacks against hardworking immigrants led by the extreme right.”

“This is a temporary setback, but one that we do not take lightly,” said Matos. “Our families are tired of waiting, and they are tired of living in fear. If anything, this ruling has made us even more determined than ever to continue the fight. Our movement will continue to fearlessly escalate so our voices are heard during this fight. We will push aggressively and vigorously until we prevail. Our families deserve to work and live in this country they contribute to every day and call home....

Fair Immigration Reform Movement Urges President Obama to Put Families First and End Family Detentions

For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
Contact: Bernardita M. Yunis Varas, byunisvaras@communitychange.org, 202.339.9377

FIRM Urges All Members of Congress to Join Our Call to End Inhumane Detention of Immigrant Families

WASHINGTON—The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) sent a letter today to President Obama urging him to end the inhumane practice of family detention and calling for the immediate release of the families currently being held in U.S. detention centers. Pressure is mounting against detaining women and children after two federal courts recently called into question the legality of the Administration’s policy on detaining families. A federal judge ruled last month that the Administration was in violation of an earlier court settlement as a result of its use of detention of children crossing the southern border seeking escape from harm in their home countries.

“The widespread reports of inhumane treatment and prolonged detention of families in these facilities make it painfully obvious that prisons are no place for families, said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos.

“Locking up innocent mothers and their children is not reflective of our country’s values, and it is downright immoral,” said Matos. “We urge the President to seize this moment and do what is right for the families...

FIRM Groups Demand an End to Delay of President’s Administrative Relief Programs

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Contact: Bernardita M. Yunis Varas, byunisvaras@communitychange.org, 202.339.9377
Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org, 202.339.9331

Immigrant Families Will Continue to #Fight4DAPA

WASHINGTON-The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) joined the National Day of Action to #Fight4DAPA, with more than 30 events held to commemorate the day when millions of immigrant families should have been eligible to apply for relief from the programs announced by the President 180 days ago.

FIRM groups held events in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and Washington, DC.

“It is an outrage that hardworking immigrant families are still unable to access President Obama’s administrative relief programs,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos, “All because of a group of extremist, xenophobic Republicans who are continuing to push their anti-immigrant agenda – both in Congress and the courts. These Republican leaders are failing our communities and they are acting against the sentiments of the majority of Americans.”

“Delaying DAPA only serves to block the contributions that immigrants could make towards the economic strength of America, all the while continuing to tear families apart,” said Matos. “It is not only morally wrong,...

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