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Fair Immigration Reform Movement Vehemently Opposes Sen. Collins’ Bill that Would Separate Families

For Immediate Release: Friday, February 27, 2015
Contact: Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org, 202.339.9331

FIRM Calls on U.S. Senate to Defeat Anti-Immigrant Measure

(WASHINGTON)—The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) vehemently opposes Sen. Susan Collins’ bill that would block the provisions in President Obama’s executive actions and separate millions of immigrant families. FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos said every U.S. Senator should vote to defeat the bill.

“This bill offers no solutions on how to fix our broken immigration system,” Matos said. “Instead, it would create more chaos and harm by separating millions of families, stripping immigration officials of their discretion, and taking away vital protections for victims of domestic violence.”

“Sen. Collins’ bill is bad for all immigrant families, the entire U.S. economy and our nation as a whole,” Matos added. “Republicans continually show their anti-immigrant agenda and extreme ideology by pushing measures like Sen. Collins’ bill that do little to move our country forward.”

“FIRM will not allow these attacks on our communities to continue and we urge all lawmakers to vote against anti-immigrant legislation that tears apart families,” Matos said. “Poll after poll has shown that the majority of Americans support immigration reform. It’s time for Republicans to stop playing political...

Fair Immigration Reform Movement Praises President Obama, DOJ, for Standing with Families

For Immediate Release: Friday, February 20, 2015
Contact: Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org, 202.339.9331

DOJ Seeking to Lift Temporary Injunction Blocking Administrative Relief

(WASHINGTON)—The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) today praised President Obama and the Justice Department for the decision to seek an emergency order to lift a temporary injunction blocking administrative relief to millions of immigrant families.

“We are pleased that President Obama and the Justice Department are standing strong with immigrant families in an effort to end the suffering and fear of being separated through deportations,” Matos said. “Our families applaud this decision to not back down in the face of an extremely flawed court ruling issued by a Bush-appointed judge with a history of anti-immigrant views.”

“Our families are ready for administrative relief and remain confident the measures announced by President Obama last fall will be fully implemented,” Matos said. “We will defeat anti-immigrant attacks in the courts and in Congress, and we will not stop until we win fair and comprehensive immigration reform for all 11 million undocumented immigrants,” Matos added.”

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Obama Administration, Justice Dept., Must Use Every Tool Available to Lift Temporary Injunction Blocking Administrative Relief for Millions of Immigrants

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Contact: Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org, 202.339.933

Fair Immigration Reform Movement Demands End to Suffering for Immigrant Families

(WASHINGTON)—The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) today called on the Obama Administration, specifically the Justice Department, to use every tool available to lift the temporary injunction blocking administrative relief for millions of immigrants.

FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos said families should not have to wait to apply for the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) programs included in President Obama’s executive actions in the fall.

“Our families are frustrated over this delay — caused by a federal judge known for his anti-immigrant sentiments. Despite this, they are not deterred and will continue the fight to become full-fledged citizens of the country that they love,” Matos said. “FIRM groups will continue to educate their communities about the ruling, what it means, and why it is necessary to keep fighting until all our families are free from the fear of being separated from loved ones. We will not stop fighting until we end the suffering of our families and bring about reform.”

“While we believe that the appellate courts will fully support President...

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