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Elected Officials Invite FIRM Families to Be Present at State of the Union

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Contact: Bernardita M. Yunis Varas, byunisvaras@communitychange.org, 202.339.9377
Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org 202.339.9331

Senators and Representatives Highlight the Families Affected by Broken Immigration System and the Need for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

(WASHINGTON)—Weeks after the President’s announcement of administrative relief for five million immigrants, the effects of his immigration action continue to be highlighted by immigrants’ rights advocates. This week, elected officials from various states acknowledged the contributions of the families affected by our broken immigration system.

Various members of Congress invited immigrant families to be present for the President’s State of the Union address tonight. Some of these families included members of Fair Immigration Reform Movement’s (FIRM) organizations.

Senator Harry Reid of Nevada invited Blanca Gamez, a member of Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN). Gamez, a long-time leader with PLAN, comes from a mixed-status family. She worked for Hermandad Mexicana and Mi Familia Vota, and founded “DREAM Big Vegas” to advocate for the passage of the DREAM Act and educate students and parents around navigating the education system in Nevada while undocumented.

Representative Suzan DelBene (D-WA) invited OneAmerica member Juan Macedo de Alba from Mount Vernon, Washington. Juan is a 17-year-old DREAMer  who has faced deportation.

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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...

Immigrants’ Rights Leaders Urge Congress to Vote ‘NO’ Against Anti-Immigrant Amendments That Would Tear Families Apart

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Contact: Bernardita M. Yunis Varas, byunisvaras@communitychange.org, 202.339.9377
Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org 202.339.9331

House Republicans are threatening U.S. national security by recklessly holding up the Department of Homeland Security budget with anti-immigrant amendments that eliminate work permits for 5 million people

WASHINGTON—The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) rebuked House Republicans for proposing harsh anti-immigrant amendments that would block relief for millions of immigrant families, workers and youth. Despite promises to end partisan gridlock, Republicans in the House have made clear what their immigration agenda will be within the first week of the GOP-controlled Congress – deporting more immigrants and separating more families. The amendments proposed would repeal work permits for millions of immigrant workers established under President Obama’s executive actions on immigration and some proposals go as far as to eliminate the Deferred Action program for Dreamers from 2012.

“America is looking to Republicans to come to the table with solutions, not create more problems,” said Kica Matos, spokesperson for FIRM. “Threatening the defund the Department of Homeland Security in order to block relief is an irresponsible and immoral attack on immigrant families that is also bad for our economy and for the nation as a whole.”

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