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For Immediate Release: April 22, 2014
Contact: Ricardo A. Ramírez, 202-339-9371, rramirez@communitychange.org

Nation’s Largest Immigrant-Rights Organization Announces Deadline and Next Phase of Action
*President Obama Must Act Now to Stop Needless Deportations*
*Republicans in Congress Will Have Until June 28 to Pass Meaningful Reform*

Conference Call Audio: http://bit.ly/1kXHYsZ

WASHINGTON – The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), the nation’s largest immigrant-rights coalition, announced on a call today our newest phase of escalation: the STOP SEPARATING FAMILIES campaign. Our movement is issuing a deadline on House Republicans to act on immigration reform by June 28. At the same time, we are demanding that President Obama act immediately to stop needless deportations.

The family-separation crisis is a very real and terrifying burden to a generation of parents and children who either live in crippling fear or continue to be tragically torn from one another. On one hand, President Obama’s policies lead to scores of needless deportations and family separations. On the other hand, Republicans seem happy to abdicate their responsibility and take up the family separation mantle as a party platform. Together, they’ve manufactured a painful moral crisis in our communities.

During the STOP SEPARATING FAMILIES phase of action, our movement will escalate...

Crossing Over: An Eye-Opening Read

crossing overAfter finishing the book Crossing Over by Ruben Martínez, there was one story that I couldn’t get out of my head. The nonfiction book follows the journeys of many immigrant families as they embark on their trek from their small hometown in the south of Mexico to different destinations across the United States. While many of the stories were heartbreaking and tragic, the story of Rosa Chavez stood out in my memory.

Rosa experiences extreme hardship in her hometown of Cherán, Mexico, including death, poverty and an unhealthy marriage. When her husband, Wense, decides to make the journey north without bringing Rosa and their young daughter, Rosa is determined to save enough money to cross the border herself in order to reunite her family and start a new chapter in her life.

Her courage is inspiring, not only prior to her journey, but during and after it as well. She collects enough money to finally pay a “coyote” (a person who smuggles migrants across the border), despite her husband’s protests. While carrying her toddler and the few possessions she is able to manage, Rosa attempts to cross the border at least fifteen times, and...

Roadblocks And All, We Will Win Immigration Reform

This post orginally appeared in Fox News Latino.

Rudy Lopez, Senior Organizer at the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, participated as a core faster in the Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform & Citizenship, going without food for 22 days. Yesterday, Rudy wrapped up a six-week, cross-country bus tour with a rally on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. 

rudy lopezI am not an immigrant. I was born and raised in the small Midwestern town where I still live today. And though the undocumented experience is not my own, I grew up seeing first-hand the toll it takes on the human spirit to be separated from your family. Our house was a place where undocumented relatives would stay after they migrated to the United States for the first time. I watched members of my family live in fear, and I witnessed others treat them as second-class citizens.

And because of our broken immigration system, I have experienced the tremendous grief of losing a loved one. In 2005, my cousin Martin died as he was attempting to cross the border in search of a better life. Martin became sick along...

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