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Bachmann’s Hateful Statements Are Inexcusable, Must Be Condemned

WASHINGTON – The nation’s largest immigrant-rights coalition, the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), released the following statement on behalf of Kica Matos in response to Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) denigrating comments about the refugee children running away from gangs and violence and coming to the U.S. for help:

“The Republicans’ callous attitudes about vulnerable populations is nothing new. But smearing vulnerable children in danger of being tortured and killed is a dangerous, horrendous new low.

“If Bachmann and the Republicans had their way, we would send all of these children to their graves or to the ranks of the most dangerous gangs in the continent – those are the choices the children face. Republicans will apparently stop at nothing, having crossed a moral line that no elected official should ever be allowed to cross: denigrating vulnerable children and hitting them when they’re down.

“What’s worse, Bachmann’s comments did not happen by accident. They are part of a broader agenda by top Republican brass to send their henchmen out to smear the children and satisfy their own political ambitions – they will not let any sense of truth or shame get in the way of a political opportunity. Republicans are trying to use these...

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Our broken system separates 1,100 families a day. Right now, Angel’s dad is in detention — they could be separated at any moment. Please listen to their plea for help and take action. Call (202) 732-4262 and tell the ICE public advocate to keep Leonel Salazar with his family in Arkansas and STOP his deportation.


Pulitzer-prize Winning Former Journalist Arrested

WASHINGTON – The nation’s largest immigrant-rights coalition, the Fair Immigration Movement (FIRM), released the following statement on behalf of Kica Matos after reports that Pulitzer-prize winning former journalist Jose Antonio Vargas was detained by Customs and Border Patrol:

“Jose’s detainment is another egregious example of an out-of-control system that works every day to break communities and families apart.

“The act of detaining Jose highlights the urgent need to enact comprehensive immigration reform. Jose is an accomplished communicator – and a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist – who has dedicated his career to creating sensible dialogue about critical immigration issues. Detaining him tells our communities – millions of young people who know no other country but this – that they can play by the rules, pay their taxes and work to get ahead, but that our government may still refuse to accept them, and worse, detain them and possibly take them from their families.

“This is the unnecessary tragedy that millions of parents and children fear every day. And it is the tragedy that our families will fight to end. We demand Jose’s release, but we must do much more. We call on President Obama to do his part for our families so...

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