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Texas Immigrant Families and Allies Call on Judge Hanen to Put Families First in his Ruling

For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 19, 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

Brownsville, TX—Immigrant families from Texas, the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) and other advocates gathered outside the federal courthouse in Brownsville today to call on Judge Andrew Hanen to take the politics out of his ruling on the President’s executive orders  on immigration and put families first. Activists from Workers’ Defense Project (WDP), Mi Familia Vota (MFV), SEIU Texas, La Unión Del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), Equal Voice, Arise, and others came together to call attention to Hanen’s anti-immigrant stances during a scheduled hearing in the immigration lawsuit against the federal government. Hanen’s decision, masked as a check on President Obama’s alleged overreach is blocking Expanded DACA and DAPA, hurting millions of hardworking, tax paying families in Brownsville and around the country.

“This lawsuit is just another front for the Republican Party’s widening and ferocious war against immigrants and their families. By engaging in judicial activism, Judge Hanen is feeding fuel into that political battle, ignoring the more than 5 million people whose futures are at stake,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “In doing so, he is also...

FIRM Applauds the Obama Administration and 14 States Fighting Back Against Anti-Immigrant Lawsuit

For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 12, 2015
Contact: Bernardita M. Yunis Varas, byunisvaras@cccaction.org, 202.339.9377
Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@cccaction.org 202.339.9331

Department of Justice Files Emergency Motion to Move Forward Programs Provided Under Administrative Relief

WASHINGTON—Responding to a Texas judge’s ruling to halt implementation of administrative relief for immigrant families, the Department of Justice today filed an emergency motion to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to continue work on the programs. This motion was supported by an amicus brief filed by Attorney General Kamala D. Harris of California and the Attorneys General from 14 states and the District of Columbia this afternoon.

The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) celebrates the administration and the states’ efforts to stand by President Obama’s executive action and continue to fight for immigrant families.

“We are heartened to see the Administration continuing to fight to keep families together. The district court’s order preventing the implementation of DACA and DAPA is wrong, immoral and a glaring assault on immigrant families that urgently need relief,” added Matos.

“Our organizations will continue to fight for our families. We strongly support the Department of Justice’s efforts to defend the President’s action. We will also not forget the Republicans’ comprehensive efforts, infiltrating even our courts, to push their anti-immigrant agenda,” said...

Sen. Vitter’s Anti-Immigrant Amendment Attacks Constitutional Rights

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Contact: Bernardita M. Yunis Varas, byunisvaras@cccaction.org, 202.339.9377

Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@cccaction.org 202.339.9331

GOP Continues to Push Xenophobic Legislation, Drives Wedge with Immigrant Communities

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) from the GOP’s far right faction, is trying to rewrite the Constitution by pushing an amendment to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 that takes away birthright citizenship granted by the 14th amendment.

The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) condemns this proposal as yet another attack on immigrant families.

“Anti-immigrant extremists in the GOP have taken hold of the party and are running rampant with attack after attack on our families. These outrageous assaults show how the party is not interested in governing the nation, but in pushing a xenophobic agenda,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos.

“Apparently, Republicans would rather play politics with people’s lives than allow this legislation that would protect victims of human trafficking. They seem to prefer endangering our communities—first with holding the DHS funding bill hostage, then with anti-immigrant bills in the House, and now with this ridiculous effort to take away rights provided by the Constitution,” Matos added.

“Our community is large and holds sway in the upcoming elections. These attacks...

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