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Immigrant Families Made Presence Felt at 5th Circuit Court in New Orleans: “We Deserve Dignity, Not Hate”

For Immediate Release: Friday, April 17, 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

FIRM and Other Immigrant Rights Groups Rallied in New Orleans Outside Hearing on Immigration to Denounce Litigation that Delays President Obama’s Relief Programs and Hurts Immigrant Families

NEW ORLEANS—Over 500 Leaders from the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), the nation’s largest network of immigrant rights organizations, and other allies rallied outside the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, Louisiana today to lift up the plight of immigrant families affected by the injunction that has blocked President Obama’s administrative relief programs.

FIRM and ally groups present included: the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ACIJ), American Fraternity (Florida), Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR), Latinos en Axion (Missouri), Latin American Coalition (North Carolina), Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC), Texas Organizing Project (TOP), and were led by the New Orleans Workers’ Defense Project for Racial Justice.

“The judges came out today and saw a packed courtroom. They saw the new emerging United States,” said Saket Soni, Executive Director of the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice and the National Guestworker Alliance. “They heard arguments about how we can make a bright new...

Fair Immigration Reform Movement: “Immigrant Families Deserve Dignity, Not Hate”

For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 16, 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

FIRM Groups Meet in Birmingham, Alabama, Caravan to New Orleans for Hearing on Immigration to Denounce Litigation that Delays President Obama’s Relief Programs

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA—Leaders from the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), the nation’s largest network of immigrant rights organizations, and other allies met in Birmingham, Alabama today to lift up the plight of immigrant families affected by the injunction that has blocked President Obama’s administrative relief programs. These leaders were joined by local faith based leaders and Birmingham Mayor William A. Bell, who spoke in support of these programs:

“This injunction is only hurting immigrant families,” said William A. Bell, Mayor of Birmingham. “We need to lift the ban to allow families to remain united in these United States. It is imperative to find pathways to allow these people to continue to be vital contributors to our communities and to be treated with dignity. Our voices need to be heard in order to remove the injustice that is being put upon these families.”

Araceli Macias of ACIJ and her daughter Rene Elizalde shared their own story: “We came here with nothing but a bag full of dreams,”...

Fair Immigration Reform Movement Joins Amicus Brief in Support of Administrative Relief

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, April 8, 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

FIRM Denounces All Litigation that Delays President’s Executive Actions to keep Families Together

WASHINGTON—The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), has joined more than 150 civil, labor, and immigrant rights groups in filing an amicus brief supporting administrative relief.

“While anti-immigrant Republicans continue to pollute immigration reform with divisive politics, our movement is standing up to make sure our voices are heard,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “This lawsuit against the President’s immigration action is just an attempt to distract and shroud their xenophobic, hate-filled political games that continue to tear immigrant families apart.  This is not only unjust, it is short sighted and will backfire.”

“The fact that leaders in our communities and in Congress are speaking out against this lawsuit is another reflection of how wrong this charade is,” Matos added. “Our groups are not going to be silent. Not only are we speaking out to call this ploy for what it is, but we will make sure Republicans and litigators know we are watching and paying attention to what is going on inside those courtrooms. Their decisions...

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