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Senate Democrats Join Immigrant Families in Press Conference Before Judiciary Committee Hearing in Support of Keeping Families Together

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Contact: Bernardita M. Yunis Varas, byunisvaras@communitychange.org, 202.339.9377
Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org 202.339.9331

Democrats and Immigrant Rights Movement Call on Republicans to Work towards a Comprehensive Immigration Reform

(WASHINGTON)—The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing this afternoon on the President’s recent executive action announcement and its impact on millions of immigrants. Families from across the country came together to be present at the hearing to show support for the Senate Democrats who are pushing to keep and implement President Obama’s immigration action. Present at the hearing were Democratic Senators Mazie Hirono (HI), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Al Franken (MN), Dick Durbin (IL), Christopher Coons (DE), and Richard Blumenthal (CT).

Earlier in the afternoon, Sen. Hirono and deferred action beneficiaries held a press conference that highlighted stories of families impacted by the President’s executive action. Senators and families, along with supporters, called on Republicans to work towards real and comprehensive immigration reform, and to stray away from anti-immigrant rhetoric that poisons the conversation.

Sen. Hirono opened the hearing saying, “This is about real people, real families. It is about who we are as a country.”

Sens. Blumenthal, Coons, Durbin, Franken, and Klobuchar spoke in support of the President’s...

House Republicans Pull Another Political Stunt on Immigration With Vote to Undo Administrative Relief

For Immediate Release: Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014
Contact:
Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org 202.339.9331
Bernardita M. Yunis Varas, byunisvaras@communitychange.org 202.339.9377

GOP Continues to Treat Immigrant Families Inhumanely 

(WASHINGTON)—Today’s vote by House Republicans to undo President Obama’s progress on administrative relief was inhumane political theater. Behind their empty mask of rhetoric, the Republicans revealed how truly uncompassionate they are toward our nation’s immigrant families, said Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), the nation’s largest coalition of immigrant rights groups.

Although the measure passed 219 to 197, it will not pass in the Senate, making the action merely the latest proof that the most conservative wing of the GOP continues to call the shots on immigration reform.

“The longer House Republicans let the vehemently anti-immigrant faction of their party be in charge, the sooner they will find themselves on the wrong side of American opinion on immigration reform,” Matos said. “The irony is that the party that prides itself on family values is bent on tearing millions of immigrant families apart.”

“FIRM calls on Republicans to show that they are not puppets of their anti-immigrant, anti-family colleagues and vote against the bill that would undo administrative relief,” Matos said. “Millions...

GOP Continues Turning Deaf Ear to Immigrant Families

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
Contact:
Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org 202.339.9331
Bernardita M. Yunis Varas, byunisvaras@communitychange.org 202.339.9377

GOP Continues Turning Deaf Ear to Immigrant Families 

(WASHINGTON)–The House Homeland Security Committee and House Judiciary Committee held hearings today designed only to amplify Republicans’ anti-immigrant rant over President Obama’s executive action granting temporary administrative relief to millions of undocumented immigrants. Meanwhile, families came to Capitol Hill to thank the President for his actions and vowed to continue fighting until every immigrant family is able to stay united.

“Families who once lived in fear of being detained or deported are now going to be safe from the threat of being torn from their loved ones,” said Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), the nation’s largest coalition of immigrant rights groups. “Our families will never stop coming to Capitol Hill to speak out on behalf of our communities, and will continue to call out any lawmaker who stands in the way of compassionate and humane legislation that allows families to remain together in their adopted country.”

More than 75 people from across the nation came to Capitol Hill today to make their presence known at the hearings, and...

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