For Immediate Release: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014
Contact: Ricardo A. Ramírez, email@example.com; 202-339-9371
WASHINGTON— The nation’s largest immigration coalition—the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM)—announced today it will step up its efforts to achieve comprehensive immigration reform by moving into a phase of electoral punishment for GOP inaction.
“Our actions last year were more about trying to persuade Republicans, especially House members, to join the growing chorus of Americans who support humane and compassionate immigration reform,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “Persuasion only got us so far. From now on, any lawmaker who does not support comprehensive immigration reform should expect relentless and constant confrontations that will escalate until they agree to support immigration reform.”
Matos cited a report circulated last year that shows many congressional districts have a huge number of naturalized immigrants and young Asians and Latinos who can vote, and who deeply support immigration reform, adding that GOP failure to act on reform could eventually cost them over 100 seats.
The escalations will impact all GOP districts because the movement has over 1.5 million supporters online and coalition members in 30 states. However, we will have deep programs on over 20 targets.
Here are some of the lawmakers FIRM will focus on: the...
For Immediate Release: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Contact: Ricardo A. Ramírez, 202-339-9371, firstname.lastname@example.org
If Speaker Boehner Can’t Get Votes for Immigration Reform, Failure of Leadership Is on Him
WASHINGTON — Today, Speaker Boehner tried to put off securing votes for immigration reform by deflecting blame to President Obama. In response, the Fair Immigration Movement, (FIRM) the nation’s largest coalition of immigrant-rights organizations, released the following statement on behalf of Kica Matos:
“If Speaker Boehner is unwilling to find votes for immigration reform, then that’s a failure of leadership and courage on his part – one that will come at great peril to the Republican Party. What the Speaker fails to realize is that every day without immigration reform is another day that the Republican Party loses even more trust from the Latino and immigrant communities.
“For us, immigration reform is about keeping families intact, which makes it a deeply personal issue. It’s about the urgency to stop the family-separation crisis that grips our communities. By trying to put the brakes on reform, Speaker Boehner is keeping in place a policy that works to take parents from children every day.
“That same moral crisis translates into political danger for Republicans. Our families are tired of...
The day after President Obama’s State of the Union address, we asked our Facebook community how we thought he did. “Did he adequately address the subject of immigration reform? What would you have liked to hear more about?” People had a lot to say on the subject:
The overwhelming reaction: disappointment. In his nearly 6,800-word speech, President Obama dedicated just 121 words to immigration reform. A mere paragraph. For those who were looking to the President for hope and leadership after a failed attempt at passing any legislation through the House of Representatives in 2013, the State of the Union was an enormous let-down.
By and large, the movement stands on the side of these commentators. FIRM spokeswoman Kica Matos was quoted saying that while she supports the President’s call to action on immigration reform, the President cannot have it both ways:
President Obama’s de facto family-separation policy — which Republicans all too gladly support —...