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DHS Acknowledges Serious Problems with Family Detention but Does Not Commit to Ending Unjust Practice

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Contacts: Bernardita M. Yunis Varas, byunisvaras@communitychange.org, 202.339.9377
Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org, 202.339.9331

FIRM Says Initial Changes Are a Good Start, but Do Not Do Enough to End Inhumane Practice

(WASHINGTON)—The Fair Immigration Reform Movement said changes announced today by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson regarding policies on family detention are not enough to end the inhumane practice of detaining women and children in jail-like conditions.

“Secretary Johnson’s announcement is a first step in acknowledging the serious problems with family detention, but still small progress on the road to changing our nation’s unjust immigration practices,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “Changing the name of detention centers to “residential centers” does not change the reality that these are places where families are inhumanely detained. We hope these proposed changes will ultimately result in ending the unjust and wasteful practice of detaining women and children altogether.”

“The fact is this unjust practice of family detention is still a reality in the United States,” said Matos. “It is completely out of sync with our country’s values and it must end now.”

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3rd Anniversary of DACA Shows Administrative Relief Has Helped the Economy While Keeping Families Together

For Immediate Release: Monday, June 15, 2015
Contact:
Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org, 202.339.9331
Bernardita M. Yunis Varas, byunisvaras@communitychange.org, 202.339.9377

DACA Success Proves Lawsuit Delaying Additional Administrative Relief Must be Dropped

(WASHINGTON)—The third anniversary granting immigrant youth who were brought to the United States as children reprieve from deportation has not only kept families together but has greatly strengthened the economy.

“The success of DACA proves that the lawsuit supported by the Attorneys General and Governors of 26 states is nothing but another ploy by anti-immigrant lawmakers to prevent meaningful comprehensive reform, which is supported by the majority of Americans, from becoming a reality,” said Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM). “The lawsuit delaying the implementation of President Obama’s executive actions announced last fall must immediately be dropped.”

A report by the Center for American Progress estimates that DACA (deferred action for childhood arrivals and DAPA (deferred action for parents of Americans and lawful permanent residents) would grow the U.S. economy by $230 billion over the next 10 years. The report states that if undocumented immigrants are allowed to apply for temporary work permits, their chances to earn higher wages increase, they get the opportunity to...

Immigrant Rights Leaders Rally and Deliver Petitions Demanding End to Lawsuit Opposing Administrative Relief

For Immediate Release: Friday, June 12, 2015
Contacts:
In New Orleans:
Jeff Parcher, jparcher@communitychange.org, 703.314.6778 (only on June 12) – Center for Community Change
Fernando Lopez, flopez@nowcrj.org, 504.258.1000 – New Orleans Worker Center for Racial Justice
Carolina Hernandez, carolina@puentes.org 504.858.5995 – Puentes New Orleans
Minh Nguyen, minhnguyen@vayla-no.org, 504.931.5878 – Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans (VAYLA-NO)
Westin Campo, wcampo@theallianceinstitute.org, 817.937.8882 – The Alliance Institute 

In Washington DC:
Bernardita M. Yunis Varas, byunisvaras@communitychange.org, 202.339.9377
Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org, 202.339.9331

NEW ORLEANS—Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) representatives joined local leaders demanding that the Attorneys General and Governors from the 26 states, including Louisiana, drop the lawsuit blocking President Obama’s executive actions.

Leaders from FIRM, Puentes, Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans (VAYLA-NO), The Alliance Institute, the New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice, Entercom New Orleans, and other key local leaders including faith leaders, elected officials, and leaders of other organizations, along with families, and other advocates delivered the nationwide petition to Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s office here on Friday. Demonstrators rallied in front of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and then marched to Caldwell’s office holding signs with...

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