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Fair Immigration Reform Movement Statement

For Immediate Release: Friday, November 21, 2014
Contact:
Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org 202.339.9331
Bernardita M. Yunis Varas, byunisvaras@communitychange.org 202.339.9377

Fair Immigration Reform Movement Statement:
Joy For Families, Challenge to Republicans, Reflection On How the Movement Got to This Historic Moment
 

(WASHINGTON)—Fair Immigration Reform Movement leaders provide reactions to President Obama’s administrative relief plan, from joy for families who can now stay together, a challenge to Republicans to act, and how the immigrant rights movement got to this historic moment. Here are remarks from: Astrid Silva, who introduced the President before he made his remarks in Las Vegas today; FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos; and Deepak Bhargava, Executive Director of the Center for Community Change. 

Astrid Silva, Immigration Organizer for the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN). PLAN is a member of FIRM. President Obama spoke of Astrid when he announced his plan for administrative relief on Thursday: “When the president told my story, I looked at my dad, and then over to my mom, and I started crying with relief. President Obama’s bold action means that millions of families like mine will no longer live with the perpetual anxiety that they may not be together to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, graduations...

Joyous Families Celebrate Historic Breakthrough on Immigration

For Immediate Release: Friday, November 20, 2014
Contact:
Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org 202.339.9331
Bernardita M. Yunis Varas, byunisvaras@communitychange.org 202.339.9377

Joyous Families Celebrate Historic Breakthrough on Immigration
Years of Courage and Persistence Pay Off in Huge Step Forward on Immigration

(WASHINGTON)—Today, millions of immigrant families are celebrating the historic breakthrough on immigration that provides them with the opportunity to remain in the U.S. and continue to contribute to America. The new deferred action program for parents, crucial updates to the existing DACA program for DREAMers and a series of other administrative and enforcement reforms to update our outdated immigration system will provide major relief to immigrant families.

“President Obama did not win or lose and the GOP did not win or lose today,” said Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM). “This is a major victory for the immigrant rights movement in America. This victory belongs to the millions of immigrants who stood up and were unafraid.”

“This victory was more than a decade in the making and it shows that America does give way to the voices of real people,” Matos added. “Women won the right to vote, the labor movement built the middle class, people standing...

Republicans and Immigrant Families: Oil and Water

For Immediate Release: Friday, November 14, 2014
Contact:
Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org 202.339.9331
Bernardita M. Yunis Varas, byunisvaras@communitychange.org 202.339.9377

GOP Would Rather Shutdown Government Than Keep Families Together
GOP Does Not Understand Immigration Reform is About Families Not Politics 

(WASHINGTON)—In a monumental display of who they are as a party and their true colors on immigration reform, Republicans are threatening another government shutdown right before the Christmas holiday if President Obama uses executive action to keep millions of immigrant families together.

“As word has seeped out that the President will provide administrative relief to immigrant families, Republicans driven into a frenzy by their anti-immigrant, xenophobic base have set their eyes on blocking an historic compassionate and humane act that would keep families together in this country while they work toward becoming full-fledged citizens,” said Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), the nation’s largest immigrant rights coalition. “No doubt this will further alienate millions of Americans who believe immigrants are human beings who live in our communities struggling as we all do to make better lives for our families. The sanctity of families should always be the central focus of the immigration debate, yet Republicans continue...

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