WASHINGTON – Deepak Bhargava, on behalf of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), released the following statement today in response to President Obama’s decision to delay relief for immigrant families. Bhargava is the Executive Director of the Center for Community Change, a member of FIRM.
“In a breathtakingly harsh and short sighted political miscalculation, immigrant families were sacrificed today. Make no mistake – this delay will have tragic consequences for the fathers, mothers, sons and daughters who will be ripped from one another’s arms in the coming weeks and months. A delay of weeks may not seem like a lot to a politician in DC, but it is everything to a child who will lose his or her parents in that time.”
“President Obama has broken yet another promise he had made to immigrant families. By cowing before squeamish Democratic Senators and GOP bullies he has put politics ahead of the lives of immigrants and urgent needs of America. Immigrant families will respond to this lack of leadership with a brave and fierce determination to make sure promises are kept.”
WASHINGTON – In reaction to indications this week that the White House might delay relief for immigrant families, regional and national immigrant-rights leaders with the nation’s largest immigrant-rights coalition, the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), held a telephonic press conference asking President Obama to be a leader and fight for families.
Following the call, the participants released the following statements:
Angélica Salas, Executive Director for the Coalition of Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles and National co-chair for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM)
“Whether this is a delay of weeks or months, the president would be exposing millions of mothers, fathers and children to the prospect of losing their families. Tens of thousands would be hurt by delay. Thousands of children will lose their parents. That’s thousands of lives damaged, families in financial difficulty, maybe homes lost, jobs unfilled, and kids without a mom or a dad. Even if we put aside our convictions for a second and look this strictly through the political lens, this is The White House operating not on the reality of the human suffering caused by our broken immigration system but on unfounded political fears.”
María Rodríguez, Executive Director, Florida Immigrant Coalition
“Relief for immigrant families is...
For Immediate Release: Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
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Legislative Targets Divided Into Two Categories: Family Uniters and Family Dividers
(WASHINGTON)—Immigrant rights groups who are members of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) today released their electoral plans for November, dividing legislative targets into two categories: family uniters and family dividers.
Family uniters support efforts to allow immigrant families to remain together in the United States while they seek to become full-fledged citizens,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “Family dividers are those who have embraced policies of deportations, family separations and other cruel and inhumane legislation.”
“Politicians should remember just how powerful the Latino and immigrant vote is in this country,” Matos said. “Look at the Senate race in Colorado, a state where Latinos comprise an estimated 14 percent of the electorate. A report issued in June by Latino Decisions shows that 63 percent of Colorado Latino voters know an undocumented immigrant. And 35 percent said they know people who have been deported or detained.”
“Immigration reform is an extremely important decision in Colorado and in other states with a high percentage of Latino voters,” Matos added. “These groups will be out in full force from now...