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Obama’s Reported Plan to Terrorize People Seeking Refuge is Outrageous

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, May 12, 2016
CONTACT: Carlos Vogel, (202) 239-2133, cvogel@communitychange.org

Obama’s Reported Plan to Terrorize People Seeking Refuge is Outrageous

(Washington, D.C.) – The following is a statement from Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) following news reports by Reuters that the Obama Administration is planning a month-long series of raids in May and June to deport hundreds of Central American mothers and children.

“The Obama administration’s reported plan to launch a new wave of raids against Central American mothers and children in May and June is outrageous, horrific and unacceptable.  These raids will accomplish nothing but to create fear and terror throughout the country. The Administration’s logic is also flawed — deportations have not served as a deterrent –instead, they are a quick fix that carry with it terrible consequences. What we need instead are sensible policies grounded on our nation’s principles.

“FIRM demands that President Obama and his Administration immediately put an end to this reported plan to raid people’s homes, terrorize families and rip them apart. If these mothers and children are deported, they would be returned to places they fled to escape being killed, raped or tortured. We know already that scores of refugees have been killed shortly after being deported to Central American countries by the Obama administration. The government must work to ensure that anyone in the country seeking protection is afforded safety, not deportation.

“FIRM will do everything in its power to ensure families are safe. We cannot and we will not remain silent when our families are living in fear of being separated and sent back to face possible harm, including death. President Obama betrayal of this country’s values and will mark his legacy and that of this administration.”

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Thousands to Rally at Supreme Court Steps for President’s Immigration Action

For Planning Purposes: Monday, April 11, 2016
Contact: Carlos Vogel, 202-239-2133, cvogel@communitychange.org

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

APRIL 18, MONDAY

Rally at Supreme Court at 9:00AM

20+ Echo Actions

#FightForFamilies

FIRM Leaders and Supporters Rally for DAPA and DACA+ at Supreme Court and Across 20+ Cities

WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, April 18, the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), along with thousands of families and advocates will gather at the U.S. Supreme Court to show their support for President Obama’s immigration executive action. The Court will be hearing oral argument on the deferred action initiatives, DAPA and expanded DACA.

Members of Congress, elected officials, and community, civil rights and labor leaders will join families eligible for deferred action and thousands more to send a strong message in defense of the president’s immigration action.

As leaders and supporters call on the justices to lift the block against the initiatives at the steps of the Supreme Court, more than twenty cities will be holding actions to echo their call and urge elected leaders to champion these lawful immigration programs.

WHAT:           The Fair Immigration reform Movement “Fight for Families” Rally at the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the president’s immigration initiatives; echo actions in more than 20 cities across the country.

WHEN:          April 18, Monday, at 9 AM (U.S. Supreme Court steps)

WHERE:        U.S. Supreme Court, 1 First St NE, Washington, DC 20543

                        For a complete list of the echo actions and their location and time, visit fightforfamilies.org.

WHO:           The Fair Immigration reform Movement (FIRM), DAPA/DACA-eligible families, members of Congress, city elected officials, and labor, community and civil rights leaders.

Performances by Howard University choir and others.

Fair Immigration Reform Movement Part of Powerful Coalition Launching Immigrant Voter Campaign

For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 10, 2016

Contact: Carlos Vogel, (202) 239-2133, cvogel@cccaction.org; Donna De La Cruz, (202) 339-9331, ddelacruz@cccaction.org

Millions Have Been Committed to Register and Mobilize Voters

(WASHINGTON) —The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) announced today it is part of a powerful coalition aimed at registering and mobilizing millions of immigrant voters, particularly in the key states of Colorado, Nevada and Florida.

FIRM, with its member organizations the Center for Community Change Action (CCCAction), Florida Immigrant Action Committee, Colorado People’s Action, CIRC Action Fund and PLAN Action Nevada, are joining with America’s Voice and the Latino Victory Project to launch the multi-million dollar “Families Fighting Back” campaign, which officially launched today with commitments of millions to fund the effort.

The coalition will work at the national level and in the three states with local partners to not only register and mobilize voters, but to define candidates by their positions on immigration and make sure voters know who stands with immigrants and who stands against them.

“The extremely hateful and dangerous rhetoric coming from some Republican presidential candidates has raised the stakes this election and the immigrant rights movement is once again rising to the call to defeat any candidate who embraces racism and harmful immigration policies,” said FIRM spokesperson Sulma Arias. “There will be 27.3 million Latinos eligible to vote this November and we will make sure they show up on Election Day.”

“Latinos and immigrants will vote in unprecedented numbers because their families are at stake,” stated Maria Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Florida Immigrant Action Committee. “The villains in this story are all those who seek to divide us: politicians who dehumanize immigrant families to score political points; hate-mongers panicked by demographic shifts; and corporations who profit from the detention of our family members. We will be sending a clear message when we vote that we will stand up for our families, our friends, our communities. It has never been more important to naturalize, register, and vote.  It has never been more crucial to get politically active in every way possible.”

“The 2016 general election is a referendum on many critical issues that will determine opportunity and family unity for millions of immigrants, Latinos, and Asian Pacific Islander communities,” said Alex Alvarado, Treasurer for the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition Action Fund (CIRC Action Fund). “We are ready to mobilize tens of thousands of New American voters in Colorado to stand up to hate and division, and instead endorse a welcoming, inclusive, and prosperous future for the country.”

Also as part of this effort, CCCAction is launching the Immigrant Voters Win Super Pac to raise the voices of pro-immigrant voters by registering and mobilizing them on Election Day.

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The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) is the nations largest immigrant-rights coalition, with grassroots organizations in more than 40 states fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state and federal level. For more information, go to www.fairimmigration.org or follow us on Twitter @Re4mImmigration.

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