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Republican Anti-Immigrant Attacks Continue to Bog Down Congress

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
Contact: Bernardita M. Yunis Varas, byunisvaras@communitychange.org, 202.339.9377
Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org 202.339.9331

GOP Bills Attack Our Families Again

WASHINGTON-Today the House Judiciary Committee began debate on four harsh immigration enforcement-only bills that seek to overturn the critical policies announced by the President last November. These bills also deny relief to countless asylum-seekers, survivors of domestic violence and victims of human trafficking, and seek to strip children coming to the U.S. from Central America of critical due process safeguards. The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) strongly opposes these continued attacks against immigrant families.

FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos said these bills show that Republicans in Congress are continuing to play politics with our families.

“Republicans continue to push outrageous assaults on immigrants that not only fail to move the country forward, they jeopardize the safety of our communities and our values as a nation,” Matos said. “These bills offer no solutions for our broken immigration system and are proof perfect of the GOP’s inability to lead.” Matos added.

“Republicans, be warned. Leaders and activists in the immigrants’ rights movement will not forget these attacks on our families. When our votes are needed most, we will make clear that we remember who supported us and who stood against us,” Matos said.


Fair Immigration Reform Movement Vehemently Opposes Sen. Collins’ Bill that Would Separate Families

For Immediate Release: Friday, February 27, 2015
Contact: Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org, 202.339.9331

FIRM Calls on U.S. Senate to Defeat Anti-Immigrant Measure

(WASHINGTON)—The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) vehemently opposes Sen. Susan Collins’ bill that would block the provisions in President Obama’s executive actions and separate millions of immigrant families. FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos said every U.S. Senator should vote to defeat the bill.

“This bill offers no solutions on how to fix our broken immigration system,” Matos said. “Instead, it would create more chaos and harm by separating millions of families, stripping immigration officials of their discretion, and taking away vital protections for victims of domestic violence.”

“Sen. Collins’ bill is bad for all immigrant families, the entire U.S. economy and our nation as a whole,” Matos added. “Republicans continually show their anti-immigrant agenda and extreme ideology by pushing measures like Sen. Collins’ bill that do little to move our country forward.”

“FIRM will not allow these attacks on our communities to continue and we urge all lawmakers to vote against anti-immigrant legislation that tears apart families,” Matos said. “Poll after poll has shown that the majority of Americans support immigration reform. It’s time for Republicans to stop playing political games when it comes to the lives of millions of families.”


Fair Immigration Reform Movement Praises President Obama, DOJ, for Standing with Families

For Immediate Release: Friday, February 20, 2015
Contact: Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org, 202.339.9331

DOJ Seeking to Lift Temporary Injunction Blocking Administrative Relief

(WASHINGTON)—The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) today praised President Obama and the Justice Department for the decision to seek an emergency order to lift a temporary injunction blocking administrative relief to millions of immigrant families.

“We are pleased that President Obama and the Justice Department are standing strong with immigrant families in an effort to end the suffering and fear of being separated through deportations,” Matos said. “Our families applaud this decision to not back down in the face of an extremely flawed court ruling issued by a Bush-appointed judge with a history of anti-immigrant views.”

“Our families are ready for administrative relief and remain confident the measures announced by President Obama last fall will be fully implemented,” Matos said. “We will defeat anti-immigrant attacks in the courts and in Congress, and we will not stop until we win fair and comprehensive immigration reform for all 11 million undocumented immigrants,” Matos added.”


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