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Groups Delivered Petition to the White House Calling on President Obama to End All Deportation Raids and Give Relief to Refugee Families from Central America

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, February 2, 2015

Contact: Carlos Vogel, cvogel@communitychange.org (202) 239-2133

The Administration’s Unwillingness to End Raids is Unacceptable

(WASHINGTON) — Today, Immigrant rights, social justice, and faith groups, along with directly impacted families marched and held a press conference in front of the White House to deliver a petition with more than 130,000 signatures calling on President Obama to end all deportation raids against refugee families from Central America and provide them with Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

“The Obama administration’s ongoing raids against immigrant communities are inhumane and unacceptable,” said CREDO’s Acting Political Director Murshed Zaheed. “President Obama must end these inhumane raids immediately. There will be no going back, and no way to undo the pain and separation of countless families.”

“The Obama administration has sunk to a new low with these raids. We already know that the Republican presidential candidates, led by Donald Trump, are committed to harsh anti-immigrant policies. But with President Obama initiating these raids, it’s less clear what the Democratic Party’s position is on immigration. This isn’t who we are as a country, and President Obama still has time to do the right thing and stop these raids and subsequent deportations now,” stated Matt Nelson, Managing Director of Presente.org

Along with the petition signatures, a letter addressed to President Obama with over 75 organizational signers from across the country was delivered. The solidarity letter was organized by the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC), Korean American Resource & Cultural Center (KRCC), Korean Resource Center (KRC), National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), and the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC).

SEARAC Executive Director Quyen Dinh said, “ICE’s decision to target asylum-seeking children and families is a terrible mistake that only instills fear in ALL our communities. SEARAC, NAKASEC, NQAPIA, SAALT, and many in the AAPI community stand in solidarity with the Central American families. Like these refugees, many of our own families arrived to this country fleeing violence and poverty, including my parents, who were among the 1.3 million Southeast Asian Americans resettled into the U.S. following the Vietnam War. We urge the Administration to halt inhumane enforcement policies targeting immigrant and refugee families seeking protection within our borders.”

“Dozens of faith leaders and organizations have sent a letter to President Obama, asking that he act with compassion by immediately ending these raids and allow families fleeing violence and persecution the safety they seek in the United States,” said the Rev. Sharon Stanley-Rea, Director of Refugee and Immigration Ministries with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). “People of faith from all religious traditions are speaking with one voice to tell President Obama that these unjust raids must end. Our faiths call us to welcome the stranger and stand with the vulnerable.  When we know well that the death toll due to violence in the Northern Triangle continues to escalate greatly, we must not send children and mothers back to instability and potential trafficking. Our faiths call us to protect the weak, not to instill fear through raids which separate families and go against our beliefs as both people of faith and as Americans.”

The groups participating in the petition delivery include: the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), Reform Immigration FOR America (RI4A), CREDO Action, Southeast Immigrant Rights Network (SEIRN), Church World Service (CWS), Presente.org, Center for Popular Democracy Action, Just Foreign Policy, America’s Voice, National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), CASA in Action, and impacted families.

“FIRM will do everything in its power to stop this plan from continue to be implemented. 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. The government must work to ensure that anyone in the country seeking protection is afforded safety, not deportation. Until then, our nationwide movement and its supporters will fight hard to stop these deportations from taking place. President Obama, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and ICE Director Sarah Saldana betrayal of the Latino and immigrant communities is one that will mark his legacy and that of this administration,” concluded FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos.“

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Groups to Deliver Petition to the White House Calling on President Obama to Halt the Raids and Give Relief to Refugee Families from Central America

For Planning Purposes: Monday, February 1, 2016
Contact: Carlos Vogel, 202-239-2133, cvogel@cccaction.org

The Administration’s Unwillingness to End Raids is Unacceptable

(WASHINGTON) — Immigrant rights, social justice, and faith groups, along with directly impacted families will hold a press conference in front of the White House on Tuesday, February 2nd to deliver a petition with more than 130,000 signatures calling on President Obama to end deportation raids against refugee families from Central America and provide them with Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

Along with the petition signatures, a letter addressed to President Obama with over 75 organizational signers from across the country will also be delivered. The solidarity letter is organized by the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC), Korean American Resource & Cultural Center (KRCC), Korean Resource Center (KRC), National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), and the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC).

The groups participating in the petition delivery include: the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), Reform Immigration FOR America (RI4A), CREDO Action, Southeast Immigrant Rights Network (SEIRN), Church World Service (CWS), Presente.org, Center for Popular Democracy Action, Just Foreign Policy, America’s Voice, National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), CASA in Action, and impacted families.

Press Conference Details:

WHO:   Alma Couverthie, Senior Director of Organizing, Casa de Maryland / FIRM

             Rev. Sharon Stanley-Rea, Director of Refugee and Immigration Ministries

             for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Quyen Dinh, Executive Director, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center   

             (SEARAC)

             Directly Impacted Families

WHAT:   Delivery of Petition to the White House Calling on President Obama to

               Halt the Raids and Give Relief to Refugee Families from Central America 

WHEN:   Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. EST.

WHERE:   In front of the White House (Lafayette Park side)

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Fair Immigration Reform Movement Hails SCOTUS Decision to Hear Case Involving President Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration

For Immediate Release: Monday, January 19, 2016

Contact:  Carlos Vogel, cvogel@communitychange.org (202) 239-2133

(WASHINGTON)— The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) today hailed the Supreme Court decision to hear the case involving President Obama’s executive actions that would grant administrative relief to millions of immigrant families.

Kica Matos, spokesperson of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the following statement:

“We are extremely pleased that the Supreme Court has decided to take the case regarding President Obama’s executive actions to extend DACA and implement DAPA. Our families are thrilled the court saw that the lawsuit has been nothing but a thinly veiled attempt by anti-immigrant lawmakers to throw yet another roadblock in their way.”

“President Obama’s deferred action policies are practical, legal and in line with actions taken by other presidents from both parties. His executive actions will transform and improve the lives of millions of people who came to this country in search of a better life. It would create jobs, expand the GDP and add billions to our tax coffers.”

“While the legal battle continues and Republicans wage their anti-­‐immigrant campaign, we must remember that these actions have a real human cost. Millions of families continue to live in legal limbo, in constant fear of separation, and without any certainty as to when they might be able to live without that fear. Five million US citizen children will be directly impacted because their parents won’t be able to come forward for this temporary relief from deportation, support their families and contribute even more to our country.”

““We are confident the Supreme Court will rule in favor of the administration and allow the executive actions to be implemented. “Women won the right to vote, the labor movement built the middle class, people standing up for civil rights ended Jim Crow, LGBT advocates fought and won the fight for marriage equality. Immigrants will continue this fight until we prevail. We will win comprehensive immigration reform for all of the undocumented immigrants waiting to become full-fledged citizens.”

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