For Immediate Release: February 9, 2018
Members of Congress Fail to Protect Immigrant Youth, Hold Them Hostage to Racist Demands
(WASHINGTON)—Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below after Democrats and Republicans voted to pass a two-year spending deal without any protections for immigrant youth in place:
“Millions of lives are on the line as Republicans in Congress cower to the nativist demands of Donald Trump and the bigots who surround him in the West Wing. Every day that passes without a vote on the DREAM Act, is another day when hundreds of young immigrants lose their ability to better themselves and contribute to their communities and their families. Their political games are making young immigrants vulnerable to detention and deportation.
Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans are holding immigrant youth hostage in exchange for an extremely racist agenda that degrades people of color. Their antics are the antithesis of who we claim to be as a country. We value freedom, opportunity and family—none of which are reflected in this deal that sacrifices a generation.
Despite the consistent attacks by an Administration that is determined to make America white again, our movement is fired up and ready to keep fighting. Since Trump ended DACA in September, we have made countless calls and visits to Congress and held hundreds of actions across the country with a clear message: stop the hate; we need the DREAM Act now. Last November our message was heard loud and clear in Virginia. And we will make sure that those Members of Congress who did not stand up for immigrants feel it in the ballot boxes next November.”