Thursday, April 24, 2014
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URGENT: Sit In and Rally at Rep. Walden’s Office in Medford, 4/24/2014
STOP SEPARATING FAMILIES: CALL FOR A VOTE ON IMMIGRATION REFORM NOW
Pineros y Campensinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), Oregon Action, Causa Oregon, and Rural Organizing Project, as Part of Nation’s Largest Immigrant-Rights Coalition, Call for a Vote on Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
*President Obama Must Act Now Against Needless Deportations*
*Republicans in Congress Will Have Until June 28 to Pass Meaningful Reform*
Medford, Ore – With the ongoing family-separation crisis deepening in Latino and immigrant communities across the country, PCUN, Oregon Action, Causa Oregon and ROP, member groups of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), the nation’s largest immigrant-rights coalition, is announcing its new phase of escalation of action:
STOP SEPARATING FAMILIES
Our movement, in conjunction with the United Farm Workers of America (UFW), is issuing a deadline on House Republicans to act on immigration reform by June 28. At the same time, we are demanding that President Obama act immediately to stop needless deportations.
The bottom line: The family-separation crisis is a very real and terrifying burden to a generation of parents and children who either live in crippling fear or have been tragically torn from one another. On one hand, President Obama’s policies lead to scores of needless deportations and family separations. On the other hand, Republicans seem happy to abdicate their responsibility and take up the family separation mantle as a party platform. Together, they’ve manufactured a painful moral crisis in our communities.
Congress and President Obama must understand that for our families, there is no congressional calendar or administrative convenience that condones losing a mother, father, or child to deportation. We will continue to call out anyone who supports family separation. We have one message for all of them: CALL FOR A VOTE on Comprehensive Immigration Reform with a path to citizenship.
WHAT: Sit-in and rally: STOP SEPARATING FAMILIES: Call for a House vote on Immigration Reform with a path to citizenship
WHO: Human rights advocates, farmworkers, students, faith leaders, and labor will gather outside of Representative Walden’s office today to call for an end to deportations that tear families apart. We are calling on Walden to show moral courage and leadership by calling for a vote in the House on CIR with a path to citizenship.
WHEN: April 24th, 2014 at 2:00pm
Media Contact: Virginia Camberos 541-292-8201
The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) is the nation’s largest coalition of grassroots organizations in 30 states fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state and federal level. www.fairimmigration.org
PCUN is Oregon’s largest farmworker organization, representing 4,500 farm workers, nursery, and reforestation workers in the state. www.pcun.org
Oregon Action is a social justice organization focused on economic justice, racial equity, and access to affordable, quality healthcare for all. www.OregonAction.org
The Rural Organizing Project is a statewide network of groups dedicated to advancing human rights. www.rop.org
Causa is Oregon’s statewide Latino immigrant rights organization. www.causaoregon.org