The following is a press release from the Fair Immigration Reform Movement: The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) announced on a call today its newest phase of escalation: the STOP SEPARATING FAMILIES campaign. The movement is issuing a deadline on House Republicans to act on immigration reform by June 28. At the same time, they are demanding… Continue »

Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) officially captured the GOP nomination for the Senate this weekend, which means he will be running against Democratic incumbent Mark Udall this fall.  While state Republicans gathered at the Coors Event Center, however, pro-immigration reform activists protested outside, calling out Gardner’s anti-immigrant policies and holding up signs like “separating families is not… Continue »

On Friday, Paul Ryan came to Cedar, Iowa to headline the state Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Dinner — an event that prominently billed Steve King as an invitee even though he supposedly declined his invitation weeks ago.  Ryan, who is known for speaking very sympathetically about immigration reform, was fortunate to have dodged the specter of appearing… Continue »

Six weeks ago, the Fast 4 Families launched their two-bus, nationwide tour winding around 75 key Congressional districts across the US and calling for immigration reform.  Along the way, the bus tour visited a Paul Ryan town hall, visited with community members who fasted in solidarity, and drew attention to families facing the threat of separation… Continue »

Eleven activists in Chicago were arrested yesterday after an act of civil disobedience outside Broadview Detention Center, where they sat in the street with linked arms and blocked traffic in order to protest deportations. The arrests were part of a two-day march beginning on Monday night from ICE’s downtown Chicago field office to Broadview, stopping… Continue »

The DRM Action Coalition is escalating the pressure on President Obama to address his record rate of deportations by beginning a hunger strike in front of the White House today, with no word of when their action might end. The group announced last week that they would be staking out a space in nearby Lafayette… Continue »

Fast 4 Families and We Belong Together have joined forces to bring 100 women — some of whom are facing deportation — to Washington, DC for a 48-hour fast calling on President Obama and Congress to pass immigration reform and stop the deportations. Yesterday, the women marched to the Capitol carrying signs that read “Missing: Courage”… Continue »

As part of NDLON’s April 5th #Not1More day of action this weekend, thousands of people in 62+ cities across the nation rallied to call upon President Obama to take action and address his record rate of deportations. Last month, the President called for a review of DHS deportation policies and told advocates that he would… Continue »

Today, nine Catholic bishops with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops held a powerful mass at Nogales on the US-Mexico border to pray for immigration reform and commemorate those who have died in attempted crossings.  Hundreds of people were estimated to be in attendance, a high school band played, people who have lost loved ones to… Continue »

Immigration reform advocates earlier this year vowed to further step up the pressure on House Republicans to pass immigration reform, and — in the words of Elise Foley — “it looks like Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) might not get to eat breakfast in peace until the House addresses immigration reform.” The mother of a DREAMer interrupted… Continue »