Trump Backs Down, Immigrant Families Continue Fight

Trump Backs Down, Immigrant Families Continue Fight

WASHINGTON, DC—Dorian Warren, president of Community Change Action, and Kica Matos, director of immigrant rights and racial justice at Community Change Action and spokeswoman for FIRM Action, issued the joint statement below after President Trump announced that a deal had been reached to reopen the government until February 15:  

“Trump caved today because the pro-immigrant vote last November delivered a backbone to Democrats. The vast majority of Americans are aligned with our values and oppose his racist wall and tactic of holding the country hostage in exchange for his xenophobic agenda.

“A vote to reopen the government—without additional money for enforcement or a vanity wall—is a vote in the right direction for our country, albeit a temporary one. Millions of people will be able to get back to work and make ends meet. Voters agree that what is best for the country, is not the anti-immigrant agenda  of the Trump administration. Despite losing the public debate on immigration, Trump is still insistent on building his medieval racist wall as a solution for his manufactured crisis.

“Democrats have held the line, standing with immigrant communities through the longest and most painful government shutdown. We appreciate all the federal workers and their families who have gone above and beyond during the last month without pay. Government does matters, and with today’s vote, hardworking men and women can continue doing the work needed to keep our air, land, and water safe, as well ensuring families can put food on the table. The fight isn’t over. Congress will come together to discuss border security and increases in funding over the next several weeks.  Our message to those leaders remains constant: not one dollar for enforcement and family separation.

“As we continue to fight for our families and our futures, Members of Congress need to do the same.”


Community Change Action is a national social justice organization that builds the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to change the policies and institutions that impact their lives.

The FIRM Action network is the nation’s largest immigrant-rights coalition, with grassroots organizations in 23 states fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state and federal level. For more information, go to or follow us on Twitter @FIRM_Action.

FIRM Admin