FWD.us Statement on the Immigration Amendments Voted on Today by the United States Senate

Posted by FWD.us Press on 02/15/2018

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement on the Senate immigration amendments voted on today:

“Tonight, 800,000 Dreamers and their families will go home to more chaos, confusion, and fear because our lawmakers failed to protect them.”

“We are extremely disappointed that the Senate failed to pass bipartisan legislation to protect Dreamers and implement sensible border security measures. Senators had a unique opportunity to pass bipartisan legislation this week to give millions of hardworking young people the ability to permanently live and work legally in the country that is their home — something the overwhelming majority of Americans support, including 76% of Republicans. They failed to get the job done. We are thankful for the 46 Democrats and 8 Republicans who voted for the ‘Rounds-King’ amendment that would have given permanent status to nearly two million Dreamers who are Americans in every single way but paperwork. While we are encouraged to see a majority of Senators support two bipartisan proposals to protect Dreamers today, ultimately, these efforts failed to get the support needed to pass.

“What we also saw today was an overwhelming rejection — with 39 ‘yes’ votes and 60 ‘no’ votes — of efforts to radically slash legal immigration levels put forward by the White House. What was made abundantly clear is that efforts to slash legal immigration cannot and will not pass the United States Senate. A bipartisan approach without this is the only path forward.

“For months, President Trump has repeatedly said that Dreamers have nothing to worry about, but 800,000 Dreamers like Leezia, Maria, Lalo, and Pamela will go to bed tonight more uncertain than ever about their futures in the only country they know as home. They deserve better than to go through life counting down until the day when they will be expelled from the country that is their home, and to a country they may never remember. We are committed to fighting for a permanent legislative solution to ensure that these young people can continue to live, work, and contribute to communities across the United States without the daily fear of deportation. Our nation — and these Dreamers — deserve better.”

FWD.us announces first KEY VOTE on the "Rounds-King" bill in 5 years

Posted by FWD.us Press on 02/15/2018

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us has announced a Key Vote today, urging a “YES” vote on “The Immigration Security and Opportunity Act,” S.A. 1958 (Rounds-King).

The Immigration Security and Opportunity Act, S.A. 1958, introduced by Senators Rounds (R-SD) and King (I-ME) is a bipartisan compromise that will resolve an urgent crisis for Dreamers.

FWD.us is strongly urging every United States Senator who wants a solution to protect Dreamers to support this amendment:

“This legislation would provide nearly 2 million Dreamers with the permanent ability to live and work in this country without the daily fear of deportation. It would allow them to eventually earn citizenship. It would allow nearly 2 million young people who are Americans in every way but paperwork to live their lives in very regular and very extraordinary ways. Dreamers do not deserve to go through life spending their days counting down until the day when they will be expelled from the country that is their home, and to a country they may not remember. This amendment is a serious, meaningful compromise and this is a vote that will be remembered for years to come.”

FWD.us Issues Vote Recommendations In Support of Rounds-King and McCain-Coons Bipartisan Amendments

Posted by FWD.us Press on 02/14/2018

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us issued recommendations today for a “YES” vote on S.A. 1958 (Rounds-King) and S.A. 1955 (McCain-Coons), all bipartisan immigration amendments.

Senator Mike Rounds (R-ND) and Senator Angus King (I-ME) introduced S.A. 1958, the Immigration Security and Opportunity Act, which would provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers while investing in physical barriers, border technology and tactical infrastructure to further secure the border. Co-sponsors include Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Angus King (I-ME), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Chris Coons (D-DE), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Mark Warner (D-VA).

FWD.us also encourages a “YES” vote on S.A. 1955, introduced by Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE). This bipartisan amendment pairs a a permanent path to citizenship for Dreamers with sensible improvements to border security, including strengthening the requirements for border security technology.

FWD.us is also thankful for the bipartisan hardwork and legislative solution put forward by Senators Gardner and Bennett, although it appears this will not receive a vote.

We are thankful to lawmakers for their dedication and hard work to reach across the aisle and work toward a bipartisan compromise. While there are certain provisions of these amendments that we do not support, and expect this is true of people on both sides of the aisle, we believe compromise is necessary in this moment.

The American public overwhelmingly supports giving Dreamers the chance to stay in the United States permanently, including 86% of all Americans and 76% of Republicans. For lawmakers, the choice is crystal clear: They can either vote to protect America’s Dreamers and increase border security, or they can choose to subject people to deportation from the country that is their home. It is time for Congress to take action and fix this crisis.

FWD.us strongly urges a “YES” vote on the bipartisan immigration amendments, S.A. 1958 (Rounds-King) and S.A. 1955 (McCain-Coons).

ICYMI - Cuts to legal immigration unpopular among Republican senators

Posted by FWD.us Press on 02/14/2018

Cuts to legal immigration levels are unpopular with Republican senators, including among several who are sponsoring the Secure and Succeed Act, a proposal that would make drastic cuts to family-based immigration.

The bill makes substantial cuts to legal immigration levels, eliminating several family sponsorship categories for U.S. citizens and denying American families the opportunity to reunite with their loving parents and children. It is sponsored by Republican Sens. James Lankford (OK), Chuck Grassley (IA), Thom Tillis (NC), David Perdue (GA), Tom Cotton (AR), Joni Ernst (IA), and Majority Whip John Cornyn (TX).

In an interview with Vox, several Republican senators raised concerns that reducing immigration levels will hurt economic growth, hinder job creation and keep families separated.

Below is a sampling of quotes from Republican senators who interviewed with Vox, including several who have lined up behind the Secure and Succeed Act:

Senator James Inhofe (R-OK): “I don’t like cuts to legal immigration. I have been the speaker at naturalization ceremonies, and there is nothing more heartwarming than to see people who are learning the language, learning the history, and doing all that, and I have always been a real supporter of encouraging that.”

Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD): “I am one of them who believes that legal immigration is important. Even if we want to maintain our current population, we have to have legal immigration. I really am more interested in finding a way to shorten the lines and to find a way to give the people who are legally in line the opportunity to migrate.”

Senator James Lankford (R-OK): “I’m open to keeping the [legal immigration] numbers as it is. … Let me put it this way: I am fine leaving the numbers where they are, for me personally.”

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX): “I don’t know what the appropriate level is of legal immigration. I think there’s two parts of that; we ought to look at more merit-based immigration. We will always have family-based immigration policy, and indeed, we provide for the nuclear family, but we ought to also look at people with skills and education and talents that we need in our country, and so this is the beginning of that conversation.”