FWD.us Statement on Trump Administration’s Failure to Meet Court-Ordered Deadline for Family Reunification

Posted by FWD.us Press on 07/10/2018

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us Director of Coalitions & Policy Alida Garcia issued the following statement today:

“Today, the Trump Administration failed to meet the court-mandated deadline to reunite more than 100 young kids under the age of five with their parents after being separated under President Trump’s cruel ‘zero tolerance’ policy. The Administration has reunited only 1% of the children with their parents that they are mandated to reunite within the next 14 days. This is completely unacceptable — and it remains unclear how the Administration will be able to reunite the remaining 2,900 children in the next 14 days. This is a crisis. They must fix it and reverse their awful and unnecessary ‘zero tolerance’ policy.”

FWD.us Statement on DOJ’s Explicit Announcement of Planned Indefinite Family Detention

Posted by FWD.us Press on 06/30/2018

WASHINGTON, DC – On Friday evening, lawyers for the Department of Justice filed a notice of compliance that it will be the policy of the United States to keep children incarcerated with their parents for indefinite periods of time. FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement today on indefinite family detention:

“This Administration is wrongly stating that the only alternative to taking children from parents is jailing kids with their families for months or years because of the years-long backlog in immigration court. The Department of Justice was explicit in their filing Friday evening, saying: ‘The government will not separate families but detain families together during the pendency of immigration proceedings when they are apprehended at or between ports of entry.’

“Manufacturing a crisis to create this false choice has been the administration’s plan all along – but this is the government being explicit in its intentions to advocate for the indefinite incarceration of kids with their parents for months and years in response to lawful requests for asylum, or for misdemeanor illegal entry cases. Like taking 4,100 children away from their parents, this is wrong. The administration must reverse its zero tolerance policy immediately and direct all resources necessary into reuniting the 4,100 children it took with their parents.”

TODAY: Last call for public comments on the International Entrepreneur Rule

Posted by FWD.us Press on 06/28/2018

Today is the final day that the Department of Homeland Security is accepting public comments on the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER). The IER is a clear value-add policy that will bring vital skills, innovative ideas and entrepreneurship to communities across our nation.

We urge individuals to voice their support for the IER before the public comment period closes today (Wednesday, June 28). You can learn more about the IER and submit a comment directly to the Federal Register via our portal at www.fwd.us/ier.

FWD.us also submitted a comment today in support of the International Entrepreneur Rule, expressing our disappointment at the proposed rescission and urging the Administration to preserve and implement the rule. In part, the comment reads:

“Rescinding IER is unquestionably a setback for the United States and stands at odds with the Administration’s previously stated commitment to working with technology leaders to expand the American economy. … IER was created based on feedback from the entrepreneurial, investment, and legal communities. Although it was not a permanent solution to the challenges international entrepreneurs face, it thoughtfully addressed an important gap in our current immigration system.”

FWD.us’ comment is here and below.

The Honorable Kirstjen Nielsen
Secretary
Department of Homeland Security
3801 Nebraska Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20528

Dear Secretary Nielsen:

FWD.us represents a community of entrepreneurs, technologists, and advocates with
thousands of volunteers spanning across 22 states. We are a bipartisan advocacy organization started by key leaders in the tech and business community. Our mission is to promote policies that will keep the United States competitive in the global economy. We are firmly invested in allowing the best and brightest from around the world to contribute their ideas and skills to the United States. We are therefore deeply disappointed by the Department of Homeland Security’s proposal to remove the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER), and urge for the preservation and implementation of the rule.

Rescinding IER is unquestionably a setback for the United States and stands at odds with the Administration’s previously stated commitment to working with technology leaders to expand the American economy. Countless studies illustrate the vital role immigrant entrepreneurs play to the United States’ economy. Although immigrants comprise 15% of the population, they account for nearly a quarter of all entrepreneurs in the United States. 43% of Fortune 500 companies have a founder who is an immigrant or the child of immigrants. 51% of billion dollar startups have an immigrant co-founder, with each of them creating an average of 760 American jobs. New American Economy recently estimated that the IER policy would specifically create over 300,000 American jobs over the course of a decade. Given the overwhelming economic benefits to allowing foreign entrepreneurs to create new businesses, hire American workers, and stimulate the economy, it makes little sense to rescind the International Entrepreneur Rule.

IER was created based on feedback from the entrepreneurial, investment, and legal communities. Although it was not a permanent solution to the challenges international entrepreneurs face, it thoughtfully addressed an important gap in our current immigration system. There does not currently exist a straightforward pathway for international entrepreneurs, and existing pathways are insufficient for a variety of reasons. For example, the E-2 visa is limited to nationals of treaty countries. This glaringly excludes entrepreneurs from countries such as China, India, and Chile. The EB-5 visa is specifically for investors putting forth their own capital and would not apply to international entrepreneurs who rely on funding from venture capitalists and other outside sources. The EB-2 employment-based visa is another option that would not be ideal for many entrepreneurs. Chinese and Indian applicants face significantly longer wait times and would be discouraged from this pathway. Younger entrepreneurs are also unlikely to apply for an EB-2 because of strict requirements pertaining to advanced degrees and years of experience. Considering the fact that nearly a quarter of billion dollar startups were founded by an immigrant who first came to the United States as an international student, it is important to create opportunities for recently graduated entrepreneurs to pursue their own startups. Otherwise, we risk losing out in the global race for talent by turning away talented entrepreneurs to the benefit of our competitors abroad.

We agree that Congress will ultimately need to pass legislation to fully resolve the immigration challenges that foreign entrepreneurs face. But in the meantime, it is crucial to provide entrepreneurs the opportunity to grow their companies and create value in the United States. Eliminating IER is a clear step in the wrong direction that will hurt job creation and middle class wage growth in the United States. Letting the private sector invest in foreign-born entrepreneurs who are going to create American jobs is a win-win-win, and rescinding IER will mean fewer immigrants and fewer American jobs.

FWD.us Statement on Nationwide Injunction to Reunite Families

Posted by FWD.us Press on 06/27/2018

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement today after a federal judge issued an injunction requiring the reunification of more than 2,000 children with their parents after being forcibly separated under the Trump Administration’s family separation policy:

“Taking 2,000 children away from their parents as part of a ‘zero tolerance’ policy is un-American and wrong. It is absolutely critical for everyone to understand that the future of young kids held in federal custody remains uncertain as there is still no clear plan on how children ripped from their parents’ arms will be reunited, including parents who have been deported without their children.

“Tuesday’s preliminary injunction is only a temporary measure that can be overturned at any time, and not the permanent solution that families fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries deserve. The Trump Administration should immediately roll back the inhumane ‘zero tolerance’ policy and instead take real action to keep these families together.

“We should be realistic too. There is a ton of work to be done to make sure this happens. We urge everyone to get involved – be it by calling Congress, attending a rally this weekend or by supporting great groups doing work on this crisis.”

Tuesday’s injunction orders the Trump Administration to reunite children under the age of 5 with their parents within 14 days, and all other children who have been separated from their parents within 30 days. It also requires the government to stop deporting parents without their children, and orders that detained parents must be allowed to speak to their children on the phone within 10 days.