In New Poll, 90% of Americans Support Pathway to Citizenship, an All-Time High

Posted by FWD.us on 03/17/2017

New Poll Finds All-Time High Support for a Pathway to Citizenship for Undocumented

90% of all Americans and 87% of Republicans favor legalization over mass deportation

Today, CNN/ORC released a poll showing that 90% of all Americans — an all-time high — support establishing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who have been in this country for a number of years, hold a job, speak English, and are willing to pay any back taxes that they owe. The poll found strong overwhelming for a pathway to citizenship across the political spectrum showing that 87% of Republicans and 89% of Independents agree with this approach. The poll clearly indicates growing support for this approach, showing an increase in the percentage of Americans who believe in pursuing a pathway to citizenship up from a similar CNN poll from September 2016, which found that 88% of Americans held this view.

Additionally, the poll found that Americans strongly oppose efforts to deport all undocumented immigrants currently living in the country:

  • 71% of all Americans oppose mass deportation, including 55% of Republicans and 71% of Independents – an increase from a September 2016 CNN poll that found 66% of Americans oppose mass deportation.

  • Independents represented the majority of this opinion change, shifting from 66% opposed in Sept. to 71% who say they are opposed today.

FWD.us Taps Former White House Official Peter Boogaard to Drive Communications Strategy

Posted on 03/10/2017

Washington, DC — FWD.us today announced that former White House and National Security Council Spokesman and Department of Homeland Security Deputy Assistant Secretary Peter Boogaard would join the senior staff as Communications Director.

Peter’s hire adds a seasoned communications voice to FWD.us’ growing bipartisan team. His expertise in immigration policy will add considerable strength to the organization’s efforts to revitalize the broken immigration system.

Prior to FWD.us, Peter served as Director of Communications and Assistant Press Secretary at the White House, where he held a dual role with the National Security Office and White House Press Office. There, he focused on a range of domestic security issues, including immigration and border security, refugee policy, disaster response, and Western Hemisphere affairs including Central American migration and Cuba policy. Peter previously worked for the Department of Homeland Security, where he served as Press Secretary and ultimately Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs. He began his career on Capitol Hill as Press Secretary for U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper.

“Peter’s wealth of knowledge about the immigration system and his credibility in the national media market will be a tremendous asset for our bipartisan organization,” said FWD.us President Todd Schulte. “We’re excited to leverage his experience as a homeland security expert as we work with members of both parties to find commonsense solutions on immigration and criminal justice reform.”

A nationally-recognized communications expert, Peter will continue to be at the center of immigration reform efforts as a senior staffer at FWD.us.

FWD.us has built an incredibly talented team focused on finding commonsense, bipartisan solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing our nation,” said Peter Boogaard. “FWD.us is an example of Democrats and Republicans looking past the partisanship that has so often defined our politics and, instead, working together to make our country safer, stronger, and more competitive. I’m excited to continue fighting for immigration reform and criminal justice reform, and working to ensure the American Dream is achievable in the 21st century.”

FWD.us Statement on Recognizing America’s Children (RAC) Act

Posted on 03/10/2017

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, a group of Republican lawmakers introduced the Recognizing America’s Children (RAC) Act, which allows hardworking young immigrants who arrived in the U.S. prior to 2010 as minors to adjust their status if they can meet certain educational or military requirements, and pass a background check.

Original co-sponsors of the RAC Act include U.S. Representatives Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), Mike Coffman (CO-6), Jeff Denham (CA-19), Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), Mark Amodei (NV-2), Jenniffer González Colón (PR), and David Valadao (CA-21).

Following the introduction of the RAC Act, FWD.us President Todd Schulte released the following statement:

“We want to thank Congressman Curbelo for once again fighting to fix our broken immigration system. He knows how important this is to families in South Florida and across the nation. Dreamers who came to this country as children are part of our communities and shouldn’t be kept in fear of deportation. While this legislation is a step in the right direction, this is only one area of several that needs to be reformed.  Our economy and safety will continue to suffer until we modernize our outdated legal immigration system, secure the border and create a pathway to citizenship for the nearly 11 million law-abiding undocumented immigrants who currently live in the United States.”

FWD.us: Statement on President Trump's remarks on DACA

Posted on 02/16/2017

Following President Trump’s comments on DACA during his press conference earlier today, FWD.us President Todd Schulte released the following statement:

“We are encouraged that President Trump knows that DACA provides critical benefits to ‘incredible kids,’ as he pointed out in today’s press conference. We look forward to hearing the President’s plan that ensures these critical protections are not removed and 750,000 Dreamers can continue live and work legally in the country. Providing clarity is not only important to those in the program, but to the tens of millions of other Americans who work and live alongside DACA recipients every day. They, along with millions of other undocumented immigrants, deserve the chance to fully contribute without fear of deportation.”

BACKGROUND ON THE DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS PROGRAM

  • To be eligible for DACA, applicants must meet stringent criteria, including:
  • Have arrived in the United States before their 16th birthday
  • Have continuously lived in the country since 2007 (a period of at least nine years)
  • Pass a thorough criminal background check (including fingerprinting) and remain in good legal standing
  • Meet certain educational or military requirements
  • Pay a $465 nonrefundable application fee

DACA helps immigration authorities prioritize enforcement by vetting young immigrants while providing them with a chance to contribute to their communities through gainful employment, higher education and/or military service. Nearly 90 percent of DACA recipients — roughly 700,000 people — are employed, and roughly 95 percent are either working or in school.

Here are stories and videos to learn about DACA