More Than 250 Local Lawmakers, Community Leaders Call on Congress to Pass Dreamer Solution By End of Year

Posted by FWD.us Press on 12/11/2017

Business Leaders, Faith Leaders, Locally-Elected Officials and Community Stakeholders Urge Congress to Protect DACA Recipients from Deportation

WASHINGTON, DC – A coalition of more than 250 business leaders, education leaders, faith leaders, local-elected officials and community stakeholders from 13 states are calling on federal lawmakers to pass permanent protections for Dreamers before the end of the year. In letters to the federally-elected officials in their states, they write:

“Dreamers make our communities stronger every day, but they are in urgent need of a permanent legislative solution that will protect them from becoming targets for deportation, ripped from their families and needlessly kicked out of the workforce. Beyond the devastating moral consequences, deporting hardworking young individuals is a waste of taxpayer dollars that would cost the U.S. economy $460 billion in lost GDP and $24.6 billion in lost Social Security and Medicare tax contributions. An overwhelming majority of Americans on both sides of the aisle agree that we should protect Dreamers from deportation.

“Congress has the opportunity to show genuine leadership in passing a permanent legislative solution to protect Dreamers. We urge you to do right by these hard working young people, who are American in every way but on paper, and pass legislation before you leave town for the holidays.”

Members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives in Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Washington received letters signed by business leaders, education leaders, faith leaders, locally-elected officials and community stakeholders in their state on Tuesday. Signers include individuals such as Tampa Bay Technology Forum Executive Director James Scott, HQ Raleigh Founder Christopher Gergen, Xavier University President Robert Gervasi, Arizona Technology Council CEO Steven Zylstra, Michigan Venture Capital Association President Maureen Miller-Brosnan and Tune.com CEO Peter Hamilton, among many others.

The letters come just weeks after more than 600 of the country’s largest companies and business associations joined forces to launch the Coalition for the American Dream. The Coalition, which calls on Congress to pass “bipartisan legislation that gives Dreamers a permanent solution the calendar year 2017,” includes the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Marriott, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, The Coca-Cola Company, Best Buy, Hyatt and Levi Strauss & Co., among others.

Time is running out for Congress to pass a legislative solution, like the Dream Act, that would protect the nearly 800,000 DACA recipients currently living, working and contributing to communities across the country. Earlier this year, the Trump administration decided to end the DACA program, and as a result, the fate of Dreamers is in Congress’ hands. If Congress doesn’t act now, hard-working, tax-paying DACA recipients will be faced with the threat of deportation from the only nation they have ever called home.

FWD.us Statement on House Republicans’ Letter Calling to Protect Dreamers by Year-end

Posted by FWD.us Press on 12/05/2017

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement today after more than 30 House Republicans sent a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan calling for a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers before the end of the year:

“That more than 30 House Republicans have made clear to the Speaker that legislation to permanently protect America’s Dreamers must come before the end of the year is critical and we applaud them for this. The time is now. Our nation cannot wait, and these House Republicans have made clear Congress should do its job this year. There is no reason to wait. Moreover, we are encouraged that members from both sides of the aisle realize that Congress must fix this problem before year-end because voting for spending bills without first protecting Dreamers means voting for immigration enforcement dollars that will be used to deport DACA recipients who know no other home than the United States.”

FWD.us Launches New National Ad Campaign Urging Congress to Pass Dream Act This Year

Posted by FWD.us Press on 12/04/2017

Congress Must Pass a Legislative Solution for Dreamers Before the End of the Year

 

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us today launched a nationwide six-figure digital advertising campaign featuring four Dreamers from across the country, to pressure Congress to pass legislation to protect Dreamers before they go home for the holidays. The ads will run online in battleground districts and states, including Washington, Ohio and Texas.

The advertisements highlight the personal stories of Dreamers who earned work authorization and deportation protections through the DACA program, which was eliminated by President Trump earlier this year. The Dreamers in the ads are awaiting anxiously for lawmakers to pass a permanent legislative solution that would prevent them from being fired from their jobs, ripped from their families, and deported from the country they call home. Stories highlighted include:

 

Gloria Rinconi, a medical assistant at Texas Presbyterian Hospital who came to the U.S. as a one-year-old.
Maria Torres, a mechanical engineering student at Washington State University.
Irving Calderon, an IT business analyst at General Motors who moved to Texas as a seven-month-old baby.
Nathali Bertran, a mechanical engineer at Honda and co-founder of DACA Time, a non-profit software start-up that serves immigrants.

 

The ad buy comes as Congress is considering a year-end government funding deal, which could include funding for immigration enforcement in the interior of the United States. With the repeal of DACA, if protections for Dreamers are not passed this year, those funds could be used to deport Dreamers who will lose protection from deportation.

 

If Congress fails to pass and fully implement a permanent legislative solution by March 5, approximately1,700 Dreamers will lose their jobs every single business day between March 6 and November 6 of 2018. Nearly 800,000 individuals who are currently employed and contributing as productive members of the American workforce would lose their work authorization and could be fired over the course of two years.

 

 

FWD.us Statement on International Entrepreneur Rule Court Decision

Posted by FWD.us Press on 12/01/2017

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, a district judge issued a decision regarding a lawsuit,NVCA v. Duke, over the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) decision to delay implementation of the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER). The judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, ordering DHS to resume implementation of IER and begin accepting applications from foreign entrepreneurs.

FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement:

“FWD.us was heartened by the court’s decision to allow the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER) to go into effect. This is good news for job creation and innovation. Allowing highly qualified entrepreneurs to stay in this country to start and grow their companies will add American jobs and bring critical new capital to our economy. Immigration has long been one of our country’s greatest competitive advantages, and as such, we should embrace policies such as IER. FWD.us has worked closely with leaders and entrepreneurs in the tech community on this policy for two years, and we look forward to seeing DHS finally implement the rule.”