FWD.us Statement on the Bipartisan DREAM Act

Posted by FWD.us Press on 07/20/2017

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, FWD.us President Todd Schulte released the following statement on the introduction of a bipartisan DREAM Act by Senators Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin, which would allow hardworking young immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as minors to apply for legal status and eventual citizenship if they meet certain educational or military requirements, successfully pass a background check, and remain in good legal standing:

“We applaud Senators Graham and Durbin for introducing vital legislation to protect Dreamers at this crucial time, when nearly 800,000 hardworking young immigrants are facing the imminent threat of deportation with the DACA program under attack. The DREAM Act would allow these impressive individuals – many of whom only know the United States as home – to live, work, study, and serve in our military free from the fear of deportation, continuing to contribute to our communities and our economy. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle consistently support protecting Dreamers, and the overwhelming majority of Americans agrees with them. Dreamers add billions in GDP growth to our economy, creating jobs and raising wages for U.S. citizens, and providing a pathway to legal status for them will make everyone safer by bringing people out of the shadows and allowing law enforcement to focus their limited time and enforcement resources on true public safety threats. We urge Senator Graham’s and Senator Durbin’s colleagues to join them to protect Dreamers and pass this critically important legislation immediately.”

POLLING RELEASED TODAY SHOWS that support for DACA and Dreamers is at an all-time high, with more than 70% of registered voters supporting keeping DACA. Interestingly, that figure increases to 75% support when respondents are told that President Trump has continued this program, including 78% support among Republicans. Additionally, more than 81% of all voters believe that undocumented immigrants should be able to earn a pathway to citizenship if they can complete an application process and pass a background check. These findings reinforce polling from earlier this year, showing that 75% of Trump voters want legal status for Dreamers.

Statement from FWD.us President Todd Schulte

Posted on 07/19/2017

WASHINGTON, DC –Tonight,  FWD.us President Todd Schulte tonight released the following statement:

“All year the President has repeatedly said he wants to “deal with DACA with heart.” This anonymous source seems willing to undermine the President’s stated desire – and we should be clear about the consequences: either DACA remains in place or there is a Dream Act signed into law, otherwise the result is that 800,000 young people will lose their jobs immediately and be subject to immediate deportation”

FWD.us Statement on the Department of Homeland Security’s Intent to Rescind the International Entrepreneur Rule

Posted by FWD.us Press on 07/10/2017

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte released the following statement today in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s announcement that they will immediately delay the effective date of the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER), and that their intent is to rescind the rule fully:

“We are extremely disappointed that the White House has decided to roll back the International Entrepreneur Rule after two and a half years, which was a critical effort to ensure that the best and the brightest foreign-born entrepreneurs could more easily grow the companies that will create American jobs here in the U.S. while expanding our economy. This is unquestionably a setback for the United States in the global race for talent – we should be encouraging innovators to bring their new ideas, expertise, and unique skills to our country, rather than incentivizing them to put their talents to work for our competitors abroad.

“Members of the tech and business communities made their voices heard on the necessity of the IER, and we are dismayed that the Administration has chosen to ignore the advice of so many job creators. We’ll continue working to pass legislation that would fix our badly outdated and broken immigration system so that the U.S. can remain a magnet for the best and the brightest to bring their talents here, grow our economy, and create American jobs.”

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Fwd.us Launches Utah Coalition to Advocate for Immigration Reform

Posted by FWD.us Press on 07/06/2017

Congressional, Business and Community Leaders Bring Immigration Reform to the Forefront of Legislative Priorities

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – FWD.us today launched a new statewide coalition in Utah to highlight the value of immigrants and immigration to the state, as well as to address the urgent need for comprehensive national immigration reform. Comprising more than 8 percent of the state population, immigrants contribute enormously to the local economy, spending around $4 billion and paying over $1.2 billion in state and local taxes each year. Immigration reform would further unlock their economic potential. The Utah coalition launch comes on the heels of seven other new FWD.us state coalitions recently launched across the country, including those in Oklahoma, Arizona, and Washington State.

“There’s one area of substantial agreement between the two parties, and that’s on high-skilled immigration,” said Utah Senator Orrin Hatch during the coalition launch event. “I’ve worked on this aspect of immigration reform for a long time. I have deep ties to the tech & business communities…I know how important having a highly educated highly skilled workforce is to the success of our economy.”

“Our technology community is built on the collective efforts of U.S. citizens and immigrants alike,” said Jonathan Jackson, president and COO of the Utah Technology Council, a member of the new FWD.us Utah Coalition. “The launch of the FWD.us Utah Coalition contributes to our state’s nationwide fight for immigration reform. We stand with technology leaders around the country, urging our lawmakers to keep the U.S. competitive in a global economy.”

The Utah Restaurant Association, another key member of the FWD.us Utah Coalition, voiced their strong support for immigration reform.

“We rely on an immigrant-based labor force, and that is not going to change,” said Melva Sine, president of the Utah Restaurant Association. “Immigrants are good people who come here to work hard, but many lack the experience or resources to renew their documentation. We need real immigration reform that works for Utah’s growing economy.”

The Utah coalition, which is made up of local business and community leaders, will highlight the need for immigration reform that grows the economy, creates American jobs, strengthens our communities. The coalition’s main priorities include the following:

  • Promoting Smart Border Security. Providing law enforcement the tools necessary to stop future illegal immigration, and allow law enforcement to focus on truly threats to our national security.
  • Unlocking Immigrants’ Economic Potential. Modernizing our legal immigration system so that it works for today’s economy while creating millions of American jobs, reducing the deficit, and ensuring the U.S. can remain competitive in a global economy.
  • Creating a Process to Earn Legal Status. Creating a pathway to legalization for those currently living in the United States without documentation but with long-standing community ties, who pass a criminal background check, pay fines, and go through a probationary period. After an extended period of time, such as 10 years, those who meet specific requirements, such as learning English and paying back taxes, will have the option to apply for citizenship.

Implementing real immigration reform will bring those living here without documentation out of the shadows, and allow law enforcement to better focus their resources on true security threats.

About FWD.us: FWD.us is a bipartisan organization started by key leaders in the tech and business community to promote policies to keep the United States competitive in a global economy, starting with commonsense immigration reform and criminal justice reform.

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