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.
Tonight, FWD.us President Todd Schulte released the following statement following the arrest of DACA recipient Daniel Medina in Seattle:
DACA recipient Daniel Ramirez Medina’s arrest shows the urgent need for clear enforcement priorities, and for keeping in place critical DACA protections. We urge immediate clarity through the requested judicial action so Daniel can return home to his 3 year-old son, and to ensure that incidents like this do not happen in Seattle or anywhere else in the country going forward.
DACA – the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program – allows 750,000 Dreamers to live and work legally without fear of deportation in the United States. To receive DACA, these 750,000 undocumented youth registered with the government, passed a background check (including fingerprinting), and met certain educational and residency requirements. Not only does the DACA program benefit our country by allowing these Dreamers to fully contribute to our economy, but it improves public safety by allowing law enforcement to focus their limited time and enforcement resources on true public safety threats.
WASHINGTON – Following the executive orders on immigration yesterday, FWD.us President Todd Schulte released the following statement:
“Those individuals living here illegally who commit serious, violent crimes should be deported, but that can only be done if ICE prioritizes those individuals. Unfortunately, this order sets the stage for a large-scale ramp up in deportations by no longer distinguishing between dangerous felons and an undocumented mother working to provide for her U.S. citizen children. Diverting resources away from violent criminals would make us less safe and break apart families by removing from our country some of best and brightest workers, students and members of every community.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced their final version of their International Entrepreneurship Rule, which will allow the brightest entrepreneurs from across the globe to grow their companies and innovate in the U.S. to boost the American economy.
FWD.us President Todd Schulte released the following statement on the final rule:
“We applaud the White House’s announcement of the final International Entrepreneurship Rule, a vital effort to ensure that the best and the brightest foreign-born entrepreneurs can more easily grow the companies that will create American jobs here in the U.S. while expanding our economy. In the global race for talent, the IER will help encourage innovators to bring their skills, new ideas, and expertise to our nation, rather than putting their talents to work for our competitors abroad.
“We know that countless hours of work went into the release of this final rule, and we are grateful to the many individuals – both in the Obama Administration and the members of the tech and business communities who made their voices heard – who helped make today’s announcement possible. We’ll continue to work to find solutions to our badly broken and outdated immigration system so that the U.S. can remain a hub for job creators who want to grow the American economy.”
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