Statement from FWD.us President Todd Schulte

Posted by FWD.us Press on 09/03/2017

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

“We will not be responding to anonymous leaks from the White House. The President has said he is the decider and that he would be making an announcement on Tuesday. This couldn’t be more serious and 800,000 people – and their friends and family – deserve clarity.”

Congressman Hank Johnson, State Representative Pedro Martin Joined FWD.us and Dreamers to Highlight Imminent Threat to DACA

Posted by FWD.us Press on 09/01/2017

ATLANTA, GA – Congressman Hank Johnson (D, GA-4), State Representative Pedro Marin, FWD.us, the Latin American Association and the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce joined local area Dreamers today for a press conference on the urgent threat to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

With DACA facing the imminent threat of repeal, today’s event focused on the importance of Dreamers and the many ways they contribute to social and economic well-being of the United States. State Representative Pedro Marin affirmed his support for the 24,000 DACA recipients in Georgia and Congressman Hank Johnson promised to bring this issue back to Congress and push for a legislative solution. They were joined by a local Dreamer who shared the transformative impact DACA has had on his life. Most Dreamers are students pursuing their education, or they are engineers, teachers, entrepreneurs, healthcare workers and other professions across the spectrum who support this country.

Members and leaders of the business community reiterated the value Dreamers bring to their work. Losing 24,000 individuals from the workforce would present a substantial economic hardship for businesses throughout the state. Eliminating DACA would take 800,000 people out of the national workforce and would cost the United States $460 billion in national GDP over the next decade, and Georgia would lose an enormous $66 million.

“Dreamers are our friends, our neighbors, our soldiers, new homeowners, entrepreneurs, and students. I urge the entire Georgia delegation and my Republican colleagues in Congress to support our DACA constituents, and pass legislation that protects these brave young people who know no other home and are fighting for our country in the Armed Forces. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said: ‘the time is always right to do the right thing.’ President Trump, do the right thing and protect our DACA youth.” —Congressman Henry C. “Hank” Johnson Jr., GA-04

“Today, thousands of dreamers are working in various industries, paying taxes, attending college and contributing to our society. Upending this program would have devastating effects for our communities and economy.” —Georgia State Representative Pedro Marin

“I am proud to have DACA recipients on my staff here in the halls of the capitol. They are here because of their love of state, their love of communities. These are brave kids with a tremendous work ethic, you’ve met them and you’ve worked with them. All we ask is that you stand with them, give them a chance and a way forward.” —State Representative Brenda Lopez

“When DACA was introduced it was prayer that was answered from the sky not just for me, but for the thousand of Dreamers across the country. It allowed me to come out of the shadows, get a driver’s license, get a job and to show people that we are here to make this country great. We will continue to fight for Dreamers. Our voices will be heard, no matter what part of the country we live in. Our voices will travel through the Great Plains. Our voices will travel from the coast. Our voices will travel through the prairies. They will travel through the halls of Congress, and, finally they will make it into the Oval Office, and we will not rest until we have a DREAM Act that brings us a peace of mind.” —Jaime Rangel, Dreamer and student at Dalton State University

“Dreamers are hardworking and resilient members of our society. Their success and their ability to contribute to this country benefits all Americans, including the many millions of U.S. citizens who work and live with them. I urge members of Congress to pass the DREAM Act and secure the futures of these young people. The DACA program has provided hope for almost 800,000 individuals and the moral consequences that come with deporting Dreamers would be profound,” —Charles Kuck, Kuck Immigration Partners

“The lifeline of families and our community’s youth are in peril. Our business community needs to start speaking out on behalf of your employees and communities. Our businesses are going to suffer, removal of DACA will be felt at the state and national level and all of our bottom lines. Economically, this would be devastating. We have to come together as a business community and say that we won’t let the door be shut on our Dreamers,” —Antonio Molina, business owner and Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board Member

“If DACA is rescinded, people will lose the ability to contribute. We encourage you to reach out to elected officials and ask them to do the right thing and support the DREAM Act.” —David Schaefer, Latin American Association

“We are thankful to Congressman Johnson for his commitment to supporting Dreamers and ensuring that they continue to live, work and study in the country they call home. Since its inception five years ago, the DACA program has proven to be an incredible success, allowing 800,000 hardworking young people to legally work and add billions to the U.S. economy. In Georgia, 24,000 Dreamers contribute to their communities as teachers, healthcare workers, engineers and retail workers. The consequences of ripping these hardworking young people away from Georgia’s workforce would be absolutely devastating, both economically and morally.” —FWD.us President Todd Schulte

ICYMI: Speaker Ryan, Senator Hatch Urge Trump to Keep DACA

Posted by FWD.us Press on 09/01/2017

Just now, Speaker Ryan and Senator Hatch separately called for President Trump to keep DACA protections in place for the 800,000 young people who rely on the program to live and work legally in the United States, and highlighted the importance of Congress passing a permanent legislative solution to protect Dreamers.

 

In an interview with a Wisconsin radio station, Speaker Ryan said:

 

“I don’t think [President Trump] should [rescind DACA]. I believe that this is something Congress has to fix… there are people who are in limbo. These are kids who know no other country, who were brought here by their parents and don’t know another home. And so I really do believe there needs to be a legislative solution, that’s one that we’re working on, and I think we want to give people peace of mind. And so I’ve had plenty of conversations with the White House about this issue. And I think the President as well has mentioned that he wants to have a humane solution to this problem, I think that’s something that we in Congress are working on and need to deliver on.”

 

 

In a statement, Senator Hatch (R-UT) said:

 

“I’ve urged the President not to rescind DACA, an action that would further complicate a system in serious need of a permanent, legislative solution. … we also need a workable, permanent solution for individuals who entered our country unlawfully as children through no fault of their own and who have built their lives here. And that solution must come from Congress.

“Over the coming months, I’ll be working closely with my colleagues in Congress and with the administration to pass meaningful immigration reform that will secure our borders, provide a workable path forward for the Dreamer population, and ensure that employers have access to the high-skilled workers they need to succeed in our technology-driven economy.”

 

Entrepreneurs, Business Leaders Call On President Trump and Congress to Protect 800,000 DACA Recipients

Posted by FWD.us Press on 08/31/2017

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, hundreds of entrepreneurs and business leaders from across the country released an open letter calling on President Trump to preserve the DACA program and calling on Congress to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act or similar legislation that provides these young people raised in our country the permanent solution they deserve. The letter and current signatory list can be found here. The letter will remain open and those who wish to sign in the future can do so here.
Full text:
August 31, 2017
To: President Donald J. Trump
To: Speaker Paul Ryan; Leader Nancy Pelosi; Leader Mitch McConnell; and Leader Charles E. Schumer
As entrepreneurs and business leaders, we are concerned about new developments in immigration policy that threaten the future of young undocumented immigrants brought to America as children.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows nearly 800,000 Dreamers the basic opportunity to work and study without the threat of deportation, is in jeopardy. All DACA recipients grew up in America, registered with our government, submitted to extensive background checks, and are diligently giving back to our communities and paying income taxes. More than 97 percent are in school or in the workforce, 5 percent started their own business, 65 percent have purchased a vehicle, and 16 percent have purchased their first home. At least 72 percent of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies count DACA recipients among their employees.
Unless we act now to preserve the DACA program, all 780,000 hardworking young people will lose their ability to work legally in this country, and every one of them will be at immediate risk of deportation. Our economy would lose $460.3 billion from the national GDP and $24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions.
Dreamers are vital to the future of our companies and our economy. With them, we grow and create jobs. They are part of why we will continue to have a global competitive advantage.
We call on President Trump to preserve the DACA program. We call on Congress to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act or legislation that provides these young people raised in our country the permanent solution they deserve.