FWD.us Statement on Release of Rosa Maria Hernandez, 10 Year-Old Dreamer with Cerebral Palsy, After Nearly 2 Weeks of Detention

Posted by FWD.us Press on 11/03/2017

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement this evening on the news that DHS will release 10 year-old Rosa Maria Hernandez, a Dreamer with cerebral palsy who was detained by CBP after undergoing emergency surgery and was being processed for deportation, to her family:

“We are extremely relieved to hear that Rosa Maria Hernandez will finally be released to her family after her senseless detention. Rosa Maria is a Dreamer. She should have never been jailed away from her parents. Her arrest and detention is a dangerous and all-too-real reminder of what will happen to other millions of undocumented young people across the country if Congress fails to pass legislation to protect Dreamers.

“We are thankful for her release. Congress should ensure this doesn’t happen again and act now.”

ICYMI: Senator Flake, Congressman Denham Call for Permanent Dreamer Protections

Posted by FWD.us Press on 11/03/2017

Republican lawmaker Jeff Denham released a new video Thursday highlighting the critical role that Dreamers play in the economic success of California’s Central Valley. California alone is home to more than 220,000 DACA recipients who contribute more than $11.3 billion a year to the state’s annual GDP.

According to Congressman Denham, “With the end of the DACA program, more than 800,000 young people – at least 10,000 of which are in my district – will lose out on the opportunity to work and could even be deported to their country of origin, a place they may not even know or remember.”

Additionally, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) told The Hill today that legislation to permanently protect Dreamers should be included in a year-end bill: “I think we ought to do [it in] a year-end spending bill,” he said. If there is a delay, “these kids are going to get timed out, and it’s terrible for them to live with that kind of uncertainty. We ought to deal with it now, we shouldn’t wait on it.”

FWD.us Statement on DHS’ Continued Detention of Rosa Maria Hernandez, 10 Year-Old Dreamer with Cerebral Palsy

Posted by FWD.us Press on 11/02/2017

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement today on the continued detention of Rosa Maria Hernandez, a 10 year-old Dreamer with cerebral palsy who was detained by CBP after undergoing emergency surgery, and is now being processed for deportation:

“For the last week, 10 year-old Rosa Maria Hernandez has been imprisoned in a taxpayer-funded detention center, separated from her parents while she is being processed for deportation. She has cerebral palsy and was taken from the hospital where she was recovering from emergency surgery. For two weeks, her family has trying to secure her release so they can take her home. Today, she is supposed to be going with her parents to a critical follow-up appointment with her physician in Laredo, but immigration agents continue to refuse to release her.

“Yesterday, FWD.us joined 173 organizations from across the country to call on the Department of Homeland Security to release Rosa Maria to her family. She should be allowed to recover at home in Texas, where she has lived since being brought here at 3 months old to receive the critical care she needs for her cerebral palsy. Rosa Maria is one of millions of young Dreamers who have lived in the U.S. since childhood, desperately awaiting Congress to pass a permanent legislative solution so they can continue living in the only country they know as home.

“Rosa Maria is a Dreamer, but was too young to apply for DACA. Her detention is a horrific example of what will continue to happen across the country if Congress fails to move quickly and pass legislation to protect Dreamers. We need Congress to immediately pass a Dream Act to ensure that Dreamers like Rosa Maria aren’t targets for deportation.”

ICYMI: Republican Congresswoman Mia Love supports pathway to citizenship for Dreamers: “They are, by all accounts, Americans”

Posted by FWD.us Press on 10/27/2017

Republican Congresswoman Mia Love reaffirmed her support for a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers at a town call on Tuesday, saying “they are, by all accounts, Americans.” Her support comes on the heels of new statewide polling showing that a strong majority of Utahns oppose deporting Dreamers.
Nearly three-fourths of respondents in the survey indicated they support allowing Dreamers to stay. There was a majority of backing across political ideologies, with 53 percent of people who considered themselves “very conservative” and 82 percent of moderates in support of letting DACA recipients continue to live in the United States.
Congresswoman Love is among a growing number of Republican leaders who are calling for a bipartisan permanent legislative solution for young, hardworking individuals who came to the United States as children. Nearly 800,000 Dreamers are waiting on Members of Congress to pass this vital legislation that will allow for them to continue making meaningful contributions to the country where they grew up.
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The Salt Lake Tribune // Mariah Noble and Courtney Tanner // ‘They are, by all accounts, Americans’: most Utahns oppose deporting DACA recipients
Rep. Mia Love called the Obama-era program that protected certain young immigrants from deportation a “Band-Aid” on Tuesday night as she urged Congress to develop a more permanent solution that includes a relatively short path to citizenship.
“They are, by all accounts, Americans,” the Utah Republican said during an online town hall.
Her comments come more than a month after President Donald Trump announced his intentions to dissolve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. They also reflect the findings of a new Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll, which showed a strong majority of Utahns opposed to deporting DACA recipients, undocumented immigrants who were brought here when they were children.
Nearly three-fourths of respondents in the Dan Jones & Associates survey indicated they support allowing these immigrants to stay in the country. Some 21 percent said those individuals should be ousted, while 7 percent were undecided.
The poll, conducted from Oct. 10 to 13 with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.98 percentage points, also suggests that individuals who identify as “very liberal” tend to be among the strongest advocate for these immigrants with 97 percent in favor of allowing them to stay.
Still, there was majority backing across political ideologies, with 53 percent of people who considered themselves “very conservative” and 82 percent of moderates in support of letting DACA recipients continue to live in the United States. As did majorities in every demographic group: men and women, and people of all ages, faiths and levels of educational attainment.
“I don’t even know where people would be deported to because they don’t have families there anymore,” said Love, who is the child of immigrants. Her parents fled Haiti to escape potential political persecution and settled in America. Love was born in New York City.
Matt Slade, who responded to the poll and considers himself a moderate Republican, does not support sending DACA recipients back to their country of origin, though he opposes illegal immigration.
He believes Congress ought to come up with a solution to provide, at the least, a path to permanent residency and, possibly, a path to citizenship for these people.
“It wasn‘t their choice,” Slade said. “Why should these children be punished for their parents’ transgressions?”
Milagro Ivester is a self-described conservative Hispanic immigrant who came to the United States with a humanitarian visa 15 years ago, gained permanent residency and became a citizen. She also said the government needs to “create conditions to absorb all these people.”
“I did not come to this country demanding,” Ivester said. “I came to this country to learn and work to earn my right.”
Marta Nielsen said her views are generally liberal, and she’s disappointed with the Trump administration’s actions toward immigrants that are “giving validation to ideas in America that scare me, to be frank, ideas that immigrants are bad and people who are different are bad.”
The Mormon and Christian value of “loving your neighbor” guides her take on the issue. She believes DACA beneficiaries should be given the opportunity to chase the “American dream.”
“The moral code of our society calls for greater compassion than we‘re currently showing,” Nielsen said.
Another respondent, Rand Hollist, said his beliefs also generally align with the views expressed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He said he’s seen the faith’s leaders intervene when proposed state legislation appears too “strict” on immigration.
“I don’t like things that break up families,” said Hollist, who described himself as “very moderate” in his political views.
In the poll, 69 percent of self-described “very active” members of the LDS Church supported letting DACA recipients stay.
Critics, though, say the DACA program was an overstep of former President Barack Obama’s executive authority. That includes all members of Utah’s congressional delegation who believe that Congress should be the one to act.
Lawmakers have offered a number of proposals similar to DACA meant to create an alternative to the program, which expires in March.
Love said the Dream Act, a longstanding bill, provides for too long of a path to citizenship for younger immigrants. She instead backs the RAC Act, which allows these immigrants five years to fulfill necessary work, military or schooling requirements before receiving a green card, the first step toward citizenship.
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch was an original sponsor of the Dream Act in 2001, which did not pass but would have allowed undocumented students to pursue an education. He last month joined onto a Republican-led effort, known as the SUCCEED Act, that proposes rigorous vetting requirements for young immigrants to “earn the right to citizenship” over a 15-year period.
Meanwhile, Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, supports two other iterations — the BRIDGE Act and the ENLIST Act — that would offer temporary relief from deportation with “provisional protected presence” and work permits.