Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock Joins DACA Recipients, Business Leaders to Call for Permanent Protections for Dreamers

Posted by FWD.us Press on 02/27/2018

DENVER, CO – Today, Mayor of Denver Michael B. Hancock joined local business leaders from Webolutions and Istonish, as well as two Denver-area DACA recipients, to call for a narrow, permanent legislative solution to protect Dreamers from deportation.

“Our Dreamers are being held hostage by an administration and congress that is unwilling to see them as anything but bargaining chips. Enough. This is an opportunity to come to the table for an open discussion that is critical to protecting these individuals, and Congress needs to pass a smart, bipartisan legislative solution for Dreamers now,” said Mayor of Denver Michael B. Hancock.

The press conference, hosted by FWD.us, comes just days before March 5, the deadline that President Trump gave to Congress to pass a legislative solution to protect Dreamers. At the event, speakers representing Colorado’s robust business community called for Congress to take immediate action before nearly 800,000 Dreamers lose their work authorization and become priorities for deportation to countries they barely remember.

Speakers at today’s press conference included:
Michael B. Hancock, Mayor, City of Denver
John Brackney, Director of Public Policy & Community Engagement, Webolutions
Steven Brier, Vice President of Marketing, Istonish
Brandon Garcia, Dreamer; Merchandising Representative, Samsung Affiliate
Shiyan Zhang, Dreamer; Student, CU Boulder
Andrew Moriarty, Deputy Director of Organizing, FWD.us

The overwhelming majority of Americans support protecting Dreamers because they understand that they make meaningful contributions to the wellbeing of the social and economic fabric of our nation. Dreamers are parents and students, engineers, nurses, and entrepreneurs in all 50 states. Colorado alone is home to 17,300 Dreamers and stands to lose $856.9 million in annual GDP if these hardworking individuals are torn from their families and ripped away from the workforce.

Additional quotes from today’s press conference:

“Americans have now come to the overwhelming super majority that we must do the right thing for the kids and young men and women in the DACA program and Dreamers generally. They must live with a valid legal status at a minimum, preferably with a pathway to citizenship. It is fundamentally unjust to leave these people in a state of uncertainty. Period. Deportation is impractical, but more important it would be cruel. Congress must act to fix a completely broken immigration system, for America’s economic prosperity and more importantly for a fundamental sense of justice,” said John Brackney, director of public policy and community engagement at Webolutions. Brackey is the former Arapahoe County Commissioner (R), CEO of the South Metro Denver Chamber and Colorado Army National Guard Officer.

“In a tight labor market like we have in Colorado, we need all the talent that we can get. At Istonish, we regularly employ DACA recipients because of their strong work ethic, education level and multilingual capabilities,” said Steven Bier, Vice President of Marketing at Istonish.

“The uncertainty that my family faces is not unique to just us. Thousands of families in Colorado are faced with the fear of being separated from their loved ones. My daughter is a U.S. citizen and it is not fair for her not to have me here by her side,” said Brandon Garcia, a merchandising representative for a Samsung affiliate and a DACA recipient.

“If Congress does not pass a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers, we will not only lose our jobs, but our hopes of pursuing the American Dream will die as we become targets for deportation from the only country we call home. I ask lawmakers to act urgently and pass protections so that Dreamers, like myself, can continue doing our jobs and contributing to our communities,” said Shiyan Zhang, a Dreamer and student at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

“We are committed to fighting for a permanent legislative solution to ensure that these young people can continue to live, work, and contribute to communities across the United States without the daily fear of deportation. Dreamers are students and parents, teachers, nurses, and engineers. They are doing their jobs every day in the face of this urgent crisis. It is time for Congress to step up and do theirs. Our nation — and these Dreamers — deserve better. We are now just days away from the March 5t deadline. No bill will be perfect, but inaction in the face of this crisis is unacceptable. Congress must act now,” said Andrew Moriarty, Deputy Director of Organizing at FWD.us.

FWD.us Statement on the Supreme Court decision to not rule on DACA

Posted by FWD.us Press on 02/26/2018

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement on the Supreme Court decision to not rule on DACA:

“The Supreme Court decision not to rule on the legal challenge to DACA is welcome news, because it means that more current DACA recipients will be able to apply to renew their work authorizations and protections from deportation. This decision, however, doesn’t change the uncertainty and fear for millions of Dreamers, their families, coworkers, and communities – all of whom need Congress to pass a permanent legislative solution to protect Dreamers.

“There continue to be strong, bipartisan bills in both chambers of Congress that would protect Dreamers and sensibly increase border security. The President should embrace these bipartisan proposals and urge Congress to pass them immediately. We are one week away from the March 5th deadline set by the President for Congress to act. Dreamers need Members of Congress to do their jobs and work together to get this done.”

FWD.us Statement on the Immigration Amendments Voted on Today by the United States Senate

Posted by FWD.us Press on 02/15/2018

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement on the Senate immigration amendments voted on today:

“Tonight, 800,000 Dreamers and their families will go home to more chaos, confusion, and fear because our lawmakers failed to protect them.”

“We are extremely disappointed that the Senate failed to pass bipartisan legislation to protect Dreamers and implement sensible border security measures. Senators had a unique opportunity to pass bipartisan legislation this week to give millions of hardworking young people the ability to permanently live and work legally in the country that is their home — something the overwhelming majority of Americans support, including 76% of Republicans. They failed to get the job done. We are thankful for the 46 Democrats and 8 Republicans who voted for the ‘Rounds-King’ amendment that would have given permanent status to nearly two million Dreamers who are Americans in every single way but paperwork. While we are encouraged to see a majority of Senators support two bipartisan proposals to protect Dreamers today, ultimately, these efforts failed to get the support needed to pass.

“What we also saw today was an overwhelming rejection — with 39 ‘yes’ votes and 60 ‘no’ votes — of efforts to radically slash legal immigration levels put forward by the White House. What was made abundantly clear is that efforts to slash legal immigration cannot and will not pass the United States Senate. A bipartisan approach without this is the only path forward.

“For months, President Trump has repeatedly said that Dreamers have nothing to worry about, but 800,000 Dreamers like Leezia, Maria, Lalo, and Pamela will go to bed tonight more uncertain than ever about their futures in the only country they know as home. They deserve better than to go through life counting down until the day when they will be expelled from the country that is their home, and to a country they may never remember. We are committed to fighting for a permanent legislative solution to ensure that these young people can continue to live, work, and contribute to communities across the United States without the daily fear of deportation. Our nation — and these Dreamers — deserve better.”

FWD.us announces first KEY VOTE on the "Rounds-King" bill in 5 years

Posted by FWD.us Press on 02/15/2018

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us has announced a Key Vote today, urging a “YES” vote on “The Immigration Security and Opportunity Act,” S.A. 1958 (Rounds-King).

The Immigration Security and Opportunity Act, S.A. 1958, introduced by Senators Rounds (R-SD) and King (I-ME) is a bipartisan compromise that will resolve an urgent crisis for Dreamers.

FWD.us is strongly urging every United States Senator who wants a solution to protect Dreamers to support this amendment:

“This legislation would provide nearly 2 million Dreamers with the permanent ability to live and work in this country without the daily fear of deportation. It would allow them to eventually earn citizenship. It would allow nearly 2 million young people who are Americans in every way but paperwork to live their lives in very regular and very extraordinary ways. Dreamers do not deserve to go through life spending their days counting down until the day when they will be expelled from the country that is their home, and to a country they may not remember. This amendment is a serious, meaningful compromise and this is a vote that will be remembered for years to come.”