Statement from FWD.us President Todd Schulte on the RAISE Act

Posted by FWD.us Press on 08/02/2017

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement today on the introduction of the RAISE Act:

“This bill slashes overall legal immigration by 50% – the biggest reductions in a century – which would severely harm the economy and actually depress wages for Americans.

In the past, President Trump has always been correct when he repeatedly said he does NOT want to cut legal immigration. Not only do immigrants help grow the economy overall, but immigrants drive up wages for the overwhelming majority of Americans, and significantly so in areas and industries with more immigrants, where wage growth has outpaced the country overall.

We call on Congress to fix those parts of our broken immigration system that clearly need reform – but we should create a modern legal visa system for the 21st century, not enact the largest cuts to legal immigration in modern history.”

Support for Dreamers Continues to Build as House Introduces American Hope Act

Posted by FWD.us Press on 07/28/2017

WASHINGTON, DC —  FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement on the American Hope Act, which was introduced in the House today by Congressman Luis Gutiérrez:

“We applaud Congressman Gutiérrez for his tireless advocacy for immigrants and for reforming our broken immigration system. The introduction of the American Hope Act builds on the important progress being made by members on both sides of the aisle to protect Dreamers, hardworking young people who are already living, working, and contributing to our country. The threat of a DACA repeal is imminent, and the consequences for Dreamers and all Americans are clear: either this vital program is kept in place or a Dream Act is signed into law, or nearly 800,000 young people would lose their jobs immediately and be subject to immediate deportation. Beyond the moral imperative to protect Dreamers, the American economy would lose more than $433 billion over the next decade if we kick out these hard working young people. We urge every member of Congress to make clear that they stand with Dreamers by cosponsoring legislation that protects these hardworking young individuals.”

POLLING RECENTLY RELEASED 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 garnering 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.

Bipartisan Support for Dreamers Continues to Build as House Introduces Dream Act

Posted by FWD.us Press on 07/27/2017

Bipartisan Support for Dreamers Continues to Build as House Introduces Dream Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, FWD.us President Todd Schulte released the following statement on the introduction of a bipartisan DREAM Act in the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, 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 Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard for introducing legislation to allow Dreamers who are already contributing to their communities to continue to live and work in the US. This bill builds on the important progress made by the Senate’s bipartisan Dream Act, which was introduced in the Senate last week, and the RAC Act. Americans across the country overwhelmingly support allowing Dreamers, who came to this continue as children and can go through an application process that includes a background check, to live and work in the United States. The threat of a DACA repeal is real and consequences for Dreamers are clear: either DACA remains in place or there is a Dream Act signed into law, otherwise the result is that nearly 800,000 young people would lose their jobs immediately and be subject to immediate deportation. Every member of Congress who stands with Dreamers should cosponsor legislation that protects these vulnerable young people.”

POLLING RECENTLY RELEASED 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.

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.