FWD.us Issues Vote Recommendations In Support of Rounds-King and McCain-Coons Bipartisan Amendments

Posted by FWD.us Press on 02/14/2018

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us issued recommendations today for a “YES” vote on S.A. 1958 (Rounds-King) and S.A. 1955 (McCain-Coons), all bipartisan immigration amendments.

Senator Mike Rounds (R-ND) and Senator Angus King (I-ME) introduced S.A. 1958, the Immigration Security and Opportunity Act, which would provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers while investing in physical barriers, border technology and tactical infrastructure to further secure the border. Co-sponsors include Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Angus King (I-ME), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Chris Coons (D-DE), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Mark Warner (D-VA).

FWD.us also encourages a “YES” vote on S.A. 1955, introduced by Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE). This bipartisan amendment pairs a a permanent path to citizenship for Dreamers with sensible improvements to border security, including strengthening the requirements for border security technology.

FWD.us is also thankful for the bipartisan hardwork and legislative solution put forward by Senators Gardner and Bennett, although it appears this will not receive a vote.

We are thankful to lawmakers for their dedication and hard work to reach across the aisle and work toward a bipartisan compromise. While there are certain provisions of these amendments that we do not support, and expect this is true of people on both sides of the aisle, we believe compromise is necessary in this moment.

The American public overwhelmingly supports giving Dreamers the chance to stay in the United States permanently, including 86% of all Americans and 76% of Republicans. For lawmakers, the choice is crystal clear: They can either vote to protect America’s Dreamers and increase border security, or they can choose to subject people to deportation from the country that is their home. It is time for Congress to take action and fix this crisis.

FWD.us strongly urges a “YES” vote on the bipartisan immigration amendments, S.A. 1958 (Rounds-King) and S.A. 1955 (McCain-Coons).

ICYMI - Cuts to legal immigration unpopular among Republican senators

Posted by FWD.us Press on 02/14/2018

Cuts to legal immigration levels are unpopular with Republican senators, including among several who are sponsoring the Secure and Succeed Act, a proposal that would make drastic cuts to family-based immigration.

The bill makes substantial cuts to legal immigration levels, eliminating several family sponsorship categories for U.S. citizens and denying American families the opportunity to reunite with their loving parents and children. It is sponsored by Republican Sens. James Lankford (OK), Chuck Grassley (IA), Thom Tillis (NC), David Perdue (GA), Tom Cotton (AR), Joni Ernst (IA), and Majority Whip John Cornyn (TX).

In an interview with Vox, several Republican senators raised concerns that reducing immigration levels will hurt economic growth, hinder job creation and keep families separated.

Below is a sampling of quotes from Republican senators who interviewed with Vox, including several who have lined up behind the Secure and Succeed Act:

Senator James Inhofe (R-OK): “I don’t like cuts to legal immigration. I have been the speaker at naturalization ceremonies, and there is nothing more heartwarming than to see people who are learning the language, learning the history, and doing all that, and I have always been a real supporter of encouraging that.”

Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD): “I am one of them who believes that legal immigration is important. Even if we want to maintain our current population, we have to have legal immigration. I really am more interested in finding a way to shorten the lines and to find a way to give the people who are legally in line the opportunity to migrate.”

Senator James Lankford (R-OK): “I’m open to keeping the [legal immigration] numbers as it is. … Let me put it this way: I am fine leaving the numbers where they are, for me personally.”

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX): “I don’t know what the appropriate level is of legal immigration. I think there’s two parts of that; we ought to look at more merit-based immigration. We will always have family-based immigration policy, and indeed, we provide for the nuclear family, but we ought to also look at people with skills and education and talents that we need in our country, and so this is the beginning of that conversation.”

FWD.us Statement on New Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Dreamers, Strengthen Border Security

Posted by FWD.us Press on 02/14/2018

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement today on new bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), and other bipartisan movement:

“We are encouraged by the bipartisan amendments and momentum — like the proposal by Senators Gardner and Bennet — in the Senate to protect Dreamers and increase border security – without harmful cuts to legal immigration. We thank these lawmakers and hope lawmakers on both sides of the aisle will continue these productive efforts. No bill will be perfect, but inaction is not an option. Each day that passes is one day closer to March 5th, and one day closer to deporting young people to countries they barely know. Dreamers need Congress to do their jobs and work together to get this done.”

FWD.us Statement on Secure and Succeed Act

Posted by FWD.us Press on 02/12/2018

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement today in response to the introduction of the Secure and Succeed Act:

“Providing a pathway for Dreamers to earn citizenship is vital, but the Secure and Succeed Act takes the wrong approach. This legislation cuts American legal immigration levels by nearly 50% over the long term — the biggest cuts in nearly a century — and is designed to substantially increase deportations at a time when arrests of undocumented individuals without a prior criminal record nearly tripled last year.

Congress has the opportunity to make substantial increases in border security funding, and should take the opportunity to do so without making large-scale and harmful cuts to legal immigration levels. Dreamers are teachers, nurses, and engineers, and 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. 86% of Americans are behind them; inaction is not an option.

FWD.us opposes the Secure and Succeed Act.”