ICYMI: More than 200 University Presidents Call on Congressional Leadership to Pass Dreamer Legislation

Posted by FWD.us Press on 01/11/2018

Over 200 University Presidents from the non-partisan President’s Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, have released a letter today urging Congressional leadership to pass a bipartisan solution for Dreamers by January 19. In the letter, educational leaders write:

“We know Dreamers as our students and alumni, friends and family, neighbors and co-workers, and they are Americans in every respect but one. The vast majority of Americans support protecting Dreamers, including providing them a pathway to citizenship. Dreamers are bright, hardworking, entrepreneurial young people whose contributions are already strengthening our country through their work as teachers, nurses, doctors, business owners and service members in our nation’s military. Our nation would be poorer for their loss.”

Congress must pass legislative protections for Dreamers by January 19, allowing DHS sufficient time to implement any new program. It is absolutely critical that Congress takes action to prevent nearly 800,000 Dreamers from falling out of status, placing them at immediate risk of deportation, removal from the workforce, and separation from their families and the only country they call home.

Dear Speaker Ryan, Leader Pelosi, Majority Leader McConnell and Leader Schumer:

We write to you as leaders of a newly formed, non-partisan alliance of over 200 college and university presidents and chancellors from across the nation who have come together because we are concerned about how changes in our nation’s immigration policies and practices impact our students and campuses and the communities and states we serve.

On behalf of the Presidents’ Alliance, we urge you to come together to pass bipartisan legislation to protect the young immigrants known as Dreamers from deportation as soon as possible before January 19, 2018. Legislation is urgently needed as a result of the Administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program on September 5, 2017 with severe impacts after March 5, 2018.

We know Dreamers as our students and alumni, friends and family, neighbors and co-workers, and they are Americans in every respect but one. The vast majority of Americans support protecting Dreamers, including providing them a pathway to citizenship. Dreamers are bright, hardworking, entrepreneurial young people whose contributions are already strengthening our country through their work as teachers, nurses, doctors, business owners and service members in our nation’s military. Our nation would be poorer for their loss.

Today we call on you to pass bipartisan legislation that provides a narrowly tailored solution to address the urgent problem created by the rescission of DACA. Changes to immigration laws that more properly belong in a comprehensive immigration reform measure deserve more thoughtful deliberation, consideration and negotiation than are feasible in the rapidly closing window of time available to address this problem.

As leaders of institutions that play a vital role in unleashing human potential, strengthening and enriching local communities, and securing our nation’s well-being and prosperity, we take seriously our responsibility to address public policy issues that are inconsistent with our purposes and values as educational institutions, our commitment to our students, and our nation’s heritage as a land of opportunity for those who come to this country in search of a better life for themselves and their children.

We believe there is a moral imperative for you to come together to solve this problem now, by passing bipartisan legislation as soon as possible to protect Dreamers from deportation and allow them to serve our country as students, workers, and members of our military.

Sincerely,
Nancy Cantor
Chancellor
Rutgers University – Newark

Noelle E. Cockett
President
Utah State University

John J. DeGioia
President
Georgetown University

Dorothy J. Leland
Chancellor
University of California, Merced

David W. Oxtoby
President Emeritus
Pomona College

Eduardo J. Padrón
President
Miami Dade College

Timothy P. White
Chancellor
California State University

ICYMI: 115 CEOs Call on Congress to Pass Dreamer Legislation by January 19

Posted by FWD.us Press on 01/11/2018

Below is a release from the Coalition for the American Dream on an ad purchased by 115 major U.S. business leaders, urging Congress to pass legislation by January 19 that would protect Dreamers from deportation. In the letter, the business leaders urge lawmakers to “act immediately and pass a permanent bipartisan legislative solution to enable Dreamers who are currently living, working, and contributing to our communities to continue doing so.”

 

FWD.us is proud to co-sign this letter along with so many major companies and organizations. FWD.us President Todd Schulte said, “FWD.us is proud to partner with so many influential leaders in the business community to push Congress to pass crucial Dreamer legislation by January 19. We are closer than we have ever been to passing legislation to protect Dreamers permanently, but January is the last chance for Congress to take action before tens of thousands of Dreamers lose their ability to live, work, and contribute to the only country they know.”

 

Congress must pass legislative protections for Dreamers by January 19, allowing DHS sufficient time to implement any new program. While 14,000 DACA recipients have already lost their work authorizations and protections from deportation, that number continues at 122 individuals per day and will skyrocket to 1,200 per day losing protections after March 5. It is absolutely critical that Congress takes action to prevent hundreds of thousands of Dreamers from falling out of status, placing them at immediate risk of deportation, removal from the workforce, and separation from their families.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Brian Walsh, brian@rokksolutions.com
January 11, 2018
Over 115 Top Industry Leaders From Every Sector of the
Economy Sign Open Letter to Congress in Support of Dreamers
Leading Businesses, Trade Associations & Other Organizations Run Full-Page Ads in Wall Street Journal & New York Times in Support of Permanent Legislative Solution by 1/19
WASHINGTON DC – With a deadline for Congress to pass legislation protecting Dreamers rapidly approaching, leaders from over 115 top businesses, trade associations and other organizations today released an open letter to Congressional leaders in the form of full-page ads published in both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal calling on Congress to act before January 19th.

Among those who signed the letter are some of the most recognizable names in American business and they collectively represent nearly every industry supporting the American economy. The text of the letter is below and you can see a copy of the full-page newspaper advertisements, including a complete list of signees, by clicking here.

We write to urge Congress to act immediately and pass a permanent bipartisan
legislative solution to enable Dreamers who are currently living, working, and
contributing to our communities to continue doing so. The imminent termination of
the DACA program is creating an impending crisis for workforces across the country.

It is critical that Congress act to pass legislation before January 19th. This window of
action leaves only 45 days for implementation prior to March 5th. As a bipartisan
group of former DHS secretaries recently wrote, it will take time for the agency to
implement any program outlined by Congress, underscoring the absolute urgency of
the January 19th deadline. In addition to causing a tremendous upheaval in the lives of
DACA employees, failure to act in time will lead to businesses losing valuable talent,
cause disruptions in the workforce, and will result in significant costs.

Studies by economists across the ideological spectrum have also determined that if
Congress fails to act our economy could lose $215 billion in GDP.

We have seen time and again that the overwhelming majority of the American public
of all political backgrounds agrees that we should protect Dreamers from deportation.

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While delay or inaction will cause significant negative impact to businesses, hundreds
of thousands of deserving young people across the country are counting on you to
work in a bipartisan way to pass permanent legislative protection for Dreamers
without further delay.

For any additional information please visit: coalitionfortheamericandream.us

FWD.us Statement on White House Immigration Meeting Between President Trump and Members of Congress

Posted by FWD.us Press on 01/09/2018

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement after today’s immigration meeting at the White House between President Trump and Members of Congress:

“The meeting at the White House makes it absolutely clear that not only must Congress pass legislation now to protect Dreamers, paired with increased sensible border security, but that President Trump would support this deal. The time is in the next 10 days. Let’s do this right now.

“Three former Secretaries of Homeland Security, Secretaries Chertoff, Napolitano, and Johnson, wrote a letter last week urging Congress to act by January 19th, highlighting how much time it would take for DHS to implement a plan from Congress. There is no reason to delay, and the cost of inaction is Dreamers getting deported. Congress should come together and get this done now.”

FWD.us Statement on New Bipartisan Legislation and Momentum to Protect Dreamers

Posted by FWD.us Press on 01/08/2018

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement today on reports of new bipartisan legislation that creates an earned pathway to citizenship for Dreamers:

“We are very encouraged to see reports that Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) and Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA) are working together across party lines on legislation to allow Dreamers to stay permanently in the only country they know as home while enhancing border security. This good-faith bipartisan effort and momentum is absolutely critical, and we want to thank the two of them and all those working with them on both sides of the aisle. It also will provide much-needed assurance to hundreds of thousands of Dreamers and their families who are anxiously awaiting the certainty they desperately deserve. After a decade of substantial border security investments that have helped dramatically reduce border apprehensions to the lowest levels in modern history, this bill would build on that progress by deploying enhanced resources and technology to further these efforts.”

January is our last chance to get this done before huge numbers of Dreamers lose their ability to live, work, and contribute to the only country they know as home. 85% of Americans and 79% of Republicans want Congress to protect Dreamers. We urge every single member of Congress to demand a vote on bipartisan legislation to protect Dreamers before January 19th.”