FWD.us Statement on Failure of Immigration Legislation H.R. 6136 and Need For Bipartisan Process

Posted by FWD.us Press on 06/27/2018

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement today after H.R. 6136, the Republican-only proposal offered by House Republican Leadership, failed in the U.S. House of Representatives:

“Today’s vote makes it absolutely clear – once again – that the ONLY path forward to protecting Dreamers is a bipartisan process that leads to votes on bipartisan legislation. We opposed this bill today. While it contained some good elements, it came with harmful cuts to legal immigration levels and allowed the indefinite detention of children and families – and we opposed it because it abandoned a bipartisan process that is absolutely required to get legislation signed into law.

“We strongly urge any lawmaker serious about protecting Dreamers to immediately commit to a bipartisan process and bipartisan legislation such as ‘Hurd-Aguilar.’ With DACA at risk of being eliminated in the weeks to come, passing legislation to permanently protect Dreamers could not be more urgent.”

FWD.us Statement on SCOTUS’ Travel Ban Decision

Posted by FWD.us Press on 06/26/2018

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement today after the Supreme Court issued a decision to uphold President Trump’s travel ban:

“During his campaign, then-candidate Trump advocated for a religious test for people to come to this country, repeatedly calling for a ‘total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.’ He said this over and over and over again – including in his signature statement entitled ‘Preventing Muslim Immigration.’ The travel ban is the policy manifestation of these words, and words matter, particularly when they come from the President of the United States. We are deeply disappointed by today’s decision.

“Assaulting basic freedoms and rights by attacking marginalized groups and stoking fear is not new in our history. It is as wrong today as it has always been. While those under attack may change, such discrimination goes against the very core of a country founded on a belief in religious and personal liberty. We will continue to fight against efforts to discriminate against and demonize people based on where they are from or how they worship.”

FWD.us Statement on the Continued Need for Pretrial Reform in New York

Posted by FWD.us Press on 06/21/2018

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement today as the New York State Legislative Session ended without passage of meaningful pretrial reform:

“We are deeply disappointed that New York State lawmakers failed to enact meaningful bail, discovery, or speedy trial reform during this legislative session. Overwhelming public support for bold bail reform and advocacy from Members of Congress, business leaders, NFL players and team owners, entertainers, and advocates created incredible momentum and energy behind this issue. Our work is not done, and FWD.us will continue to collaborate with incredible partners across the state to reform New York’s broken pretrial justice system.

“We do recognize and thank the Assembly for its leadership in passing bail, speedy trial, and discovery reform bills which would go a long way in fixing New York’s broken pretrial system. If Albany had signed Assemblymember Latrice Walker’s Bail Reform Bill (10137A) into law, New York would lead the nation in the movement to end money bail. Assemblymember Joseph Lentol’s Discovery Reform Bill (A4360A) provides New Yorkers accused of crimes with more transparent and automatic access to the information they need to make fair, informed decisions about whether to plead guilty or go to trial. Kalief’s Law, sponsored by Assemblymember Jeffrion Aubry and passed by the Assembly for the third time, is another important step in bringing New Yorkers to trial faster.

“Even after these historic passages in the Assembly, the New York legislature again let pretrial reform fall off the table this session. We know that bipartisanship on criminal justice reform is possible, as evidenced by Republican Senator John DeFrancisco’s bill to promote prosecutor accountability which passed through both chambers this week. We urge Governor Cuomo to sign that important legislation into law immediately and hope this small step forward provides a catalyst for larger reforms in the future.”

FWD.us Statement on the Defeat of H.R. 4760

Posted by FWD.us Press on 06/21/2018

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement today after the House rejected the Secure America’s Future Act:

“The failure of the Secure America’s Future (SAF) Act is a resounding rejection of the anti-immigrant policies promoted by groups like NumbersUSA, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and others who support similar legislation. Their efforts have failed to secure majorities in either body of Congress after decades of trying. As recent polling showing that only 17% of Americans want legal immigration cut and today has made clear, the American public has no appetite for policies that would slash legal immigration by almost 50%, fail to provide a permanent solution for Dreamers, and criminalize immigrants that have lived in the U.S. for decades, let alone correct the manufactured crisis unfolding along our southern border.

“To fix our immigration system, Congress must work in a bipartisan fashion. They must push aside the restrictionist-supported anti-immigrant groups that advocate for legislation like the SAF Act and listen to the overwhelming majority of Americans who believe immigrants are good for our country. The American public wants lawmakers to not only provide an earned path to citizenship for Dreamers, but for their families, and to create a fairer system that allows current and future immigrants to contribute to our country.”