FWD.us Statement on Arrest of DACA Recipient Daniel Medina

Posted by FWD.us on 02/14/2017

Tonight, FWD.us President Todd Schulte released the following statement following the arrest of DACA recipient Daniel Medina in Seattle:

DACA recipient Daniel Ramirez Medina’s arrest shows the urgent need for clear enforcement priorities, and for keeping in place critical DACA protections. We urge immediate clarity through the requested judicial action so Daniel can return home to his 3 year-old son, and to ensure that incidents like this do not happen in Seattle or anywhere else in the country going forward.

Background

DACA – the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program – allows 750,000 Dreamers to live and work legally without fear of deportation in the United States. To receive DACA, these 750,000 undocumented youth registered with the government, passed a background check (including fingerprinting), and met certain educational and residency requirements. Not only does the DACA program benefit our country by allowing these Dreamers to fully contribute to our economy, but it improves public safety by allowing law enforcement to focus their limited time and enforcement resources on true public safety threats.

Statement on Immigration Executive Orders

Posted by FWD.us on 01/25/2017

WASHINGTON – Following the executive orders on immigration yesterday, FWD.us President Todd Schulte released the following statement:

“Those individuals living here illegally who commit serious, violent crimes should be deported, but that can only be done if ICE prioritizes those individuals. Unfortunately, this order sets the stage for a large-scale ramp up in deportations by no longer distinguishing between dangerous felons and an undocumented mother working to provide for her U.S. citizen children. Diverting resources away from violent criminals would make us less safe and break apart families by removing from our country some of best and brightest workers, students and members of every community.”

New Path for International Entrepreneurs Will Create American Jobs

Posted by FWD.us on 01/17/2017

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced their final version of their International Entrepreneurship Rule, which will allow the brightest entrepreneurs from across the globe to grow their companies and innovate in the U.S. to boost the American economy.

FWD.us President Todd Schulte released the following statement on the final rule:

“We applaud the White House’s announcement of the final International Entrepreneurship Rule, a vital effort to ensure that the best and the brightest foreign-born entrepreneurs can more easily grow the companies that will create American jobs here in the U.S. while expanding our economy. In the global race for talent, the IER will help encourage innovators to bring their skills, new ideas, and expertise to our nation, rather than putting their talents to work for our competitors abroad.

“We know that countless hours of work went into the release of this final rule, and we are grateful to the many individuals – both in the Obama Administration and the members of the tech and business communities who made their voices heard – who helped make today’s announcement possible. We’ll continue to work to find solutions to our badly broken and outdated immigration system so that the U.S. can remain a hub for job creators who want to grow the American economy.”

Timely Reintroduction of BRIDGE Act Protects Hardworking Young Dreamers

Posted by FWD.us on 01/12/2017

WASHINGTON – Following the reintroduction of the BRIDGE Act by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Representatives Mike Coffman (CO-6) and Luis Gutierrez (IL-4) of the companion legislation in the House, which would provide a legislative solution for 750,000 Dreamers who have already earned work permits and temporary relief from deportation via DACA, FWD.us President Todd Schulte released the following statement:

“The reintroduction of the BRIDGE Act represents a step forward to finding a solution that would protect hardworking young Dreamers from the fear of deportation, ensuring they could continue to work here and contribute to our communities and our economy in the only country most have ever known as home. This legislation creates a clean pathway for the approximately 750,000 DACA recipients to continue providing for their families and building their futures. Without action from Congress, these hardworking young individuals could be deported – uprooting their lives and harming their communities. We strongly encourage members of Congress in both parties to support this vital legislation right away.

“Thank you to the original cosponsors of the BRIDGE Act, including U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Kamala Harris (D-CA).”

Background

The DACA program has unlocked countless economic opportunities for roughly 750,000 young people, 700,000 of whom are in the workforce and paying income taxes. In addition to getting a job, DACA allows young immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, get health insurance, access basic health services, open bank accounts, pay taxes, enroll in college, take out mortgages and car loans, and provide for their families. Losing DACA would rip away these basic necessities from young immigrants who are integrated into American society, and would be a tremendous loss for these individuals, their families, and their communities. DACA has allowed Dreamers to work in every industry and at nearly every single major company in America.

 

Removing 700,000 people from the workforce in a single day would cost $433.4 billion in GDP loss over a decade. Other consequences include:

 

  • Six percent of DACA recipients have also launched businesses that employ native-born American citizens. Without work authorization, those businesses would be forced to shutter, sending American workers to the unemployment rolls, and halting tax and economic contributions.

  • Consumer purchasing power would shrink drastically. Almost 55 percent of DACA recipients have purchased a vehicle, and more than one in ten — or 12 percent — have purchased their first home. 750,000 American residents would no longer be able to pay taxes or pay back loans for mortgages, cars, and higher education.

  • DACA repeal would divert limited enforcement resources from high security threats. DACA recipients have undergone biometric and biographical criminal background checks. Not only would a repeal drive 750,000 immigrants who have passed thorough background checks and are registered with the government back into the shadows, but it would waste enforcement resources.