Statement on Re-Introduction of Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act

Posted by FWD.us on 01/11/2017

FWD.US STATEMENT ON NEW LEGISLATION TO AMEND THE PER-COUNTRY CAP ON EMPLOYMENT-BASED AND FAMILY-SPONSORED VISAS

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte released the following statement today after Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) re-introduced H.R. 392, the Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act. The legislation would eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants, and increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigration:

“We commend Congressman Jason Chaffetz for introducing a bill that would help the United States remain globally competitive by reducing decades-long wait times for skilled workers from certain countries stuck in the green card backlog. Under the current system, no more than 7 percent of employment-based green cards are conferred to highly-skilled workers from any one country. The proposed bill would make it possible for the United States to continue attracting the best and the brightest scientists, engineers, architects and researchers without discriminating against applicants because of where they were born. H.R. 392 is a sensible step toward building a targeted high-skilled immigration system that will help us win the global race for talent, create millions of American jobs and boost wages for the middle class in the 21st century economy.”

 

FWD.us Statement on BRIDGE Act Introduction

Posted by FWD.us on 12/09/2016

WASHINGTON – Following the introduction of the BRIDGE Act by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), which provides a clean, legislative solution for 750,000 Dreamers who earned work permits and temporary relief from deportation, FWD.us President Todd Schulte released the following statement.

“We’re encouraged to see Congress moving closer to a solution that would avoid removing long overdue protections for young undocumented immigrants – often called Dreamers – who came to America as children. The bill provides a clean pathway for roughly 750,000 young people to keep living and working in the United States. If passed, we would keep teachers in schools, nurses in emergency rooms, and an important workforce contributing to our economy. Without Congressional action, it’s likely these young people, who have known no other home, would be deported to a country that is unfamiliar to them. This is the right thing to do economically and morally and we hope members in both parties will support this critical legislation.”

Background
The 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.

FWD.US STATEMENT ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM BALLOT MEASURES IN CALIFORNIA & OKLAHOMA

Posted on 11/08/2016

“We’re proud to have partnered with broad bipartisan coalitions to help pass major criminal justice ballot measures in California and Oklahoma.”

“These victories show that criminal justice reform isn’t a partisan issue; voters in both ‘red’ and ‘blue’ states are embracing more balanced public safety strategies.”   

“California’s Prop 57 will make communities safer by supporting evidence-based rehabilitation programs, enabling the state parole board to determine which inmates can safely be released, and requiring a judge’s approval before kids can be prosecuted as adults.”

“Oklahoma State Questions 780 and 781 will reduce crime by supporting community-based rehabilitation programs, while locking up fewer Oklahomans for minor offenses like drug possession.”

“California and Oklahoma voters showed that bipartisan momentum for criminal justice reform is building around the country; federal and state lawmakers should heed this message in 2017.”

Key Points: Historic Latino Vote Margin & Exit Polls

Posted on 11/08/2016

Key points thus far on the Historic Latino Vote Margin and the Exit Polls
 
1) When discussing the Latino vote, it’s critical to use the tested and accurate Latino Decisions data, which finds only 18 percent of Latinos support Trump, an all time low for a GOP candidate. (More info below on why this is trusted methodology). 
LATINO VOTE IN 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION (Latino Decisions)
Clinton: 79 percent 
Trump: 18 percent 
Other: 3 percent
Remember: President Bush got 44% of Latinos in 2004. Since that time, the vote share has gone UP 70% and Trump’s vote share has gone DOWN by 60%.
2) Among Latino voters polled, immigration was THE most important issue in every single state polled according to Latino Decisions
3) Exit polling confirms that after 16 months of attacks, support for a pathway to citizenship remains at an all-time high of 71%.
Below is our memo that is filled with talking points.
More on why Latino Decisions methodology is key:
Latino Decisions, the most trusted expert on Hispanic polling, has consistently shown Clinton far ahead of Trump all year using a rock-solid, representative, bilingual methodology.  Their just released exit poll shows that those polling results carried over until election day.

In recent years, it has become clear that exit polls — especially early exit polls shared by the networks — are flawed predictors of turnout and vote share of the candidates.  This is especially true with harder-to-reach minority populations.

The Latino vote is subject to especially high volatility due to language barriers and the difficult of interviewing that population.  During the entire campaign cycle there was a huge amount of variability on the Latino vote and much of it was wrong because of a lack of bilingual interviewing or care in sampling newer immigrant populations.  Frankly, many pollsters just got the Latino data wrong throughout the cycle by using a poor methodology.

Ultimately, there will be disagreement about Latino turnout and vote share.  We urge caution in interpreting the results and waiting for facts and methodologically rigorous data like the Latino Decisions exits before drawing conclusions.  We believe it will support a historic victory for Clinton among Latinos and a complete rejection of Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda.