Dreamers Across the Country Volunteer in Their Local Communities Ahead of Thanksgiving Holiday

Posted by FWD.us Press on 11/20/2017

WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Dreamers across the country are volunteering in their local communities leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, engaging in service to their neighbors. Service opportunities Dreamers have led or will be leading include those such as Denver, Colorado’s annual Feed-A-Family event, working at the Cabrini Immigrant Services Food Pantry in New York, and participating in the Dreamers Give Back: A Service & Advocacy event in Auburn, California.

At the very same time that Dreamers are serving their communities, they face an urgent deadline waiting for Members of Congress to pass a permanent legislative solution that would protect them from deportation, being ripped out of the American workforce and separated from their families. Members will leave for the remainder of the year in only three weeks, and the threat to nearly 800,000 hardworking Dreamers is growing by the day.

An overwhelming majority of the American public continues to demonstrate unwavering support for protecting Dreamers, most of whom have known no other country as home, and dozens of congressional Republicans have made renewed calls on their colleagues to act in recent days.

Highlights of several ongoing service events are included below:

Denver Feed-A-Family Event

DENVER, CO: On Saturday, November 18, in partnership with CUDreamers, 30 Dreamers and allies of the Denver immigrant community volunteered at the Epworth Foundation’s annual Feed-A-Family event, where they helped package 6,500 boxes of food which will be distributed to families in need.

 

Dreamers Give Back with Cabrini Immigrant Food Services Food Pantry

 

NEW YORK, NY: On Monday, November 20, Dreamers volunteered at Cabrini Immigration Services Food Pantry, which serves over 700 families from the neighborhood each month, to help organize their weekly food pantry for their neighbors in need.

 

Dreamers Give Back: A Service & Advocacy Event

AUBURN, CA: On Monday, November 20, California Dreamers will sponsor a service and advocacy postcard writing at Crooked Lane Brewing Company, where volunteers will be assembling care packets for the homeless and low-income families. Community members will also participate by writing postcards to their Member of Congress, calling for passage of the Dream Act by the end of this year.

 

We are thankful for Dreamers who have dedicated so much to helping others and giving back to the country during events this week. Their meaningful contributions have left positive impacts on local communities across the nation.

More Than 100 Business Leaders, Dreamers Meet with Members of Congress to Push For Swift Passage of Dream Act

Posted by FWD.us Press on 11/17/2017

Dreamers from 40 companies – including IBM, LinkedIn, Microsoft – call for permanent legislative solution this year

WASHINGTON, DC – This week, more than 100 business leaders and Dreamers flew to Washington, DC, to meet with Members of Congress and highlight the urgent need to pass the Dream Act before the end of the year. Participants included employees from 40 companies across the country, including IBM, LinkedIn, and Microsoft.

The more than 100 Dreamers and business leaders in attendance came from a diverse range of backgrounds representing 17 states, including Arkansas, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, and California.

Highlights of the fly-in included:
  • FWD.us President Todd Schulte and Dreamer Diego Quiñones, an entrepreneur who runs a pallet shipment company in Arkansas, speaking about the urgent need for Congress to pass a Dream Act in 2017, live from the U.S. Capitol.

Dreamers are economic multipliers who help drive the U.S. economy forward, helping to grow the American tax base and strengthening our middle class. Kicking Dreamers out of the workforce will result in more than $460 billion in lost GDP over the next decade, a devastating blow to our economy. In contrast, estimates show that passing a Dream Act that creates an earned pathway to citizenship for Dreamers could add as much as $1 trillion to the national GDP over a decade.

Business Leaders to Visit Capitol Hill to Ask Lawmakers to Pass a Permanent Solution for Dreamers Before Year-End

Posted on 11/15/2017

Companies from across the country to join fly-in to highlight positive impact of Dreamers on American businesses and the U.S. economy

WASHINGTON, DC – This week executives from some of the largest companies in the nation will travel to Washington with their Dreamer employees to urge lawmakers to pass legislation that would permanently shield Dreamers from deportation. Among the nearly 100 participants who attended, companies represented include Microsoft, IBM and LinkedIn, among others.

Nearly 100 business leaders and Dreamers will meet with Members of Congress and staff to highlight the positive impact Dreamers have on businesses and the U.S. economy. With their work permits, the majority of America’s Dreamers have become gainfully employed – many at several major companies in America – and they help grow the American tax base by paying billions of dollars in federal, state and local taxes. Roughly 6% are entrepreneurs who have launched businesses and employ U.S. citizen workers.

A new study released this week by FWD.us found that if a Dream Act is not passed and implemented by March 5, nearly 300,000 DACA recipients, 1,700 per business day, will be removed from the workforce between March 6th and November 6th. Kicking Dreamers out of the workforce will result in more than $460 billion in lost GDP over the next decade, a devastating blow to our economy. In contrast, new estimates show that passing a Dream Act that creates an earned pathway to citizenship for Dreamers could add as much as $1 trillion to the national GDP over a decade.

Dreamers will also participate in a press conference hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and key business leaders have urged Congress to pass a legislative solution for Dreamers this year.

“The clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of people who have become an integral part of our communities and economy,” said Neil Bradley, senior vice president and chief policy officer for the U.S. Chamber. “A failure to achieve a meaningful solution for DACA would have a negative impact on our economy and our society. It is unthinkable for a nation of immigrants to fail to address this crisis before these hardworking people are forced out their jobs, schools, and communities.”

“Every day Dreamers make positive contributions to our company and our economy,” said IBM Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Christopher Padilla. “We have over 30 Dreamers who work at IBM, and I’ve had the chance to meet many of them over the past couple weeks when they’ve come to DC to share their stories directly with Members of Congress. They work in fields ranging from software development to sales to technical support, and one IBM Dreamer recently worked around-the-clock remote shifts to keep our Cloud support operations running when Hurricane Harvey hit Houston. IBM stands by our Dreamers and we are encouraging Congress to pass legislation before the end of the year that would allow these young men and women to continue living and working in the only country many of them have ever known.”

“This is an urgent crisis, but also a real opportunity. Dreamers are making every sector of the economy stronger, they’re contributing in every state of the country and they make our nation stronger,” stated FWD.us President Todd Schulte. “We’re urging every Member of Congress to take a stand with Dreamers and pass a permanent legislative solution this year so that they can continue contributing to our economy and live free from the fear of deportation.”

“Passing a permanent legislative solution is essential to my future as an entrepreneur in the United States. I came to this country when I was only a year old and I have only know this country to be my home. This is where I learned to read, to speak, where I went to school and where I have begun my career. My dreams and aspirations are unique, but there 800,000 others who are faced with the same fear that the temporary protections we earned will expire and the futures we worked so hard to create will be gone. I ask Members of Congress to help Dreamers and to pass a permanent legislative solution before the end of this year,” said Dreamer Javier Velasquez.

NEW: Report Outlines Devastating Economic Consequences of Failure to Pass a Permanent Legislative Solution for Dreamers

Posted by FWD.us Press on 11/14/2017

New Data from FWD.us finds nearly 300,000 Dreamers Will Forced from Their Jobs and Lose Deportation Protections in the First Nine Months following the March 5th Deadline

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, FWD.us released a new report, “The Impact of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program Repeal on Jobs,” outlining the enormous job losses and far-reaching economic consequences that will occur if Congress fails to pass legislation to protect Dreamers, such as the Dream Act.

New data in the report details the escalating job loss impact for DACA recipients and American businesses if Congress does not move quickly to pass and implement a permanent legislative solution. The data analyzes economic consequences for the first nine months following the March 5th deadline, when young people enrolled in the DACA program lose their work permits and protections from deportation. Report findings show that without legislation to protect Dreamers:

  • Between March 6 and November 6, 2018, nearly 300,000 DACA recipients will be ripped out of the American workforce.
  • During that time, every single business day more than 1,700 Dreamers will lose the ability to work and contribute to the U.S. economy.
  • All nearly 800,000 Dreamers could be fired from their jobs and will become priorities for deportation to countries that most have no memory of.

“The consequences of Congress failing to protect Dreamers would be devastating. Nearly 300,000 Dreamers will be forced out of their jobs and subject to immediate deportation in the first nine months following the March 5th deadline,” said FWD.us President Todd Schulte. “Every Member of Congress must now decide whether he or she is going to give Dreamers a chance to achieve the American Dream, or if they are going to watch as our neighbors and coworkers are ripped from our communities. Congress must pass a permanent legislative solution before they leave town for the holidays.”

Read the report here.

Earlier this year, FWD.us issued a report outlining the devastating economic consequences of a repeal of the DACA program. Now that DACA has been terminated, the onus is on Congress to pass a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers before the March 5 deadline.

Both reports from FWD.us indicate that Dreamers are economic multipliers and help drive the U.S. economy forward, helping to grow the American tax base and strengthening our middle class. Kicking Dreamers out of the workforce will result in more than $460 billion in lost GDP over the next decade, a devastating blow to our economy. In contrast, estimates show that passing a Dream Act that creates an earned pathway to citizenship for Dreamers could add as much as $1 trillion to the national GDP over a decade.

“By March 5, 2018, 22,000 young people will have lost DACA and work authorization and most likely will have been forced out of employment. As bad as that is, the problem gets exponentially worse after that,” said Tom Jawetz, Vice President of Immigration Policy at the Center for American Progress. “This report, which outlines the enormous job losses that will occur between March 6 and November 6, further underscores the urgency to protect Dreamers. Let’s avoid this ongoing, cruel and unnecessary crisis by passing the Dream Act now.”