FWD.us Statement on Louisiana Criminal Justice Reform Legislation
WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement today on the enactment of sweeping reforms to Louisiana’s criminal justice system that will reduce the prison population by 10 percent and save the state $262 million.
“With this bipartisan legislation, today Louisiana has set a new bar for leadership in justice reform. We applaud Governor John Bel Edwards, Speaker Taylor Barras, Senate President John Alario, and the Louisiana State Legislature for their work in service of a smarter, fairer, and more cost-effective criminal justice system. We thank community champions like Flozell Daniels, Gene Mills, and Jay LaPeyre for reminding Louisiana’s policy makers that criminal justice reform is a priority for crime victims, faith communities, businesses, families impacted by incarceration, and taxpayers across the state. This landmark reform marks a new day for Louisiana .”
FWD.us is proud to have aided Louisiana’s justice reinvestment effort with communications and government relations support and as a member of Smart On Crime Louisiana.
About FWD.us: FWD.us is a bipartisan organization started by key leaders in the tech and business community to promote policies to keep the United States and its citizens competitive in a global economy, starting with commonsense immigration reform and criminal justice reform.
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June 15, 2017
SCHULTE on DACA Anniversary: DACA Has Provided Incredible Benefits to 800,000 People and Our Nation
WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte released the following statement today on the fifth anniversary of the enactment of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which grants temporary work authorization and protection from deportation to young undocumented individuals who entered the United States under the age of 16 and meet stringent background check requirements:
“The DACA program has enabled nearly 800,000 hardworking young Dreamers to come out of the shadows and live free from the fear of deportation, allowing them to contribute more fully to our communities and the American economy. With the work authorization DACA provides, nearly 90% of all recipients have earned a job, allowing more than one in ten to have purchased their first home and more than half of them to purchase a vehicle. Not only has this program allowed these young people to support their families, it has also allowed them to contribute to their local economy.
“Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle understand that DACA recipients are essential to our communities, working in fields like teaching and medicine, and serving bravely in our military. They add billions in GDP growth to our economy, creating American jobs and raising wages for all U.S. citizens. We should build on the important progress made over the last five years and permanently ensure that Dreamers and their families are able to continue to contribute to our communities and our country.”
FWD.us President Todd Schulte released the following statement today regarding this week’s congressional hearings:
“Seven different hearings this week will address – in part – the issue of immigration. Unfortunately, not a single one will focus on the economic impact of reforming our broken immigration system – and how immigration reform can add $1 trillion to GDP over the next decade and spur economic growth. Despite the fact that border apprehensions are down 94% from the beginning of the Bush Administration, these hearings will focus on plans to deport many more people and how to build and pay for a wall along the border. This enforcement-only strategy is not only terrible for our economy and families, but – as police chiefs around the country continue to say – hurts public safety.”
Instead, Congress should focus on the impact a smart immigration system could make: one that ensures the best and brightest can come to the United States to create jobs, raising wages for American workers and helping rebuild the middle class in today’s global economy. A smart, effective immigration system will provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and millions of undocumented families, driving hundreds of billions of dollars in GDP growth, which will continue to grow our economy and rebuild our communities.”
FWD.us: Latest House Judiciary Committee Interior Immigration Enforcement-Only Bills Would Hurt Public Safety for Everyone
WASHINGTON – Today, FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement on the House Judiciary Committee markup of legislation that would lead to huge increases in deportations of undocumented immigrants without any serious criminal record:
“Congress’s repeated obsession with passing laws that would lead to huge increases in deportations of undocumented immigrants without any serious criminal record puts millions more families at risk and hurts public safety for everyone. Despite that an all-time high of 90% of all Americans support creating a pathway to citizenship, Congress will spend taxpayer dollars marking up a bill – again – that is harmful and takes the wrong approach. Instead, Congress should pass smart immigration reform that would strengthen border security, create a pathway to citizenship for those undocumented immigrants who can pass a background check, and modernize our broken legal visa system to fit the needs of today’s economy. Unlike these bills, that sensible approach would ignite economic growth and make our nation safer.”