FWD.us Statement on the Repeal of DACA

Posted by FWD.us Press on 09/05/2017

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement on the Trump Administration’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA):

“We are incredibly disappointed by President Trump’s decision to end DACA. In six months, this will force 800,000 Dreamers out of their jobs and put them under threat of immediate deportation, unless Congress acts. What this decision makes abundantly clear is that Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle must immediately come together – right now – and pass a bipartisan Dream Act: 800,000 lives are at stake.

“Dreamers are students, teachers, nurses, and engineers. They are young people who came to this country as children, and most only know America as home. For many years, congressional Republicans have said their objection to DACA was its implementation by executive action rather than via legislation. Now, the ball is in the GOP’s court: without the bipartisan Dream Act or a permanent legislative solution, an average of 1,400 new DACA recipients every single business day, for the next two years, will lose their ability to work legally and be subject to immediate deportation. And Democrats must be willing to negotiate in good faith with GOP leadership to reach a solution. Ultimately, every member of Congress must now decide whether they are going to allow Dreamers the chance to earn a path to citizenship by passing the bipartisan Dream Act, or whether they are going to watch as our neighbors and coworkers are ripped out of their jobs and our communities and deported to countries they may not even remember. No bill will be perfect, but inaction is unacceptable. Congress must act.

“The time of reckoning is here – and we call on the American people to speak out and demand Congress pass a bipartisan Dream Act.”

Five Things You Need to Know About Today’s Decision on DACA

Posted by FWD.us Press on 09/05/2017

1) DACA has transformed the lives of 800,000 people. They all came forward to register with the government, went through an extensive process, paid a fee, passed a background check (including fingerprinting), gave all of their information to the government – including current addresses, cell phone numbers and family information – and in exchange get a permit that they must renew every two years that allows them to work and live legally in the United States. DACA is legal and constitutional – and it is working. These Dreamers serve in our military abroad and as first responders in Texas, others are teachers, nurses, and engineers.

2) Because these Dreamers MUST renew their DACA every two years, we implore everyone to remember: Ending Renewals Ends DACA. Ending Renewals Ends DACA. Ending Renewals Ends DACA…don’t fall for an argument that this is “sunsetting” or “grandfathering” or a “compromise” or “middle ground.” Everyone must renew their DACA every two years, and the consequences of barring renewals are devastating. Without implementing a permanent legislative solution, roughly 1,400 Dreamers will lose their work permits every single business day for the next two years, eventually leaving them all without the ability to work or remain productive members of society. No one – no one – is talking about clawing back 800,000 existing work permits – this is a stalking horse. Allowing renewals is the status quo, and one supported previously by President Trump, who has issued more than 200,000 DACA renewals since he took office.

3) You are likely to hear spin that “this is about a program, not these kids” and even if DACA ends, Dreamers have nothing to fear in terms of deportation. That is simply NOT true. ICE dramatically changed their enforcement priorities in a memo issued on January 25th, 2017, making EVERY undocumented immigrant a priority for removal. If DACA protections are removed, every Dreamer will be under immediate and constant threat of deportation. ICE Director testified to the House Appropriations Committee that “no population is off the table” and agenda should “take action against all undocumented immigrants encountered while on duty.”

4) New research by FWD.us and CAP shows that an average of 30,000 DACA recipients would lose their jobs each month if DACA is repealed. That’s 1,400 individuals who would be ripped out of the American workforce every business day. Ending DACA without a Dream Act in place would mean $460 billion in lost GDP over the next decade. The devastating moral and economic consequences of a DACA repeal are why over 500 business leaders from around the country are pushing to keep DACA in place until the Dream Act is passed.

5) No matter what the decision today, Congress must pass the bipartisan Dream Act immediately to protect these incredible young people who are already contributing to our communities and our economy. House Republicans have also introduced legislation to protect Dreamers (the RAC Act), but every Member who stands with Dreamers must cosponsor legislation that would allow Dreamers to continue working and living in the United States. Congress can and must fix this immediately.

NEW: Dozens More Business Leaders from Every Economic Sector Join Fight to Protect DACA

Posted by FWD.us Press on 09/04/2017

Even More Business Leaders, Companies from Every Economic Sector Join Fight to Protect DACA

Leaders of Cummins, Wells Fargo, AT&T, Hyatt, Best Buy, Univision, Edison International, Ikea, Kaiser Permanente Join now more than 400+ Business Leaders Calling for Protections for Dreamers

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte released the following statement today on the addition of major new companies and business leaders from every sector of the economy adding their voices to the fight to protect 800,000 hardworking young Dreamers:

“Momentum continues to build over the weekend, with entrepreneurs and business leaders urging the President to protect DACA and underscoring the need for both parties in Congress to come together and immediately pass a Dream Act or permanent legislative solution. Since more than 300 business leaders released a letter on Thursday, even more entrepreneurs and companies from across the country have signed on. New additions over the weekend include the CEOs and executive leadership from companies as large and diverse as AT&T, Cummins, Wells Fargo, Hyatt, Best Buy, Univision, Edison International, Ikea, Kaiser Permanente, and many more, now totaling more than 400 signatories. They join original signatories including the CEOs of Facebook, General Motors, Microsoft, Starbucks, Google, Marriott International, Apple, Salesforce, Amazon, LinkedIn, Warren Buffett and many more. We also want to thank other companies like Verizon have put out their own statements of support for Dreamers.”

The CEOs and business leaders signing onto the letter represent every major industry in the United States, including manufacturing, automotive companies, media companies, energy, global retail brands, biomedical research, tech, finance, sports and entertainment, real estate, fashion, hospitality and travel, and many more. The letter remains open as additional leaders are encouraged to join.

Momentum continues to build beyond the business community, as well. In the last 72 hours, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Republican Governor Rick Scott of Florida, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, and other key conservatives have called for the President to keep DACA in place while urging Congress to pass a permanent legislative solution to protect Dreamers. The Tennessee Attorney General – an original supporter of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s threat to DACA – withdrew from the threat to sue, and called on his home state Republican Senators to pass the Dream Act. Just minutes ago, Oklahoma Republican Senator James Lankford released a statement calling on the President to keep DACA and Congress to pass a permanent legislative solution.

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Statement from FWD.us President Todd Schulte

Posted by FWD.us Press on 09/03/2017

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement tonight:

“We will not be responding to anonymous leaks from the White House. The President has said he is the decider and that he would be making an announcement on Tuesday. This couldn’t be more serious and 800,000 people – and their friends and family – deserve clarity.”