Reminder: This is what the Trump/Cruz plan for round up and deporting 11 Million Undocumented Immigrants Costs

Posted by on 02/25/2016

The idea that the United States would best be served by creating a police state to round up approximately 11.5 million undocumented immigrants and deport each and every one of them. Beyond this morally reprehensible idea of breaking apart millions of families – removing a population equivalent to 12 states and the District of Columbia – this number doesn’t include the harm to the roughly 4 million U.S. citizen children with an undocumented parent. It means deporting a population the 7 times size of Houston.

Adding to the terrible moral cost of splitting apart families and deporting U.S. citizens, the cost to our economy would be astronomical: The conservative American Action Forum recently released a study showing that deporting 11.5 million people would cost U.S. taxpayers $400 to $600 billion dollars, and would take at least 20 years to complete. Even worse, this mass deportation would reduce our GDP by $1.7 trillion – over 5%. Many industries would be hit hard, others – like agriculture, construction and hospitality – would be devastated. Try imagining  California or Florida without agriculture. The approximately $100 billion in payroll taxes that undocumented immigrants pay into Medicare and the Social Security Trust Fund would dry up.

Developing the massive law enforcement, surveillance systems, and prison camps necessary to round up a population the size of Ohio is anathema to American values. Of course, these reasons are exactly why immigration reform supporters as diverse as the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention, tech entrepreneurs, the Farm Bureau, business and organized labor leaders, Jewish community groups, manufacturers, law enforcement officers, and veterans organizations agree that this approach is hurtful and wrong. As for the American people, 9 in 10 Americans from all walks of life agree that rounding up and deporting those who came here as kids is wrong.

The GOP frontrunners’ absurd ‘plans’ for mass deportation come with astronomical costs:

  • Economic: Would require $600 billion in new direct government spending AND would cut $1.7 trillion from the economy.

  • Families and Kids: Forcibly rounding up and deporting anywhere from 11 to 15 million people, including millions of American-born, U.S. citizen children.

  • Police State and Internment Camps: Effectively turning our country into a police state and putting millions of people in internment camps along the border.

Conversely, fixing our broken immigration system will mean:

  • Increasing economic growth by 4.8% Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

  • Lowering the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion ($180 billion during the first decade, and $990 billion during the second decade) (Source: American Immigration Council).

  • Adding $300 billion more to the Social Security Trust Fund.

  • Increasing all Americans’ overall income by $625 billion and create an average of 145,000 jobs per year over a decade.

Schulte: Governor Bush, Thank You For Supporting Commonsense Immigration Reform

Posted by Todd Schulte on 02/20/2016

Washington, D.C. — Following Governor Jeb Bush’s suspension of his 2016 Republican presidential campaign, President Todd Schulte released the following statement:

“ thanks Governor Jeb Bush for never hesitating in his support for immigration reform. At every opportunity, Governor Bush spoke out against the awful and absurd “plans” for deporting 11 million people and in favor of modernizing our legal immigration system, securing the border, and providing a commonsense legalization process for undocumented immigrants. He stood with 3 in 4 Americans who support these principles, and we thank him for that.” On The Ground in South Carolina

Posted on 02/20/2016

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Today is the nation’s third Republican primary and the first primary to take place in the South.

For the past two weeks my team has been on the ground here in South Carolina talking to voters and candidates from across the political spectrum about the need for commonsense immigration reform.

Given how heated the immigration debate has been this election season, I was surprised by how willing people were to share their thoughts when stopped on the street or outside of an event. Moreover, when we engaged them in conversation, I was encouraged by how many people expressed support for immigrant families.

It turns out that 57% of South Carolinians believe undocumented immigrants deserve a path to citizenship. Many Republican voters agreed with me that it is impractical and inhumane to tear apart families simply to “enforce the law” when it is badly broken.

I leave South Carolina with a strong belief in our ability as voters to listen to, challenge, and share with each other respectfully, behaviors that are not always modeled by our politicians. It can be frustrating to talk to somebody whose starting point is so different from yours, but there is real potential to change minds through compassion and patience.

We love the pastors!!

One of my favorite photos from our time here is of a group of evangelical Christians and pastors that we met with for about two hours. Each of them has, through their faith, come to the conclusion that they need to advocate for all families, especially those most vulnerable like the poor, refugees, and undocumented immigrants.

I hope that my team’s hard work educating voters on the specifics of immigration and reminding them of their better nature and responsibility to treat all people with dignity made some impact on the way that they approach these discussions, and maybe even swayed some away from the hyper-aggressive and nationalistic rhetoric dominating the campaign trail.

Katie Aragon is the Silicon Valley Chapter Director. 

Building the Case for DAPA & Expanded DACA Through Storytelling

Posted on 02/10/2016

DAPA_DACALA4Last weekend, immigrants from around the country flew to Los Angeles, California to join for an intensive one-day story-telling and media training workshop. The purpose: band together in solidarity prior to this spring’s Supreme Court case on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, and prepare and perfect stories of self to share with the world to generate support for the case.

Each of the 19 participants and/or their families would be eligible for expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parent Arrivals (DAPA) if the Supreme Court decides to unfreeze the executive actions proposed in November 2014 that were stalled in a Texas district court.

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Throughout the day, participants courageously shared their immigration stories – some, for the first time! – and received coaching from Josh Dorner of PR firm SKDKnickerbocker, Karen Tumlin of National Immigration Law Center, and José Antonio Vargas, a DACA-expanded eligible undocumented immigrant, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and filmmaker.

Among those at the training was Diana (featured below), who came to the United States with her family from Mexico when she was one year old. Diana is a DACA recipient and has two younger sisters who are U.S. citizens. If the President’s executive actions are implemented, her parents will qualify for DAPA and be able to pursue a better life without the ever present fear of deportation and having their family ripped apart.


“My friends started getting their [driver’s] licenses, working, and applying to schools that I couldn’t go to. I, too, applied, and was accepted to schools, but due to lack of financial aid, I couldn’t go,” Diana said of her life as a driven undocumented immigrant, pre-DACA. “I remember going to the DMV, in hopes of obtaining an ID, and I was denied. I was denied the right to identify myself as a human being.”

Diana is one of the more than 650,000 young people who have received DACA, and as a result, applied for jobs, qualified for financial aid, and continued their education – all without the anxiety of their undocumented status dictating decisions for their future. If DACA programs were expanded, it is estimated that at least an additional 300,000 individuals would be able to step forward and begin seizing academic and employment opportunities to contribute to the communities and economy of the country they love – the United States.

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“Now, I have DACA. I have a license and a work permit – but my parents do not,” Diana explained.

Before coming to America, Diana’s father taught in a university in Mexico and owned a successful graphic design business. “He came to the United States in hopes of finding the American Dream. Instead he found himself carrying a towel in one hand while the other one scrubbed toilets…My mother now has arthritis. My parents should have the right to hold a job that doesn’t harm them.”

More than four million parents would be impacted by the introduction of DAPA. An estimated 19 percent of minor children – of which more than 80 percent are U.S. citizens – in California alone have at least one parent who is undocumented. Until DAPA is implemented, the parents continue to live in constant fear that they will be separated from their families.

“[My parents] shouldn’t live in fear of taking my little sisters to school, and being detained on the way there. Our community is in desperate need of DAPA,” shared Diana.

In the weeks leading up to hearing day, will be sharing stories of individuals and families whose lives would be changed if the Supreme Court upholds DAPA and the expansion of DACA programs. Stay tuned!