Join Us: Impact Immigration 2016

Posted by Todd Schulte on 12/07/2015


Today, is launching Impact Immigration 2016, an intensive year-long effort focused on highlighting the need for immigration reform while exposing the flawed concept of mass deportation throughout the 2016 elections. The new initiative can be found online at, including ways to join the campaign as an Immigration Action Voter, and new polling data on American voters’ attitudes on mass deportation.

Immigration reform remains a critical issue for our nation: it would boost the U.S. economy, keep families together, and it is a key issue among American voters. Current polling indicates that Americans overwhelmingly reject the absurd and awful idea of mass deportation, and instead favor fixing our broken immigration system.

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The Impact Immigration 2016 effort will include:

  • Mobilizing voters through a new “Immigration Action Voter” campaign.
  • Releasing research and polling that shows that Americans clearly support immigration reform, and that they do not endorse the appalling idea of mass deportation.
    • “By an overwhelming margin, voters prefer a presidential candidate that supports providing immigrants with an earned pathway to citizenship over one who supports mass deportation (74% earned pathway/18% deport).”
    • “Across the board, voters oppose revoking the citizenship of Americans born to immigrants living in the U.S. illegally (32% support/61% oppose).”
    • “Swing voters and not very conservative Republicans are bothered by the imposition of a U.S. police state (55% major doubts among swing/46% among not very conservative GOP) with internment camps at the border (61% swing/53% not very conservative GOP).”
  • Sharing positive stories of business leaders, DREAMers, innovators, students, and others who are struggling with our broken immigration system.
  • Informing and empowering supporters who are closely following continued efforts around the passage of immigration reform legislation.
  • Moving into battleground states and recruiting hundreds of new leaders across the country.

Our goal is simple: setting up the best possible atmosphere for passing immigration reform beginning in January 2017.

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Full Impact Immigration 2016 plan: []

Recent polling data on mass deportation: []

Join the new “Immigration Action Voter” campaign: [] has championed immigration reform since its launch in April of 2013, hosting over 14,000 chapter members across 9 city chapters and at over 700 public events. We have organized 10,000+ individual meetings, roundtables, and high-level conversations with hundreds and hundreds of elected officials, and hosted multiple immigration-themed hackathons, calling on members of the tech community to bring innovative approaches to solving problems in the immigration space.

The Impact Immigration 2016 Campaign is a continuation of’ mission paired with a tangible goal: making immigration reform a top priority in the 2016 election, and encouraging candidates to commit to fixing our broken immigration system on day one if they are elected.

Impact Immigration 2016

With DOJ Filing, Path for Supreme Court to Take Up Case Is Clear

Posted by Todd Schulte on 11/20/2015 President Todd Schulte released the following statement after the Department of Justice filed an appeal urging the Supreme Court to hear the case on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration:

“The path is now clear for the Supreme Court to take up this case and remove the fear of mass deportation from millions of American families who urgently need it. Tomorrow, millions of people will wake up and continue to live in fear – needlessly – of being torn from their families and loved ones. The DACA extension and DAPA programs are a critical step forward to helping these millions of individuals, while we remain focused on our ultimate goal of passing bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform.”

Tonight's Immigration Exchange Exposes Hollowness of Mass Deportation

Posted on 11/10/2015

Tonight, during the fourth Republican Debate, several candidates condemned the so-called “policy” of mass deportation, or the rounding up of approximately 11 million undocumented people currently living in the country. When this absurd and awful “policy” was denounced by Governors Kasich and Bush, those proposing it offered no defense for this anti-American idea.

Candidates like Governor John Kasich and Governor Jeb Bush spoke out, highlighting the complete absurdity of mass deportation:

  • “Come on, folks! We all know you can’t pick them up and ship them across, back across the border. It is a silly argument. It is not an adult argument. It makes no sense.” – Governor Kasich

  • “12 million… to send them back, 500,000 a month, is just, not possible. And it’s not embracing American values. And it would tear communities apart. And it would send a signal that we’re not the kind of country that know I know America is. And even having this conversation sends a powerful signal.” – Governor Bush

The human, economic, and political costs of mass deportation are astronomical, and we hope every candidate denounces this anti-American idea that would rip apart millions of families, cost $600 billion in new government spending to implement, and wipe out $1.7 trillion from the economy in favor of commonsense reform that will grow our economy and create American jobs.

Denounce Mass Deportation

Posted by Todd Schulte on 11/10/2015

Heading into the next Republican debate, wanted to highlight several candidates who, in just the last two weeks, have actively pushed back against the absurd “plans” for mass deportation:

  • “There are people who suggest we should just deport everybody and we could do it in two years. That is a half a million people a month. That’s not possible.” – Governor Jeb Bush

  • “As to the 11 million, I want to talk about fixing the problem. We’re not going to deport 11 million people and their legal citizen children, but we will deport felons. And those who stay will have to learn our language to stay.” – Sen. Lindsey Graham

  • “But to think that we’re just going to put people on buses and ship them to the border. I mean look at our World War II experience where we quarantined Japanese I mean it’s a dark stain on America’s history.” – Governor John Kasich

Other candidates like Senator Rubio, Senator Paul and Governor Pataki, have weighed in against the idea of mass deportation as well.

Rebutting the idea that mass deportation is feasible, the conservative think tank – American Action Forum estimates that the cost of rounding up and deporting 11 million undocumented immigrants will cost the federal government $600 Billion in spending over 20 years and would reduce our GDP by $1.7 trillion – over 5%, as opposed to passing commonsense immigration reform, which would grow our economy by 1.4 trillion – a 5.4% increase by 2033.

Our message to candidates remains loud and clear. Condemn mass deportation, tell the American people how you will fix our broken immigration system and answer: As President, would you round up and deport the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living here? If yes, how specifically would you go about this? If no, are you going to grant them legal status? And if not, what is your specific plan to fix our broken system?

It is absurd that after three debates and countless interviews, many candidates have still not provided a clear answer to this question. We will again be looking for answers tomorrow night.