ICYMI: Republican Congresswoman Mia Love supports pathway to citizenship for Dreamers: “They are, by all accounts, Americans”

Posted by FWD.us Press on 10/27/2017

Republican Congresswoman Mia Love reaffirmed her support for a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers at a town call on Tuesday, saying “they are, by all accounts, Americans.” Her support comes on the heels of new statewide polling showing that a strong majority of Utahns oppose deporting Dreamers.
Nearly three-fourths of respondents in the survey indicated they support allowing Dreamers to stay. There was a majority of backing across political ideologies, with 53 percent of people who considered themselves “very conservative” and 82 percent of moderates in support of letting DACA recipients continue to live in the United States.
Congresswoman Love is among a growing number of Republican leaders who are calling for a bipartisan permanent legislative solution for young, hardworking individuals who came to the United States as children. Nearly 800,000 Dreamers are waiting on Members of Congress to pass this vital legislation that will allow for them to continue making meaningful contributions to the country where they grew up.
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The Salt Lake Tribune // Mariah Noble and Courtney Tanner // ‘They are, by all accounts, Americans’: most Utahns oppose deporting DACA recipients
Rep. Mia Love called the Obama-era program that protected certain young immigrants from deportation a “Band-Aid” on Tuesday night as she urged Congress to develop a more permanent solution that includes a relatively short path to citizenship.
“They are, by all accounts, Americans,” the Utah Republican said during an online town hall.
Her comments come more than a month after President Donald Trump announced his intentions to dissolve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. They also reflect the findings of a new Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll, which showed a strong majority of Utahns opposed to deporting DACA recipients, undocumented immigrants who were brought here when they were children.
Nearly three-fourths of respondents in the Dan Jones & Associates survey indicated they support allowing these immigrants to stay in the country. Some 21 percent said those individuals should be ousted, while 7 percent were undecided.
The poll, conducted from Oct. 10 to 13 with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.98 percentage points, also suggests that individuals who identify as “very liberal” tend to be among the strongest advocate for these immigrants with 97 percent in favor of allowing them to stay.
Still, there was majority backing across political ideologies, with 53 percent of people who considered themselves “very conservative” and 82 percent of moderates in support of letting DACA recipients continue to live in the United States. As did majorities in every demographic group: men and women, and people of all ages, faiths and levels of educational attainment.
“I don’t even know where people would be deported to because they don’t have families there anymore,” said Love, who is the child of immigrants. Her parents fled Haiti to escape potential political persecution and settled in America. Love was born in New York City.
Matt Slade, who responded to the poll and considers himself a moderate Republican, does not support sending DACA recipients back to their country of origin, though he opposes illegal immigration.
He believes Congress ought to come up with a solution to provide, at the least, a path to permanent residency and, possibly, a path to citizenship for these people.
“It wasn‘t their choice,” Slade said. “Why should these children be punished for their parents’ transgressions?”
Milagro Ivester is a self-described conservative Hispanic immigrant who came to the United States with a humanitarian visa 15 years ago, gained permanent residency and became a citizen. She also said the government needs to “create conditions to absorb all these people.”
“I did not come to this country demanding,” Ivester said. “I came to this country to learn and work to earn my right.”
Marta Nielsen said her views are generally liberal, and she’s disappointed with the Trump administration’s actions toward immigrants that are “giving validation to ideas in America that scare me, to be frank, ideas that immigrants are bad and people who are different are bad.”
The Mormon and Christian value of “loving your neighbor” guides her take on the issue. She believes DACA beneficiaries should be given the opportunity to chase the “American dream.”
“The moral code of our society calls for greater compassion than we‘re currently showing,” Nielsen said.
Another respondent, Rand Hollist, said his beliefs also generally align with the views expressed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He said he’s seen the faith’s leaders intervene when proposed state legislation appears too “strict” on immigration.
“I don’t like things that break up families,” said Hollist, who described himself as “very moderate” in his political views.
In the poll, 69 percent of self-described “very active” members of the LDS Church supported letting DACA recipients stay.
Critics, though, say the DACA program was an overstep of former President Barack Obama’s executive authority. That includes all members of Utah’s congressional delegation who believe that Congress should be the one to act.
Lawmakers have offered a number of proposals similar to DACA meant to create an alternative to the program, which expires in March.
Love said the Dream Act, a longstanding bill, provides for too long of a path to citizenship for younger immigrants. She instead backs the RAC Act, which allows these immigrants five years to fulfill necessary work, military or schooling requirements before receiving a green card, the first step toward citizenship.
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch was an original sponsor of the Dream Act in 2001, which did not pass but would have allowed undocumented students to pursue an education. He last month joined onto a Republican-led effort, known as the SUCCEED Act, that proposes rigorous vetting requirements for young immigrants to “earn the right to citizenship” over a 15-year period.
Meanwhile, Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, supports two other iterations — the BRIDGE Act and the ENLIST Act — that would offer temporary relief from deportation with “provisional protected presence” and work permits.

FWD.us Statement on the Launch of the Coalition for the American Dream

Posted by FWD.us Press on 10/26/2017

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement today on the launch of the Coalition for the American Dream:


“FWD.us is proud to partner with so many important leaders in the business community to push to protect Dreamers. There are only two paths forward: either Congress can act now and pass urgent legislation like the Dream Act, or our nation will be responsible for forcing 800,000 out of their jobs, subjecting them to immediate deportation, and using the very information they gave to the government in good faith to find, arrest and deport them. Congress should listen to these important business voices and pass legislation to protect Dreamers before the end of the year.”


Below please find the press release announcing the Coalition for the American Dream.


CONTACT: Brian Walsh
October 26, 2017


Coalition for the American Dream Launches in Support of Dreamers
Leading Businesses, Trade Associations & Other Organizations Come Together in Support of Permanent Legislative Solution This Year


WASHINGTON DC – Over 60 top businesses, trade associations and other organizations that collectively represent virtually every industry supporting the American economy, today announced a new coalition in support of bipartisan legislation that gives Dreamers a permanent solution this year.


In addition to reaching out and meeting with Capitol Hill lawmakers in the days ahead, the new Coalition for the American Dream is also launching a national digital ad campaign and published a full-page ad in POLITICO today. A copy of the ad is included below and you can also view it by clicking here but it reads in part:


“Without an immediate, permanent legislative solution, roughly 800,000 Dreamers who are working, going to school, and serving in our nation’s military will lose their ability to work and study legally, will be forced from their jobs, and will be subject to immediate deportation from the country they grew up in. If Congress fails to act, our economy could lose $215 billion from the national GDP in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions.


“President Trump has recognized the need for action, saying that ‘hopefully now Congress will be able to help’ Dreamers.


“There are many aspects of our immigration system that need reform – and on which we may not agree. But we all know that Dreamers are important to the future of our companies and our economy.”


For on-the-record quotes from Coalition members regarding today’s launch, please visit: https://www.coalitionfortheamericandream.us/what-they-are-saying/


For any additional information and for full membership, please visit: coalitionfortheamericandream.us
Finally, please  view today’s full-page ad in POLITICO

ICYMI: New Estimates Show Dream Act Could Add $1 Trillion to U.S. Economy Over 10 Years

Posted by FWD.us Press on 10/26/2017

The Center for American Progress today released new state-by-state data showing the economic impact of passing the Dream Act. The data includes estimated GDP increases on state and federal levels and provides a breakdown of DACA-eligible workers in the U.S. in particular industries.

Below please find a press release from the Center for American Progress with key highlights. Thank you.

RELEASE: New CAP Analysis Estimates State- and Industry-Level Economic Impact of Passing the Dream Act

Date: October 26, 2017
Contact: Tanya Arditi

Washington, D.C. — New estimates about the economic benefits of passing the bipartisan Dream Act at the state and industry levels, published today by the Center for American Progress, find that all across the nation, states such as California, Texas, Florida, and Illinois would see significant positive impacts to the state’s GDP and gains in several key industries. Even states with fewer numbers of eligible workers would see big gains, according to the analysis based on a groundbreaking model previously used in a CAP study estimating the number of workers each state and industries within them would lose if a policy of mass deportation were instituted.

These estimates add to CAP’s existing analysis around the Dream Act, which found that passing S. 1615 in the Senate and H.R. 3440 in the House, putting potentially eligible workers on a pathway to citizenship, would add at least $281 billion and as much as $1 trillion to the national GDP over a decade.

“This study is yet more evidence of just how powerful a catalyst the Dream Act would be for states and industries, including construction, manufacturing, and leisure and hospitality. It’s no surprise we’ve seen business and elected leaders from across the country show their support for passing the Dream Act immediately,” said Philip E. Wolgin, managing director for the Immigration Policy team at the Center for American Progress and co-author of the analysis. “In the wake of the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA, advocates, Dreamers, and their families are all looking to Congress to pass the Dream Act and provide permanent protection and a pathway to citizenship for a community that, for the most part, has only ever called the United States their home. Dreamers’ lives have an impact on every American in every state, often without them truly knowing to what extent. Analysis like this helps bring into focus a more complete picture of Dreamers in America.”

Among the states highlighted in the analysis, estimates include the following:

  • In California, the study finds that with the 515,000 immediately eligible workers, the Dream Act would add up to $20.3 billion every year to the state’s GDP.

  • In Texas, 306,000 immediately eligible workers would help add up to $11.4 billion each year to the state’s GDP and up to $2 billion specifically to the construction sector, which is key considering that the state is still recovering from Hurricane Harvey.

  • In Florida, 117,000 immediately eligible workers would contribute to up to $4.1 billion every year to the state’s GDP. The construction sector in Florida will also be of utmost importance as the state recovers from the damage caused by Hurricane Irma, and passing the Dream Act would add up to $416 million to the construction sector each year in Florida.

  • In Illinois, with the 96,000 immediately eligible workers, the Dream Act would add up to $4 billion every year to the state’s GDP.

In addition to the construction industry, the report looks at industries such as leisure and hospitality, agriculture, manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, and educational and health services.

Click here to view CAP’s analysis, “The State-by-State Economic Benefits of Passing the Dream Act.”

For more information or to speak to an expert on this topic, please contact Tanya Arditi at tarditi@americanprogress.org or 202-741-6258.

FWD.us Statement on House Speaker Paul Ryan’s Assertion that Dreamer Legislation will be Included in Year End Spending Bill

Posted by FWD.us Press on 10/25/2017

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement today on House Speaker Paul Ryan’s comment that Dreamer legislation will be included in year end spending bill:

“We are pleased by Speaker Ryan’s announcement that it is urgent that Congress pass legislation that protects Dreamers before the end of the year. Recent polling has found that more than 80% of Americans support allowing Dreamers to earn a pathway to citizenship – including a Fox News poll showing that 79% of Republicans share this belief. The votes are there among both Democrats and Republicans in Congress to pass such legislation. Every member who stands with Dreamers should immediately cosponsor legislation like the Dream Act that would allow Dreamers to earn a pathway to citizenship, to continue to show House and Senate leadership the overwhelming support for Dreamers in Congress.”