Today, FWD.us is holding a #Freedom2Innovate Day of Action – it’s the start of a month long campaign to highlight the incredible costs that come from failing to fix our broken immigration system, and to highlight the incredible potential our country has if we can reform our immigration laws. Starting today, we’ll be working with a broad coalition of individuals who would benefit from immigration reform, with elected officials from both parties from across the country, and with the tech community to show that reform can’t wait. We’re using April 1st as a backstop – the day where so many high-skilled immigrants will find out if they will, or will not, be able to stay in this country and create jobs.
The dialogue in D.C. is filled with noise on immigration – what we’re doing in the next month is boiling this down to the consensus. Past the arguing, we agree the status quo is broken and we need reforms to help our economy grow and provide the ability for 11 million undocumented immigrants to come out of the shadows and contribute fully.
Here are three reasons why we’re asking you to join our #Freedom2Innovate Day of Action today:
First – 3 in 4 Americans (including 2 in 3 Republicans) support immigration reform, but for us to be successful we need to highlight the urgency and increase the intensity of our work. While April 1st isn’t a determinative day for all, it is for many and we’re asking each and every one of you to help drive home the urgent need to fix our broken immigration system over the next month.
Second – We’ll create urgency by showing the cost of inaction and the benefits of reform. Today, we’ll be highlighting individual stories of entrepreneurs who want to grow their companies here and create American jobs – both online and on calls with the press. We know the power of stories, and we believe in the power of technology to harness and amplify these stories.
Third — We’re organizing our efforts around policy points where we can make a difference through legislation and executive action, while continuing to work towards a permanent legislative solution that fixes our fundamentally broken system so that it works for our economy.”
That we are a nation of immigrants has been, and always should be, a source of incredible strength and dynamism. The very nature of immigration – the entrepreneurialism that leads people to leave so much behind and come to our nation – has long been one of our country’s greatest competitive advantages. Yet today we no longer have an immigration system that reflects our values, and the price we pay is severe: we educate the best and brightest only to tell them there is no place for them to create jobs here, millions of families live in fear of being torn apart by deportation, and $37 million dollars are lost every day we fail to pass reform.
The stakes couldn’t be higher – so today, please help us renew our push to win.