Washington DC – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to grant certiorari to United States v. Texas, a recent decision from 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that has halted the implementation of President Obama’s November 2014 executive actions on immigration. This is a promising step in the right direction. These executive actions would direct officials to exercise discretion, and on a case-by-case basis provide deportation relief for approximately 5 million undocumented immigrants currently living, and working across the U.S.
FWD.us President Todd Schulte released the following statement in response:
“This is a promising step in the right direction to finally unfreeze the DAPA and DACA extended programs that will provide 5 million undocumented immigrants with the opportunity to apply for temporary deportation relief and work authorization.
“The President’s executive actions are fully supported by law. The DAPA and expanded DACA programs will allow millions of immigrants to come out of the shadows and positively contribute to our economy, and to our communities. While we are encouraged by this recent development, there is still much work to be done. Over the next several months we will continue to highlight the positive impact that DAPA and expanded DACA programs will have for millions of immigrants and to our country as a whole.”
Today, GOP Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz released a new fear-mongering, misleading, and hypocritical ad on immigration. Cruz may be hoping Americans forget his own recent public statements on the positive contributions of immigrants and need for more high-skilled immigrants in order to boost our country’s economy, but the fact remains that his fear-mongering new ad represents a stunning reversal for a candidate who proudly supported increasing H-1B visas by 500% and green cards, and who endorsed providing a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants as recently as 2013.
Senator Cruz – once the professed champion of the overwhelming economic benefits of immigrants – has completely flip flopped.
Summary: Senator Cruz has massively flip-flopped from championing high-skilled immigration as an “unambiguous good” and calling for a 500% increase in H-1Bs and a needed, substantial increase in green cards to now saying immigrants take jobs from native-born workers and depress wages. It is simply inconceivable to see these 2013 and 2015 positions are anything other than political posturing from the self-professed “purity” candidate.
Background: Linked is Senator Ted Cruz’s amendment speech in June 2013. As you may remember, the Gang of Eight carefully crafted high-skilled provisions that had the strong support of those who favor substantial improvements to the high-skilled immigration system: startups, manufacturers, universities, immigrants themselves, tech companies, economists, the American public overall across all parties and many more.
1.) “I think high-tech immigrants are an unambiguous good for economy and for our country. And I think bringing more high-skill, high-tech immigrants to this country generates economic growth, produces jobs, and so I don’t think it makes sense to arbitrarily cap it at a low number.”
2.) “Let me note I think the best aspect of the so-called Gang of Eight bill is the reform that is found concerning legal immigration. I think it makes some positive steps with regard to legal immigration, but I don’t think it goes nearly far enough. And this amendment is designed to go substantially further, in particular to take the current cap on H-1B, high-skilled visas from 65,000 and to increase it by 500% to 325,000.”
3.) “And high-skilled immigrants whether temporary or permanent are, I believe, the data demonstrates pro-growth…And there is right now a serious shortage of qualified STEM workers in the United States.”
4.) “And economists have found that for every additional 100 H-1B workers, 183 new jobs are created for U.S. citizens. According to the American Enterprise Institute, each U.S. educated advanced degree green card holder creates 2.6 American jobs, and each H-1B visa holder helps create 1.8 American jobs. In addition, the data demonstrates that H-1B workers are associated with increased wages for American workers.”
You can’t go from rightly stating that “immigrants create jobs and raise wages” to today’s ad that says they depress wages and take jobs: “I can tell you, for millions of Americans at home watching this, it is a very personal economic issue. And, I will say the politics of it will be very, very different if a bunch of lawyers or bankers were crossing the Rio Grande. Or if a bunch of people with journalism degrees were coming over and driving down the wages in the press.”
Senator Cruz – once the self-professed champion of the overwhelming economic benefits and job-creating power of immigrants – has flip-flopped completely.
Today, FWD.us 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 ImmigrationVoter.com, 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.
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.
FWD.us 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 FWD.us’ 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.
FWD.us 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.”
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