Thousands Rally for Immigration Reform in Boulder During GOP Debate

Posted by Gillis Bernard on 10/30/2015

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On Wednesday October 28th, just yards from where Republican presidential candidates stood on stage in Boulder, Colorado for the CNBC GOP Debate, thousands of students, community members, and Latino leaders rallied for immigration reform, an end to politicians’ anti-immigration rhetoric, and the next president’s prioritization of practical immigration reform within the first 100 days in office.

The My Country, My Vote! rally demonstrated the burgeoning political power of one of America’s fastest-growing demographic groups – Latino and immigrant voters. The event, hosted by Denver’s first Latino mayor and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Federico Peña, also coincided with the launch of a 12-month voter registration campaign to mobilize Colorado’s Latino, immigrant, and allied voter community.

The rally drew in more than 2,200 immigrants and advocates of all ages from around Colorado, wielding signs supporting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) programs and a commonsense, compassionate solution to our country’s broken immigration system.

Numerous immigration influencers gave rousing speeches, honoring immigrants’ valuable contributions to their communities around the country and noting immigration advocates’ influence in the upcoming presidential election. In addition to host Peña, speakers included Katherine Archuleta, Latino Victory Project National Committee Co-Chair, and Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers Union and longtime civil rights and labor activist.

FWD.us was honored to support the rally alongside other impactful local and national immigration groups, including Servicios de La Raza; CIRC Action Fund; Colorado Latino Leadership Advocacy and Research Organization; Colorado Progressive Coalition; Escuela Tiatelolco; Latino Victory Project; LACLAA; Mi Familia Vota; Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority; Rights For All People; SEIU Local 105; Together Colorado; Voto Latino; and 2MX2.

Statement on CNBC GOP Debate: Reject the Astronomical Costs of Mass Deportation

Posted by Todd Schulte on 10/28/2015

FWD.us President, Todd Schulte, released the following statement after tonight’s third Republican primary debate:

Tonight’s debate was a discussion on the pressing economic issues our country faces.  Common sense immigration reform is the only issue with broad bipartisan support that would reduce the deficit by $820 billion.

It is astounding that some in a party that espouses smaller government wants one big enough to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants and millions of their U.S. citizen family members. Mass deportation is absurd on its face and these policies are indefensible on human, economic, and political grounds.

Three in four Americans support common sense immigration reform – like them, we utterly reject mass deportation and will continue to show this horrible, absurd “plan’s” astronomical costs.

The Mass Deportation Caucus Fails to Address the Astronomical Cost of Deporting Millions at Third GOP Debate

Posted on 10/28/2015

The mass deportation caucus failed once again to credibly address the astronomical cost of “rounding up” 11 million undocumented immigrants living in America in the first immigration exchange at tonight’s debate, while some Republican candidates thankfully and aggressively refuted the idea of mass deportation. Here are the five things you need to know about the absurd and anti-American policy of mass deportation, that some Republican presidential candidates are still advocating for:

  • 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, the effects of 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 their agricultural industries.
  • 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.
  • 9 in 10 Americans agree that rounding up and deporting those who came here as kids is wrong.

These are the real facts on mass deportation that the American people deserve to know.

As GOP Hopefuls Take the Debate Stage for the Third Time, Many Immigration Questions Still Unanswered

Posted by Todd Schulte on 10/28/2015

To #cnbcGOPdebate candidates: What is your plan for the 11M undocumented living in U.S.? #immigration Click To Tweet

As the Republican presidential hopefuls take the stage for the third primary debate on Wednesday, we wanted to remind you that many of them have not addressed some of the most critical questions on immigration.

While some have made clear that they support a plan to round up and deport 11 million undocumented immigrants plus U.S. citizen family members, others have failed to denounce it, and by doing so, given this absurd so-called “policy” a place it does not deserve in political discourse.

It is no secret that the next president will be responsible for dealing with our broken immigration system. We hope that this debate will serve as a platform for these presidential hopefuls to provide specifics to their immigration plans by answer the following questions:

1. As President would you support mass deportation for the approximate 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living here? Even if it would separate some 4.5 million American citizen children from their parents?

2. If so, how will you pay for the $600 billion in new government spending needed to deport those 11 million individuals?

3. As President, would you support immigration policies that pair border security with legal status for the undocumented?

We look forward to candidates providing answers to these important questions tomorrow night.