While we have only seen the talking points of this proposal, the details indicate this will slash legal immigration levels by 50% – the biggest cuts to legal immigration in nearly a century. This would devastate our economy and specifically hurt middle class and middle income workers across the country. While this rightly acknowledges what the vast majority of Americans know – that Dreamers should have a pathway to citizenship – this bill is dead on arrival in Congress.
“As Republican Senator John Thune said earlier this week, a ‘narrower (bill) gets it done.’ President Trump eliminated DACA and created an urgent crisis. Republicans control the White House, the Senate, and the House – and unless they bring forward a bipartisan solution for Dreamers and sensible increased border security that can get 218 votes in the House and 60 in the Senate, the government under their unified control will see nearly 800,000 DACA recipients all fired from their jobs and subject to immediate deportation.
WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement today on today’s Congressional votes:
Today represents a tragic missed opportunity for Congress to rise to the occasion and fight on behalf of Dreamers and the 86% of Americans who want Congress to protect Dreamers. Delaying protections for Dreamers means tens of thousands more individuals living in our communities will be ripped out of their jobs, separated from their families, and may be deported to countries they barely know.
The binary choice before every member of Congress has not changed: either they will pass bipartisan legislation to protect Dreamers, or they will watch as nearly 800,000 young people who grew up in our communities, prayed in our churches, and studied in our schools are systematically ripped out of the only country they know. Every day, every Member of Congress will have to look in the mirror and ask themselves what they did – or failed to do – to prevent the mass firings and mass deportation of Dreamers. Their actions and the results are what matter.
Republicans control the Senate. Republicans control the House. Republicans control the White House. The Republican President has – like the leaders of both chambers – repeatedly said he want to protect Dreamers. But until Speaker Ryan and Senator McConnell put bipartisan legislation to a vote, Dreamers will lose status and soon our nation will begin the large-scale deportation of DACA recipients.
The lives of Dreamers will be their hands and they will be judged by their actions and results between now and February 8th. We will win – and we will get legislation passed to protect Dreamers and will continue to fight for a bipartisan solution.
Without congressional action, nearly 800,000 Dreamers could be fired from their jobs, ripped away from their families and deported from the only country they know as home. Among the Dreamers at risk of deportation is Esmeralda, a Dreamer from Kansas who moved to the United States as a two-year-old baby. She and her fiancé, Michael, are parents to a one-year-old baby girl who is a United States citizen. Michael is a U.S. Army soldier and is set to be deployed overseas next month. An ad highlighting Esmeralda’s story can be found here.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, FWD.us is releasing a new nationwide ad featuring Dreamer Hector Rivera Suarez as part of a continuing six-figure digital advertising campaign to highlight the urgency around passing permanent legislative protections for Dreamers. Hector, whose DACA protections expire in just two days on January 21, is student body president at Guilford College in North Carolina. He graduated high school as valedictorian with a dual high school diploma and associate’s degree, and hopes to use his college education to enroll in Teach for America and pursue a career in education. Without congressional action to protect Dreamers permanently from deportation, Hector will be unable to use the degree he has worked so hard to earn, and he will be targeted for deportation from the only country he considers home.
The ad buy comes as momentum builds in Congress to pass a legislative solution for Dreamers before January 19. Since President Trump eliminated the DACA program in September, more than 16,000 Dreamers have lost work authorization and deportation protections — and that number will continue to grow until Congress takes action.
It will take time for the Department of Homeland Security to set up and implement any new program for Dreamers to apply for permanent protections, and for DHS to adjudicate those applications. Immigrant youth have shown incredible courage and love for their country each and every day, despite not knowing whether they’ll have permission to continue contributing in the near future. Congress must do right by them in January.