Statement on Donald Trump's Immigration Speech

Posted by FWD.us on 08/31/2016

WASHINGTON, DC — Following Donald Trump’s immigration and national security speech in Phoenix, Arizona, which outlined the principles of his immigration plan, FWD.us President Todd Schulte released the following statement:

“We were hopeful that Mr. Trump would lay out a practical plan to stop future illegal immigration and provide a realistic solution for those currently living here without status.  Unfortunately, Mr. Trump failed on both accounts, continuing to embrace the deportation of all undocumented immigrants as the core principle of his immigration plan, while proposing to radically restrict legal immigration as well.  These policies are not only out of step with American values and American voters, but would risk our national security and jeopardize our economic prosperity.”

Support for Commonsense Immigration Reform

Posted by Todd Schulte on 08/31/2016

It’s our job to lay out the sort of policy we want to see to fix our broken immigration system – and it’s our job as a bipartisan advocacy organization to call balls and strikes and push everyone for real policy solutions.

10 days ago, Donald Trump said he was perhaps considering a change in his immigration policy. To date, there has been no real policy shift.

Tonight is the speech his campaign has said to watch for any changes – and we will be watching which the expectation for real policy details, not just different terms and rhetoric.

We need policy details and not rhetoric. That’s because the numbers are clear: A majority of voters – from across the political spectrum – support a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

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76% of Republicans, 85% of Independents, and 91% of Democrats reject mass deportation, according to a Gallup poll released last month.

Throughout the presidential campaign, we have heard a lot of talk about immigration – but what shouldn’t be lost is the fact that there is broad support from across the political spectrum for commonsense immigration reform that secures the border, provides a path to legal status for the undocumented and strengthens our economy.

 

New White House Proposal to Welcome International Entrepreneurs

Posted by The FWD.us Team on 08/26/2016

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced a proposal for a new rule, which will allow the world’s most talented entrepreneurs to start and scale the next generation of innovative companies in the United States.

Statement from FWD.us President Todd Schulte:

“Ensuring that our immigration system allows the best and the brightest foreign-born entrepreneurs to start companies and create jobs in the United States is absolutely critical. We’re excited to see the White House announcement of their new International Entrepreneur Rule that will make it possible for talented entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses here.

“Today’s announcement is a draft rule — that means we need people to weigh in on the policy to make sure it’s going to work best to help entrepreneurs create more jobs. The International Entrepreneur Rule can be a big win for the tech and business community, and for the economy on the whole. Immigrants have long been an economic multiplier for the United States, and we will continue to support efforts to enhance immigration options for innovators and job creators.”

FWD.us Taps Senior Strategist Trevor Kincaid to Lead Communications Team

Posted by The FWD.us Team on 08/25/2016

FWD.us adds strength to communications efforts in the fight to pass commonsense immigration reform in 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us is excited to announce the hire of Trevor Kincaid as Senior Communications Strategist. He will be based out of the organization’s Washington, DC, office.

Kincaid will join the senior staff and leadership team at FWD.us, where he will oversee the development and implementation of the organization’s communications strategy.  His addition brings considerable strength and depth to FWD.us’ growing team ahead of the 2016 election, and push to make immigration reform a reality in 2017.

“Trevor’s leadership experience and strong communications background are a great addition to our senior staff team,” said FWD.us President Todd Schulte. “Trevor has a breadth of experience on the Hill working for both the Senate and the House that will support our efforts to pass bipartisan immigration reform legislation in 2017.”

Kincaid brings more than a decade of communications experience to FWD.us, having led high profile communications efforts on Capitol Hill and for multiple nonprofit organizations. He also oversaw communications for Senate and House campaigns.

Immediately before joining FWD.us, Kincaid served as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative at the White House, where he directed communications and messaging for President Obama’s trade, investment and development agenda.

Prior to serving in the Obama Administration, Kincaid worked as Sen. Claire McCaskill’s Communications Director in the Senate and Communications Director for Sen. Michael Bennet’s successful 2010 campaign in Colorado.

“FWD.us is a leader in the immigration reform effort and has been truly transformational in the push to pass commonsense legislation,” said Kincaid. “I’m excited to join the exceptionally talented team and begin the work of making immigration reform a reality. Over the next several months, we will continue working to establish FWD.us as the premiere, bipartisan resource for accurate analysis and responsible solutions in the immigration reform debate.”