ICYMI: In Days Leading Up To Thanksgiving, Dreamers Give Back To Their Communities

Posted by FWD.us Press on 11/22/2017

This week, Dreamers across the country are engaging in service opportunities to help their neighbors and communities leading up to Thanksgiving. Service opportunities Dreamers have led include distributing meals to families in need at the annual Feed-A-Family event in Denver, working at the Cabrini Immigrant Services Food Pantry in New York City, and helping to assemble care packet bags with medicine, first aid, warm socks and hygienic products in Auburn, California.

 

As Dreamers continue to contribute to their communities, they also anxiously await a permanent legislative solution that will protect them from deportation and allow them to continue living and working in the country they call home. Members of Congress will head home for the holidays in less than three weeks, and as each day passes without a floor vote on Dreamer legislation, our nation moves closer to funding the deportation of America’s Dreamers.

 

Without Dreamer legislation fully passed and implemented before March 6, starting on that day and every single business day after that for the next nine months, more than 1,700 Dreamers will be stripped of their ability to work, making them priorities for deportation. In total, roughly 800,000 individuals, who are currently employed and contributing as productive members of the American workforce ,would lose their work authorization and could be fired over the course of two years.

 

Highlights from events include:
  • Denver Feed-A-Family Event: On Saturday, November 18, in partnership with CUDreamers, 30 Dreamers and allies of the Denver immigrant community volunteered at the Epworth Foundation’s annual Feed-A-Family event, where they helped package 6,500 boxes of food which will be distributed to families in need.
Upcoming Events:
  • Texas Turkey Trot Dreamer Water Station: On Thanksgiving Day, Dreamers will be volunteering at the annual Texas Turkey Trot in Austin by distributing water to participating runners.
  • Day of Service – Park Clean Up: On Saturday, November 25, Lambda Theta Phi, ATL Dreamers and FWD.us will be participating in a clean-up at Grant Park Conservancy in Atlanta, GA.
  • Dreamers Give Back – City Harvest: On Saturday, November 25The Active Citizen is partnering with City Harvest to address hunger in New York City. Dreamers will be volunteering at a mobile market to provide fruits and vegetables to low-income communities.

Dreamers Across the Country Volunteer in Their Local Communities Ahead of Thanksgiving Holiday

Posted by FWD.us Press on 11/20/2017

WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Dreamers across the country are volunteering in their local communities leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, engaging in service to their neighbors. Service opportunities Dreamers have led or will be leading include those such as Denver, Colorado’s annual Feed-A-Family event, working at the Cabrini Immigrant Services Food Pantry in New York, and participating in the Dreamers Give Back: A Service & Advocacy event in Auburn, California.

At the very same time that Dreamers are serving their communities, they face an urgent deadline waiting for Members of Congress to pass a permanent legislative solution that would protect them from deportation, being ripped out of the American workforce and separated from their families. Members will leave for the remainder of the year in only three weeks, and the threat to nearly 800,000 hardworking Dreamers is growing by the day.

An overwhelming majority of the American public continues to demonstrate unwavering support for protecting Dreamers, most of whom have known no other country as home, and dozens of congressional Republicans have made renewed calls on their colleagues to act in recent days.

Highlights of several ongoing service events are included below:

Denver Feed-A-Family Event

DENVER, CO: On Saturday, November 18, in partnership with CUDreamers, 30 Dreamers and allies of the Denver immigrant community volunteered at the Epworth Foundation’s annual Feed-A-Family event, where they helped package 6,500 boxes of food which will be distributed to families in need.

 

Dreamers Give Back with Cabrini Immigrant Food Services Food Pantry

 

NEW YORK, NY: On Monday, November 20, Dreamers volunteered at Cabrini Immigration Services Food Pantry, which serves over 700 families from the neighborhood each month, to help organize their weekly food pantry for their neighbors in need.

 

Dreamers Give Back: A Service & Advocacy Event

AUBURN, CA: On Monday, November 20, California Dreamers will sponsor a service and advocacy postcard writing at Crooked Lane Brewing Company, where volunteers will be assembling care packets for the homeless and low-income families. Community members will also participate by writing postcards to their Member of Congress, calling for passage of the Dream Act by the end of this year.

 

We are thankful for Dreamers who have dedicated so much to helping others and giving back to the country during events this week. Their meaningful contributions have left positive impacts on local communities across the nation.

More Than 100 Business Leaders, Dreamers Meet with Members of Congress to Push For Swift Passage of Dream Act

Posted by FWD.us Press on 11/17/2017

Dreamers from 40 companies – including IBM, LinkedIn, Microsoft – call for permanent legislative solution this year

WASHINGTON, DC – This week, more than 100 business leaders and Dreamers flew to Washington, DC, to meet with Members of Congress and highlight the urgent need to pass the Dream Act before the end of the year. Participants included employees from 40 companies across the country, including IBM, LinkedIn, and Microsoft.

The more than 100 Dreamers and business leaders in attendance came from a diverse range of backgrounds representing 17 states, including Arkansas, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, and California.

Highlights of the fly-in included:
  • FWD.us President Todd Schulte and Dreamer Diego Quiñones, an entrepreneur who runs a pallet shipment company in Arkansas, speaking about the urgent need for Congress to pass a Dream Act in 2017, live from the U.S. Capitol.

Dreamers are economic multipliers who help drive the U.S. economy forward, helping to grow the American tax base and strengthening our middle class. Kicking Dreamers out of the workforce will result in more than $460 billion in lost GDP over the next decade, a devastating blow to our economy. In contrast, estimates show that passing a Dream Act that creates an earned pathway to citizenship for Dreamers could add as much as $1 trillion to the national GDP over a decade.

Business Leaders to Visit Capitol Hill to Ask Lawmakers to Pass a Permanent Solution for Dreamers Before Year-End

Posted on 11/15/2017

Companies from across the country to join fly-in to highlight positive impact of Dreamers on American businesses and the U.S. economy

WASHINGTON, DC – This week executives from some of the largest companies in the nation will travel to Washington with their Dreamer employees to urge lawmakers to pass legislation that would permanently shield Dreamers from deportation. Among the nearly 100 participants who attended, companies represented include Microsoft, IBM and LinkedIn, among others.

Nearly 100 business leaders and Dreamers will meet with Members of Congress and staff to highlight the positive impact Dreamers have on businesses and the U.S. economy. With their work permits, the majority of America’s Dreamers have become gainfully employed – many at several major companies in America – and they help grow the American tax base by paying billions of dollars in federal, state and local taxes. Roughly 6% are entrepreneurs who have launched businesses and employ U.S. citizen workers.

A new study released this week by FWD.us found that if a Dream Act is not passed and implemented by March 5, nearly 300,000 DACA recipients, 1,700 per business day, will be removed from the workforce between March 6th and November 6th. Kicking Dreamers out of the workforce will result in more than $460 billion in lost GDP over the next decade, a devastating blow to our economy. In contrast, new estimates show that passing a Dream Act that creates an earned pathway to citizenship for Dreamers could add as much as $1 trillion to the national GDP over a decade.

Dreamers will also participate in a press conference hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and key business leaders have urged Congress to pass a legislative solution for Dreamers this year.

“The clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of people who have become an integral part of our communities and economy,” said Neil Bradley, senior vice president and chief policy officer for the U.S. Chamber. “A failure to achieve a meaningful solution for DACA would have a negative impact on our economy and our society. It is unthinkable for a nation of immigrants to fail to address this crisis before these hardworking people are forced out their jobs, schools, and communities.”

“Every day Dreamers make positive contributions to our company and our economy,” said IBM Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Christopher Padilla. “We have over 30 Dreamers who work at IBM, and I’ve had the chance to meet many of them over the past couple weeks when they’ve come to DC to share their stories directly with Members of Congress. They work in fields ranging from software development to sales to technical support, and one IBM Dreamer recently worked around-the-clock remote shifts to keep our Cloud support operations running when Hurricane Harvey hit Houston. IBM stands by our Dreamers and we are encouraging Congress to pass legislation before the end of the year that would allow these young men and women to continue living and working in the only country many of them have ever known.”

“This is an urgent crisis, but also a real opportunity. Dreamers are making every sector of the economy stronger, they’re contributing in every state of the country and they make our nation stronger,” stated FWD.us President Todd Schulte. “We’re urging every Member of Congress to take a stand with Dreamers and pass a permanent legislative solution this year so that they can continue contributing to our economy and live free from the fear of deportation.”

“Passing a permanent legislative solution is essential to my future as an entrepreneur in the United States. I came to this country when I was only a year old and I have only know this country to be my home. This is where I learned to read, to speak, where I went to school and where I have begun my career. My dreams and aspirations are unique, but there 800,000 others who are faced with the same fear that the temporary protections we earned will expire and the futures we worked so hard to create will be gone. I ask Members of Congress to help Dreamers and to pass a permanent legislative solution before the end of this year,” said Dreamer Javier Velasquez.