Senators Durbin & Graham Join More Than 100 Dreamers to Push for Dream Act

Posted by FWD.us Press on 10/04/2017

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Dick Durbin and Senator Lindsey Graham today joined more than 100 Dreamers to call on their colleagues to join them in supporting the Dream Act, which would provide a permanent legislative solution for DACA recipients, providing protection from deportation and work authorization for these hardworking young people.

More than 100 Dreamers from 25 states across the country have been in Washington, DC, this week to call on their members of Congress to pass the Dream Act, which would allow them to continue working, studying, and paying taxes in the only country they know as home. The fly-in has allowed dozens of members of Congress and their staffs to hear the diverse and inspiring stories of Dreamers first-hand.

“The clock is ticking for the hundreds of thousands of talented young people who have grown up in America and know no other country. Listen to their stories—but for their immigration status, any one of these young people could be my children or yours. I’ll do everything in my power to protect these Dreamers and give them the chance to become American citizens so they can contribute to a brighter future for all Americans. I call on my colleagues to help,” said Senator Dick Durbin.

“These young people have lived in America since they were children and built their lives here,” said Senator Lindsey Graham. “There is support across the country for allowing Dreamers – who have records of achievement – to stay, work, and reach their full potential. Our legislation would allow these young people – who grew up in the United States – to contribute more fully to the country they love. They have a powerful story to tell and this may be an area where both parties can come together.”

“I was 9 years old when I came to the United States with my family, fleeing political instability and to pursue the American Dream. As an automotive engineer in R&D, I love that everyday I am at the forefront of American innovation creating new technology for the cars we build,” said Nathali Bertran, a Dreamer living and working in Columbus, Ohio. “Losing DACA is not just about me and my career: so many people have invested in me to make my dreams come true, and it’s important to me that I can stay in my country and give back, but the only way for that to happen is for Congress to pass the Dream Act without delay.”

“DACA has allowed me to pursue my dreams of working at a hospital, which has allowed me to pay for the pre-med classes I am currently taking at Oklahoma State University,” said Dreamer Jesus Perez of Tulsa, Oklahoma. “I love helping my patients feel comfortable and get the care they need in very scary moments in their lives. When my DACA protections end, I would lose my job and won’t be able to pay for class, putting my dreams and the care of patients at my hospital on hold. If the Dream Act passes, I’ll be able to continue my studies, apply for medical school, and become the cardiothoracic surgeon I know I am meant to be.”

“We’re very grateful to Senators Durbin and Graham for their leadership on the Dream Act, and for their commitment to the fight ahead on this clear bipartisan solution,” said Maria Praeli, a Dreamer and FWD.us policy associate. “We need Senate and House leadership to bring this to a vote immediately, and we know we can do this if we keep pushing together.”

The 100+ Dreamers participating include those from a diverse range of backgrounds, such as individuals working as teachers and engineers, working in medical and scientific fields, and studying in undergraduate or advanced degree programs. A number of Dreamers come from mixed-status families, and some are mothers and fathers to U.S. citizen children. All have been here since a young age and are active in their communities, such as in local houses of worship, as mentors, and on sports teams.

After the Trump Administration rescinded DACA on September 5, nearly 700,000 DACA recipients could face deportation if Congress does not pass a permanent legislative solution.

WEDNESDAY: Senators Durbin & Graham Join More Than 100 Dreamers to Push for the Dream Act

Posted by FWD.us Press on 10/03/2017

On Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 2:00 PM ET at the Senate outdoor press conference location, a bipartisan group of elected representatives, including Senator Dick Durbin and Senator Lindsey Graham, will stand alongside more than 100 Dreamers to call on their colleagues to join them in supporting the Dream Act, which would protect DACA recipients, and provide protection from deportation and work authorization for these hardworking young people.

The more than 100 Dreamers from 25 states across the country are in Washington to call on their members of Congress to pass the Dream Act, which would allow them to continue working, studying, and paying taxes in the only country they know as home. The fly-in will allow members of Congress and their offices to hear the stories of Dreamers first-hand.

The 100+ Dreamers participating include a diverse range of backgrounds, such as individuals working as teachers and engineers, working in medical and scientific fields, and studying in undergraduate or advanced degree programs. A number of Dreamers come from mixed-status families, and some are mothers and fathers to U.S. citizen children. All have been here since a young age and are active in their communities, such as in local houses of worship, as mentors, and on sports teams.

After the Trump Administration rescinded DACA on September 5, nearly 700,000 DACA recipients could face deportation if Congress does not pass a permanent legislative solution.

SPEAKERS:
  • Senator Dick Durbin and Senator Lindsey Graham
  • 3 Dreamer Fly-In Participants

WHAT: Press Conference to Push for Legislation Protecting Dreamers

WHEN: Wednesday, October 4, 2:00 PM ET

WHERE: Senate Outdoor Press Conference Location (Senate “Swamp”)

FWD.us Statement on Introduction of the Solution for Undocumented Children through Careers, Employment, Education, and Defending our Nation (SUCCEED) Act

Posted by FWD.us Press on 09/25/2017

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte released the following statement today after Republican Senator Thom Tillis introduced the SUCCEED Act in the Senate, which allows hardworking young people who arrived in the U.S. as minors to adjust their status if they can meet certain employment, educational, or military requirements, and pass a background check:

“We’re encouraged to see Senator Tillis, Senator Lankford, and Senator Hatch join President Trump and the 75% of Republicans who want Congress to pass legislation to allow Dreamers to stay permanently in the only country they know as home. No legislation is perfect, but it is critical that any bill that makes its way to the President’s desk ensures due process protections for these hardworking young people, and includes a reasonable pathway to citizenship. We need to be clear that talk and assurances mean nothing without a law signed into place, and we urge every single member of Congress to cosponsor bipartisan legislation to protect Dreamers without delay.”

Growing List of Now Nearly 800 Business Leaders from Every Sector of the Economy Call On Congress to Protect Dreamers

Posted by FWD.us Press on 09/20/2017

Number of Business Leader Signatories More Than Doubles Since Initial Letter Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, nearly 800 entrepreneurs and business leaders from across the country and representing every major sector of the economy released an open letter calling on Congress to pass the bipartisan Dream Act or a permanent a legislative solution that provides Dreamers raised in our country the solution they deserve. Businesses leaders from manufacturing, retail, agriculture, technology, financial services, entertainment, health care, energy and utilities, and every major sector of the economy signed the letter urging Congress to act on this urgent issue.

The first letter was released with just over 350 signatures, and now the combined list of unique signatories between the two letters has reached nearly 800 – more than double the original – as momentum grows for Congress to bring a Dream Act or a permanent legislative solution that Dreamers deserve to a vote.

The letter and current signatory list can be found here. The letter will remain open and those who wish to sign in the future can do so here.

Full text:

Open Letter from the Leaders of Industry

To: Speaker Paul Ryan; Leader Nancy Pelosi; Leader Mitch McConnell; and Leader Charles E. Schumer

With the rescission of the DACA program, it is urgent that Congress immediately pass the bipartisan Dream Act – or similar legislation – that gives Dreamers the permanent legislative solution they deserve.

Without a permanent legislative solution before next March, roughly 800,000 DACA recipients will lose their ability to work and study legally, will be forced from their jobs, and will be subject to immediate deportation. Further, without congressional action, our economy would lose $460.3 billion from the national GDP and $24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions.

Congressional action and a permanent legislative solution is the only path forward to prevent these devastating consequences. This is urgent, and we only have a few months to act.

All DACA recipients grew up in America, registered with our government, submitted to extensive background checks, and are diligently giving back to our communities and paying income taxes. More than 97 percent are in school or in the workforce, 5 percent started their own business, 65 percent have purchased a vehicle, and 16 percent have purchased their first home. At least 72 percent of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies count DACA recipients among their employees.

Dreamers are vital to the future of our companies and our economy. With them, we grow and create jobs. They are part of why we will continue to have a global competitive advantage.
We urge both parties in Congress to work together to pass the bipartisan Dream Act or similar legislation that gives Dreamers the permanent legislation they deserve.