ICYMI: Bipartisan Group of Former DHS Secretaries Send Letter to Congressional Leadership Urging Passage of Dreamer Legislation by January 19

Posted by FWD.us Press on 01/19/2018

Today is the last day lawmakers can pass legislation to protect Dreamers and ensure that USCIS has the time it needs to implement what Congress passes by the March 5deadline put forward by the Trump Administration. Without congressional action, hundreds of thousands of Dreamers face deportation to countries they have no memory of.

Earlier this month, a bipartisan group of former Secretaries of the Department of Homeland Security sent a letter to congressional leaders urging lawmakers to pass legislation to protect Dreamers by January 19. In the letter, Secretaries Michael Chertoff, Janet Napolitano, and Jeh Johnson — appointed during the Bush and Obama Administrations — wrote that:

“There is a misconception that because President Trump rescinded the program in a fashion where the number of individuals losing DACA escalates dramatically starting March 5th, there is no urgency about addressing Dreamer’s status or that this executive authorization can be further extended. In fact, DACA has been rescinded and legislation is the only permanent way to prevent these Dreamers from losing work authorization and becoming subject to immediate deportation.”

They write that January 19 “should be seen as an actual best-case deadline based on our collective experience with these administrative and security requirements.” Congress must act to protect Dreamers now.

ICYMI: New Bipartisan Legislation Would Provide Certainty, Earned Pathway to Citizenship for America’s Dreamers

Posted by FWD.us Press on 01/17/2018

Representatives Will Hurd (R-TX) and Pete Aguilar (D-CA) yesterday introduced the bipartisan USA Act, which strengthens border security and creates an earned pathway to citizenship for America’s Dreamers. The legislation would provide certainty and clarity to hundreds of thousands of Dreamers and their loved ones who worry every day whether they’ll be able to continue living, working and serving their communities in the only country they know as home.


The bipartisan USA Act has the support of 50 original co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle.


Since September 5, more than 16,000 Dreamers have lost work authorization and deportation protections. Without congressional action, hundreds of thousands of Dreamers will fall out of status this year, placing them at immediate risk of deportation from the only country they know as home. Dreamers have shown incredible courage and love for their country each and every day, despite not knowing whether they will have permission to continue contributing in the near future. Congress must do right by them in January.


Below please find quotes from lawmakers on the new bipartisan USA Act:


Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX): “After multiple attempts to find a solution, it’s time to narrow our strategy. Our plan offers a permanent legislative solution for children who came here of no fault of their own – while achieving operational control of the border by 2020. Americans are tired of partisan gridlock. They deserve solutions. This is about Congress doing our job and it proves that R’s and D’s are willing to work together to unite and secure America.”


Congressman Pete Aguilar (D-CA): “For too long, Congress has asked hundreds of thousands of young people to put their lives on hold while we play politics with their futures. This bill represents a real bipartisan compromise that will provide a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers, and allow for a reasonable approach to securing our border. One of my top priorities is to ensure that these young people can continue the lives they’ve built here, and the USA Act will do just that.”


Congressman Jeff Denham (R-CA): “The government asked Dreamers to come out of the shadows, and it’s time for Congress to pass legislation that will allow them to truly move forward with their lives. The only way to accomplish this is through compromise that includes border security measures. DACA recipients are American in every way possible except on paper. They have paid their fees, passed background checks and are working, pursuing college degrees, or serving in our military to contribute to the greatness of America.”


Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM): “Democrats and Republicans stand united with the overwhelming majority of Americans who oppose deporting Dreamers. There is nothing political or partisan about protecting Dreamers, in fact there is agreement and bipartisanship because we all recognize the important contributions that these young people are making to our communities and our country. The USA Act is fair, bipartisan, targeted legislation that provides Dreamers with certainty, enacts common sense border security measures, and should be passed without delay.”
Congresswoman Mia Love (R-UT): “I’m proud of the work we’ve done on this important cause. The USA Act represents a strong bipartisan compromise that would provide a lasting fix for DACA recipients as well as enhanced border security. Congress has kicked the can to the end of the road, and the American people want action. This is the right way forward, and I hope to see it used as the starting point as a final product begins to take form in the coming days.”


Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX): “As we face another government shutdown, it is clear that we are long overdue in providing a solution for hundreds of thousands of hardworking immigrants across the United States. As someone who lives on the border and understands the border, I am glad to see that the USA Act will also implement necessary commonsense border security measures that will keep our borders and citizens safe.  I believe that this bipartisan bill is an important step in addressing concerns regarding immigration, border security, and DACA, and I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in congress on these key issues.”


Congressman David Valadao (R-CA): “With the March deadline quickly approaching, it is more critical than ever that Congress come together to provide a legal path forward for Dreamers. The USA Act is a reasonable, bipartisan solution to ensure these young people may remain in the only home they know, the United States.”

FWD.us Statement on New Bipartisan Legislation, Growing Momentum to Protect Dreamers

Posted by FWD.us Press on 01/16/2018

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement today on the introduction of new bipartisan legislation that creates an earned pathway to citizenship for Dreamers:

“We are incredibly encouraged that a bipartisan group of 40 lawmakers came together over the weekend to produce a tailored bill to protect Dreamers and increase border security. We want to thank Representatives Will Hurd (R-TX), Jeff Denham (R-CA), Pete Aguilar (D-CA) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) and others for their leadership to strengthen border security and to protect Dreamers from deportation. Their bill will provide certainty and clarity to hundreds of thousands of Dreamers and their loved ones who worry every day whether they’ll be able to continue living, working, and serving their communities in the only country they know as home. This bill strengthens border security – after a decade of substantial investments that have already dramatically reduced apprehensions to the lowest levels in modern history – and it will build on that progress.

“We believe this legislation would pass with well over 218 votes in the House and over 60 votes in the Senate if brought to the floor right now. We are at a critical point for Dreamers, and for the future of our country: while 122 Dreamers are falling out of status every single day, that number will escalate exponentially if Congress fails to pass legislation and gives DHS sufficient time to implement any new program. America is Dreamers’ home. The time to pass legislation to protect Dreamers is now.”

ICYMI: In Light of President Trump's Comments, Evangelical Leaders Urge Solution for Dreamers

Posted by FWD.us Press on 01/15/2018

Wanted to make sure you’d seen this joint statement issued today from the seven national Christian organizations comprising the leadership of the Evangelical Immigration Table, stating that Congress should “work together for a solution for Dreamers.”

In the statement, the faith leaders write: “We hope and pray that [President Trump] will join the good-faith efforts of a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators to allow Dreamers to continue to work lawfully and contribute in the United States while also improving border security. … We commend these Senators for their efforts and urge them to keep working.”

Press release below.

For Immediate Release
January 14, 2018

In Light of President Trump’s Comments, Evangelical Leaders Urge Solution for Dreamers
Today, executives from the seven national Christian organizations that form the leadership of the Evangelical Immigration Table released a statement regarding recent reported comments from President Trump and the bipartisan Congressional negotiations over a legislative solution for recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
This joint statement follows additional statements on this topic from Evangelical Immigration Table organizations, including the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and World Relief.

“Jesus emerged from the despised and disregarded town of Nazareth, a reminder that we ought never pre-judge any person based on his or her community of origin,” they write. “These biblical values inform our national values as well. The United States was founded upon the conviction that all people are created equal—though, as Martin Luther King, Jr. reminded our country, we have not always lived up to that truth.

“Our president reportedly made statements recently that stand in opposition to these core biblical and American values. The President has now denied some of the reported language. We would hope that nothing approaching what was reported would ever be said by an American leader.”
The statement then calls upon Congress to work together for a solution for Dreamers.
Following initial reports on Jan. 11, the president’s remarks have been met with dismay across the faith community. The following are quotes from other evangelical leaders:

 Mark Labberton, President of Fuller Theological Seminary:

“As a fellow human being, as a citizen of the United States, as a seminary president, and specially as a disciple of Jesus Christ, I am horrified by and ashamed of Trump’s comments about Haiti and African countries, and their peoples…May this moment awaken a profound national lament, true repentance of racist hearts, and a fresh commitment to personal and systemic change that honors all human beings as creatures made in the image of God.”

Eugene Cho, Lead Pastor of Quest Church in Seattle, Washington:

“God loves the nations. The Scriptures make this clear. No one – let alone, the leader of a country – should ever disparage other nations with such a disgusting comment. To Haiti & many countries of Africa: We are so sorry. Please accept our apologies on behalf of President Trump.”

Ann Voskamp, Bestselling Christian Author:

“It’s not political but biblical to stand & say it is indefensible, incomprehensible, reprehensible & completely unacceptable to profanely disdain countries of People of Color, but entertain welcoming people of blonde hair. Demonizing people is the 1st step to justifying anything.”