New Presidential Swing State Poll Shows Opposition To Trump Immigration Platform

Posted by FWD.us on 07/18/2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 18, 2016

Media Contact: Leezia Dhalla, leezia@fwd.us

FWD.us Releases New Presidential Swing State Poll Outlining Voter Opposition to Trump Immigration Platform

New Poll in Colorado, Florida & Nevada Highlights Negative Voter Views on Key 2016 Issue

WASHINGTON D.C. – As the Republican National Convention begins in Cleveland, FWD.us  today released the results of a new, bipartisan swing state poll that highlights how out-of-step presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s views on immigration reform are with voters, and how they are harming Republican efforts to win the White House in November.   

Top pollsters Jefrey Pollock of Global Strategy Group and Jon Lerner of Basswood Research recently conducted a bipartisan poll of 600 likely November 2016 voters in Colorado, Florida and Nevada and among other things, Clinton leads by double digits among Independent voters (44% Clinton/33% Trump), with roughly two-thirds of Independents opposing Trump’s plans to round up and deport all immigrants living here illegally (67%), revoke citizenship from U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants (67%), temporarily ban foreign-born Muslims from entering the United States (67%), and build a wall across the southern border (65%).

“It’s clear that Donald Trump’s views on immigration are not only wildly out-of-step with a strong majority of Independent voters in this country, but are also out-of-step with a majority of the Republican Party,” Todd Schulte, President of FWD.us said today.  “The mass deportation of all 11 million undocumented immigrants is the central tenet of Trump’s immigration plans and with 66% of voters disapproving, that means roughly 7 in 10 voters show this a huge voting issue hurting Trump. The reality is that a strong majority of Americans reject his anti-immigrant rhetoric, reject his mass deportation policy and support commonsense immigration reform.”

FWD.us released the following memo from Pollock and Lerner today:

 

TO: Interested Parties

FROM: Global Strategy Group & Basswood Research

DATE: July 18, 2016

RE: New Poll Results – Swing State Voters Reject Donald Trump’s Immigration Platform

Voters in key swing states oppose every major element of Donald Trump’s immigration plan with strong intensity. Trump’s immigration stances are roundly rejected by Independent voters and also alienate large numbers of battleground Republicans. By comparison, swing state voters from every party overwhelmingly support comprehensive immigration reform that would both increase border security and create an earned pathway to citizenship.

Key findings from a recent bipartisan poll conducted by Democratic polling firm Global Strategy Group and Republican polling firm Basswood Research of 600 likely November 2016 voters in Colorado, Florida, and Nevada are as follows:

KEY SURVEY FINDINGS:

  • Voters reject every plank of Trump’s immigration platform: Battleground voters oppose every major immigration policy put forward by Trump with clear intensity, including:
    • Rounding up and deporting all immigrants living here illegally (66% oppose, 49% oppose strongly)
    • Revoking citizenship from children of immigrants living here illegally (65% oppose, 49% strongly)
    • Temporarily banning foreign Muslims from entering the United States (55% oppose, 43% strongly)
    • Building a wall across the entire U.S.-Mexico border (54% oppose, 44% strongly)
  • In a tight race, persuadable voters split sharply with Trump on immigration: The race is within three points across the states polled (45% Clinton/42% Trump). Clinton leads by double digits among Independent voters (44% Clinton/33% Trump), with roughly two-thirds of Independents opposing Trump’s plans to round up and deport all immigrants living here illegally (67%), revoke citizenship from children of immigrants living here illegally (67%), temporarily ban foreign Muslims from entering the United States (67%), and build a wall across the southern border (65%).
  • Trump’s immigration stances alienate a wide segment of his own party: Nearly one-third (32%) of Republican voters have unfavorable opinions of Trump, and these “Non-Trump Republicans” widely disapprove of their candidate’s immigration policies. Within this segment:
    • 78% oppose rounding up and deporting all immigrants living here illegally (56% strongly oppose)
    • 69% oppose revoking citizenship from children of immigrants living here illegally (46% strongly)
    • 64% oppose building a southern border wall (54% strongly)
    • 62% oppose a temporary ban on foreign Muslims entering the country (31% strongly)
  • Voters overwhelmingly support comprehensive immigration reform: Over three-quarters (77%) support a proposal to increase border security and create an earned pathway to citizenship for immigrants living here illegally. Support for the proposal is unchanged from polling last October among this same battleground voter universe (also 77%), and extends across partisan lines with clear majorities of Democrats (83%), Independents (78%), and Republicans (69%) in favor.

 

ABOUT THIS POLL

Global Strategy Group and Basswood Research conducted a survey from July 5-10, 2016 among 600 likely November 2016 voters in Colorado, Florida, and Nevada. Results have a margin of error of +/-4.0%, and care has been taken to ensure the geographic and demographic divisions of the electorate are properly represented based on past voter turnout statistics.

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Overlooked–But Important–Issue with The Republican Platform Committee’s Plan to Revoke The 2012 DACA

Posted by Todd Schulte on 07/14/2016

I want to highlight something that’s important, unnecessary and flew under the radar this week.
On Tuesday, the 2016 Republican National Convention Committee on Resolutions–known more commonly as the Republican platform committee–voted as its official policy to end the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). It is one thing to disagree with the DACA policy in principle or in the abstract or the expansion of DACA and the DAPA program. It is something else entirely to promise to proactively disrupt and harm the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people who have already enrolled into this program.
Because we should be clear what this means is effectively restarting the deportation of hundreds of thousands of DREAMers who volunteered their information to pass a background check. And I will tell you that based on conversations with dozens of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, people were not aware of this week’s development and when they heard, all said it did not represent their values.
In the four years since the DACA program was created, roughly 750,000 DREAMers–undocumented immigrants who came to this country as kids–have been able to come out of the shadows and contribute more fully to society. They have registered with the government, successfully passed background checks and, as a result, have entered our nation’s workforce with temporary work authorization and deportation relief. FWD.us is proud to employ multiple DACA recipients and our organization wouldn’t be the same without them.
These DREAMers are students, kids, workers, job creators and people who no longer have to worry that any contact with police automatically means their deportation. They are paying often huge amounts to go to school, paying taxes, buying homes, supporting their family members and dealing with other responsibilities that many Americans take for granted.
When you call for the immediate end to the DACA program, the peace of mind of these young people ends–and the government will have, in its possession, contact info volunteered by these individuals for the purpose of passing background checks. This is not constructive policy both morally and economically.
The DACA program is built out of conservative principles–it’s the idea that if you work hard, you can achieve the American dream. Tell me this: What is conservative about telling a business owner he can no longer hire his critical employees who help build his company? What is conservative about building a police state to round up young people who came to the U.S. as children? What is conservative about deporting software engineers and other workers who have the critical skills needed to grow our economy?
The DACA program is a transformative success. Nevertheless, even in its success, it’s absolutely no substitute for the permanent legislative solution we need. We need to modernize our legal immigration system to fit the needs of today’s economy. We need to secure the border, and we need a process where those living here illegally can get right with the law and eventually gain permanent legal status.
Regardless of how you feel about expanded DACA and DAPA–programs in which no one has currently enrolled–the idea that we are going to immediately revoke DACA and begin deportations of DREAMers is morally wrong. It’s simply bad policy. We need serious policy positions that will help keep the American dream alive–and the only way to achieve that permanently is through a sensible legislative solution.
Today, we met with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who are taking this seriously and have committed to pushing for sensible bipartisan solutions in 2017.

New York is a City of Immigrants

Posted on 07/13/2016

This morning, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito delivered a speech to The Association for a Better New York where she spoke about New York’s long history as a city of immigrants, the economic impact of undocumented immigrants on New York City’s economy and rejected the absurdity of Donald Trump’s mass deportation “plans.”

Below is the text of her speech and reaction from Twitter.


 

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito

Remarks as Prepared For Delivery to The Association for a Better New York

July 13, 2016

New York is a city of immigrants.

Our past, our present, and our future are intertwined with the immigrant experience.

It is a story of women… men… and children from every corner of the globe who have journeyed to our city in search of opportunity.

Together, immigrants built the undisputed capital of the world.

It didn’t matter whether your path took you through Ellis Island… John F. Kennedy airport… on the famous Marine Tiger from San Juan….or  – perhaps–  a more difficult route.

People have come because New York is city that calls out to everyone.

We’re a city driven by innovation, by creativity and by people who dared to dream.

That is the immigrant experience.

Immigration is what keeps us young, keeps us vibrant, keeps us competitive and keeps us strong.

Their contributions to our city are seen, felt, and heard all around us. And the vibrancy of our music, food, and art all bear the signature of an immigrant experience that is uniquely New York.

As a famous fictionalized founding father says: Immigrants, they get the job done.

The New York City Council is proud to be a champion for immigrants.

In the absence of comprehensive federal action on immigration, the Council has been unafraid to lead.

We’ve limited our city’s interaction with ICE and removed them from Rikers Island.

We’ve expanded funding for legal services in immigration court, and stood up to protect day laborers.

We created a municipal ID card which is open to all, regardless of immigration status.

Today, IDNYC is the most successful program of its kind in the country.

And when unaccompanied minors started making their way to New York after escaping unspeakable violence, we didn’t turn our back on them- we opened our arms.

Today, the City Council ensures that every unaccompanied minor living in New York City has access to legal representation, as well as health and mental wellness services.

We took action for these unaccompanied minors because our shared humanity demanded it.

We could not ignore these children – or allow them to be forgotten, denigrated and sent back to nations consumed by violence.

They are New Yorkers- and care for our own.

Unfortunately, many don’t see their humanity.

Some even call them illegal.

And while no human is illegal, this strain of thinking has permeated the political discourse on immigration.

In the halls of Congress, some have called immigrants wetbacks, said they are diseased, or worse.

They have called to slash funding for cities with sensible and humanitarian-based immigration policies. They would rather tear families apart than keep them together.

The Presidential election has been no better.

The Republican primary was a race to see who could dehumanize immigrants the most.

End birthright citizenship? Sure.

Oppose the President’s deferred action plans? Of course.

Build a wall? Obviously.

It was a race to find the candidate most eager to strip immigrants of their dignity- -and the undisputed winner of that contest is Donald Trump.

From the moment he rode down his escalator, Donald Trump has built a platform expressly designed to drive us apart – he has run a campaign based on racism and xenophobia.

In Donald Trump’s world, Americans are to be divided up and criminalized by their race or religion – and he is both judge and jury.

He has tweeted anti-Semitic images…..

He has attacked a judge based on his ethnicity…..

And he has refused to condemn white supremacists that gleefully support him….

Of course, this is not terribly shocking coming from the man who was singularly obsessed with the conspiracy theory that President Obama was not born in the United States.

Or a man who thinks Latino outreach is tweeting a photo of himself with a taco bowl on Cinco de Mayo.

In fact, there have been only two constants throughout Donald Trump’s public life: repeated bankruptcies, and racism.

That racism has manifested in several ways: one has been his call for the mass deportation of all undocumented Americans, the other a ban on Muslims.

In Donald’s world, someone’s ethnicity can disqualify them from doing their job.  And their religion can disqualify them from coming to this country.

These policies share a commonality: they are both part of Donald Trump’s dystopian and paranoid image of what America is.

Mass deportation would rip people from their homes and tear communities’ and families apart.

These mass deportations would be a Trump-branded reign of terror.

And banning Muslims would set a religious test for immigration where none existed before.

These trample on civil liberties and insult the constitution of the United States of America.

But what about the local economic impact of mass deportations or a ban on Muslims?

Trump has built an empire by playing fast and loose with the numbers — and he has run an entire campaign by being fuzzy on the details.

What would happen under a Trump regime if a deportation force actually removed all undocumented Americans—and banned immigration and travel by Muslims?

How would New York City, as the financial capital of the world, home to world-class educational institutions, an ever-growing tech sector and a tourist destination for millions be affected?

We decided to figure it out – because numbers matter.

In short: Donald Trump’s plans would devastate New York City and State’s economy.

To start, it would cost between $400 and $600 billion – not including capital costs like additional facilities, and agents – to get Donald’s deportation plans even off the ground nationally.

When you consider New York’s share of federal tax collection, that means New York would be sending $49.2 billion to the federal government to pay for the deportations of fellow New Yorkers.

This is an astronomical amount of money.

It’s also astoundingly foolish.

Every day, tens of thousands of undocumented New Yorkers contribute to our local economy.

In New York City, undocumented New Yorkers contribute $793 million in state and local taxes – money that we need, and money that would disappear under a Trump regime.

The City would see employment decline by over 340,000 jobs – surpassing both the 2001 and 2008 recessions.

In total, the Gross City Product would decline by between $23.1 billion  $26.3billion.

That would be a 3% reduction in our Gross City Product.

The City’s economy would shrink because of Donald Trump.

And while Donald Trump could watch the ruin from high atop his tacky towers, his plans would have a devastating impact on real people, and would do great harm to the economy of our city.

The closer we look the more it becomes apparent that —shockingly—a con man and reality TV personality masquerading as a policy maker would drive New York’s economy into a ditch.

Meanwhile, granting legal status to undocumented immigrants would mean an additional $176 million in tax revenue for New York City and New York State from New York City residents.

Examining the impact of Donald Trump’s Muslim ban is a little more difficult -so we based our analysis on his statement from December 2015 which said: “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

Since then, Donald Trump has spouted various versions of his proposed ban.

But we do have broad understanding of what he’s calling for— and we do know who he is targeting — Muslim New Yorkers.

There are almost 263,000 New Yorkers who come from nations where at least 50% of the population is Muslim.

Of that population, nearly 157,000 are working—of these nearly 25,000 are self-employed.

Who are these Muslim New Yorkers? They are a snapshot of our city’s workforce….

33% are employed in industries like construction, manufacturing and public administration.

16% work in the retail and trade industry.

15% are in healthcare.

13% work in the accommodation or food service industry.

And there are nearly1,000 Muslim men and women who bravely serve as NYPD officers.

Overall, workers in New York City who were born in Muslim-majority countries contribute $14.2 billion annually to our local economy.

New York’s Muslim community is a vibrant, diverse, and growing population.

They are important to our economy and they are a key part of our city.

Tourism is another sector which would be hard hit under a ban.

New York City is the top-most destination for visitors from the Middle East to the United States, with over 45 percent of the market share.

320,000 tourists from the Middle East visited New York City in 2014, and spent approximately $1.2 billion.

Compared to other international travelers, Middle Eastern tourists spend twice as much on average.

And 70% of these visitors stayed in hotels during their visit to New York – a big source of revenue for Hotels across the City, and the City’s hotel tax.

This money- like the taxes from undocumented New Yorkers, or the jobs Muslim New Yorkers create– could vanish if Donald Trump got his way.

The numbers tell one story: Donald Trump’s racist fear-mongering proposals would hurt New York’s economy. And they prove beyond a doubt he is unqualified to be President.

Taken altogether, the human and economic costs of these proposals are undeniable and unjustifiable.

They would kill jobs, reduce our tax base, and lower our economic output. They would also make us unsafe.

But of course, this is about more than numbers.

This is about who we are as a people—and what we believe in.

It is easy to get lost in the numbers.

But these are real people … real families.

They are New Yorkers who live and work among us—many in this building right now.

Maybe… even in this room.

The rise of Donald Trump is a soul searching moment and a challenge to us as a City and a nation.

Do we really adhere to the ideals we were founded upon?

Or, are we willing to throw them away because a political strong-man says so.

This is no time for neutrality- and no time for equivocating.

Mass deportation and a ban on Muslims are beyond normal political discourse: it is a dangerous step which leads down a dark path.

The soul of our nation is at stake in this election.

In order to save it, we must be courageous — together. I ask that we all commit -or re-commit- to standing up to hateful policies and protecting the progress that we have fought so hard for.

We must find that courage in ourselves, so we can look beyond our differences …and see the humanity in one another.

New York is a symbiotic place — each part works together to ensure the success of the whole.

Whether you have immigration status or not. Whether you’ve come from a Muslim country or not. You are a New Yorker.

New York needs all of us now.

A better New York is not Donald Trump’s dystopian, fear-mongered New York.

A Better New York is a New York that recognizes ourselves in one another.

A New York which builds and grows together.

That embraces our diversity and harnesses it as a source of strength.

This is the New York we’re working towards.

And that’s the New York which ABNY is working towards.

We don’t need Donald Trump to make New York great again – we never stopped.

Thank you.

How the Tech Community is Celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month

Posted on 06/29/2016

Immigrant Heritage Month is a time to honor our shared immigrant heritage, and the individuals and communities who have contributed to the unique social fabric of our country.

The immigrant community is integral to the tech industry, and many tech leaders and companies across the country have joined in the celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month. Here are some great examples of how the tech community is celebrating and honoring Immigrant Heritage Month!

Tech Leaders

Brian Frumberg

Brian Frumberg is the founder of VentureOut, a company that focuses on helping promising startups get the connections and resources they need to succeed. In honor of Immigrant Heritage Month, Brian changed his Facebook profile picture using the #IAmAnImmigrant campaign meme generator. Not too mention, he’s been proudly rocking his #IAmAnImmigrant t-shirt!

Join Brian and other leaders: use the generator to change your profile picture and share the link to show your support for Immigrant Heritage Month!

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Fred Schmidt

Fred Schmidt has built and run multiple entertainment and technology businesses all across the U.S. and Europe, and continues to do so today through his consulting practice, Bullseye Business Development. He also currently works as the International Director at Capital Factory: the hub for Austin’s tech scene.

Fred has changed his Facebook profile picture and shared his immigration story in celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month. View his post below.

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“June is Immigrant Heritage Month in the USA, a celebration of our shared heritage as a nation of immigrants. In acknowledgement, I have changed my profile photo to me as a kid at my childhood home in Kcynia, Poland during the Cold War years. Later I emigrated to Canada with my mother. Eventually we were granted political asylum by the United States and settled in Detroit. I became a U.S. citizen at age 12. After working full time in Motor City factories through high school, I finally found career opportunities in media / entertainment and worked my way up to eventually run tech companies and found my own businesses. Stats show that immigrants are twice as likely to become entrepreneurs. And no one is more grateful to be welcomed to this great country than an immigrant. Thanks for having me. And that’s why I spend so much time, money and energy giving back every single day.

Cameron Kashani

Cameron Kashani is the founder of Coloft, the first shared workspace and community for entrepreneurs and technology startups in Santa Monica, CA. Kashani recently launched her third company, CoAccel, in partnership with globally renowned intuitive coach Jasmine Hannaby. During Immigrant Heritage Month, she shared her immigration story on social media platforms to show the monumental contributions of immigrants in the tech community and the need for common sense immigration reform in the United States. Read her story here.

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Companies

Airbnb

Throughout June, Airbnb has shared inspiring stories of hospitality and community as seen through the lens of the immigrant experience. Airbnb selected a diverse group of immigrants to interview and publish their stories. You can see their most recent feature on the Airbnb Action page.

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Managed by Q

Managed by Q has chosen to celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month by spotlighting different Q staffers from around the world, each with their own unique immigrant story. Nathan, the Cleaning Operations Manager in Los Angeles, shared his immigration story and journey to the U.S. Read his story and the stories of others on Managed by Q’s Twitter and Instagram pages.

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Road to Status

This month, Chicago-based startup Road to Status officially launched during an Immigrant Heritage Month celebration at WHISK restaurant. Road to Status provides affordable immigration tools and attorney review services, as well as free technology for certain selected non-profits. The company is helping streamline the complex immigration process. At the Immigrant Heritage Month celebration, Road to Status presented WHISK owners Ricky and David Rodriguez with the first annual Road to Status Immigrant Entrepreneurship Award. The award honors outstanding immigrant businesses and individuals for contributing to their communities.

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Health Wildcatters

Health Wildcatters, an accelerator focused on improving healthcare by supporting entrepreneurs and healthcare startups, partnered with FWD.us to put on the Global Innovators Pitch Challenge. The Global Innovators Pitch Challenge offered immigrant-owned startups the opportunity to compete for a cash prize and media coverage. Leaders from Dallas’ tech community helped judge the presentations. Learn more about the Health Wildcatters and the event on their Twitter page.

Dollar Shave Club

On June 30th, Dollar Shave Club will partner with FWD.us in Los Angeles to host an Immigrant Heritage Month happy hour. The event will include food, drinks, and an “idea-thon” to keep the momentum of Immigrant Heritage Month to move the needle on immigration reform in 2017. Learn more or sign up to attend the event here.

Uber

Immigrant Heritage Month is a chance to celebrate our shared immigrant heritage, and Uber has done just that. Across social media platforms like Twitter, the company has highlighted their immigrant employees, including Chief Technology Officer: Thuan Pham! 

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Events

IHM Proclamation Ceremony Press Conference

Mike Townsend is the co-founder of HomeHero, a non-medical home care provider that combines technology and human compassion to extend the health system into the home. He spoke at the Immigrant Heritage Month Proclamation Ceremony in Los Angeles. The conference, which took place on June 10th, gave Townsend the opportunity to communicate HomeHero’s support for Immigrant Heritage Month. See his personal post here.

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Techweek Chicago

Techweek Chicago 2016 had many great panels this month, but there is one in particular we were especially excited about. At the “Inspiration, Vision and Roots” panel, FWD.us’ Alicia Race and local entrepreneurship leaders discussed immigration and tech. Their discussion focused on the different challenges and opportunities immigration brings to the tech industry, as well as the panelists’ own journeys as entrepreneurs. Learn more from Chicago Inno’s article about the event.

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Fueled Collective Hackathon

This past weekend, Fueled, a mobile app and design company based in New York City, partnered with FWD.us, Welcome.us, Illicit Mind, Immigration Advocates Network, SheWorx, and others to host an Immigrant Heritage Month Hackathon. During the hackathon, participants of all levels worked together in teams to build tools, apps, and platforms to help make New York a more welcoming city for immigrants to live and work. The event began with an exciting panel and ended with prizes for the winning teams. Many leaders in the tech and immigration community attended the event, including the New York City Assistant Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs: Kavita Pawria-Sanchez.

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