FWD.us Statement on White House Immigration Meeting Between President Trump and Members of Congress

Posted by FWD.us Press on 01/09/2018

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement after today’s immigration meeting at the White House between President Trump and Members of Congress:

“The meeting at the White House makes it absolutely clear that not only must Congress pass legislation now to protect Dreamers, paired with increased sensible border security, but that President Trump would support this deal. The time is in the next 10 days. Let’s do this right now.

“Three former Secretaries of Homeland Security, Secretaries Chertoff, Napolitano, and Johnson, wrote a letter last week urging Congress to act by January 19th, highlighting how much time it would take for DHS to implement a plan from Congress. There is no reason to delay, and the cost of inaction is Dreamers getting deported. Congress should come together and get this done now.”

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

Posted by FWD.us Press on 01/08/2018

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

“We are very encouraged to see reports that Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) and Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA) are working together across party lines on legislation to allow Dreamers to stay permanently in the only country they know as home while enhancing border security. This good-faith bipartisan effort and momentum is absolutely critical, and we want to thank the two of them and all those working with them on both sides of the aisle. It also will provide much-needed assurance to hundreds of thousands of Dreamers and their families who are anxiously awaiting the certainty they desperately deserve. After a decade of substantial border security investments that have helped dramatically reduce border apprehensions to the lowest levels in modern history, this bill would build on that progress by deploying enhanced resources and technology to further these efforts.”

January is our last chance to get this done before huge numbers of Dreamers lose their ability to live, work, and contribute to the only country they know as home. 85% of Americans and 79% of Republicans want Congress to protect Dreamers. We urge every single member of Congress to demand a vote on bipartisan legislation to protect Dreamers before January 19th.”

FWD.us Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Terminate TPS for Nearly 200,000 People From El Salvador

Posted by FWD.us Press on 01/08/2018

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement today after the Trump Administration announced that it will eliminate work authorization and deportation protections for nearly 200,000 people from El Salvador:

“Terminating Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador as of 2019 is a devastating decision that will create 200,000 more soon-to-be undocumented immigrants, many who have lived in this country for nearly two decades and have long been contributing members of our country. This doesn’t make use safer and will hurt our communities and our economy. The Trump Administration should reverse this action, so that mothers, fathers, friends & coworkers do not have to spend the next year-and-a-half waiting for a time when they could be ripped from their jobs, families and communities.”

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 01/03/2018

WASHINGTON, DC – A bipartisan group of former Secretaries of the Department of Homeland Security today sent a letter to congressional leaders urging lawmakers to pass legislation to protect Dreamers by January 19, as hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients face the threat of deportation without it.

In the letter, Secretaries Michael Chertoff, Janet Napolitano, and Jeh Johnson write of their “strong support of legislation” to protect Dreamers, and also “to stress that [any legislation] should be enacted speedily, in order to meet the significant administrative requirements of implementation, as well as… to provide certainty for these young people.”

In the letter, the former DHS secretaries underscore that “the realistic deadline for successfully establishing a Dreamers program in time to prevent large scale loss of work authorization and deportation protection is only weeks away, in the middle of January.”

Key excerpts:
  • “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.” …


  • “Congress needs to pass a bill by January 19th to provide enough time for USCIS to process applications before tens of thousands of DACA recipients are negatively impacted by the loss of their work authorization or removal from the United States. This 45 day timeline – leading into March 5th when the number of DACA recipients losing status skyrockets to an average of 1,200 a day – is very aggressive, but should be seen as an actual best-case deadline based on our collective experience with these administrative and security requirements.” …


  • “Not only is there no reason to delay, but establishing this new program in 45 days would be an incredible accomplishment done in record time. This means Congress must act by the middle of January to ensure a successful program, avoid significant hardship for USCIS, the business community and Dreamers themselves.”