FWD.us Statement on Immigration Reform at DNC

Posted by FWD.us on 07/26/2016

Today, FWD.us President Todd Schulte released the following statement:

“Hearing from Astrid Silva, a DREAMer, and Karla Ortiz, a U.S. Citizen with an undocumented mother under fear of seeing her family torn apart due to congressional inaction, was a terrific reminder of why right after the election is the time for both parties to come together and pass bipartisan immigration reform legislation right out of the gate in 2017.”

Continuing the Fight for Undocumented Families & Looking Forward to Immigration Reform in 2017

Posted by Gabriela Cid on 07/25/2016


DC-blog-post-cover-photoWe were dealt a huge blow by the Supreme Court of the United States’ 4-4 ruling on the
U.S. v. Texas case. This ruling meant that Expanded DACA and DAPA would not become a reality; Instead, countless individuals in our communities would continue to live their lives in the shadows. Up until Thursday, June 23, our families, our stories, and our faces were shown by the media and given attention. We were newsworthy then. But on Friday, June 24, the news cycle moved on to the next hot topic. Meanwhile, our families remained the same: undocumented and fearful, at risk of being separated. 

 

It pained us to know that our struggles were so easily forgotten. So many individuals bravely shared their stories of resilience and their need to be recognized as human beings in American society. And yet nothing had changed. We knew that we had to keep fighting, but we were also in the process of healing and accepting that we had to keep moving forward.

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While the media attention may have shifted, we wanted to share our appreciation with members of Congress who supported Expanded DACA and DAPA and fought beside us. We wanted to let them know that our families were still here and hurting, but hopeful.

 

Weeks after the Court’s decision, we organized a fly-in to Washington D.C. Individuals from across the country came together on Thursday, July 14, to both thank the elected officials who championed our cause and remind them to keep fighting for our communities.

 

For some of the participants, it was our first time visiting Washington D.C. to meet with members of Congress. Among these first-timers was Jonathan Sanchez, a U.S. citizen. Jonathan’s mother is undocumented and would have been eligible for DAPA. He wanted to remind members of Congress that immigrants are hard-working and only seeking a better life for their children. “As her son, I’ve seen [my mother] work hard in every job she’s done to make sure that my siblings and I had food on the table,” shared Jonathan.

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We met with both Republican and Democrat members of Congress like Congressman Valadao (R-CA), Congressman Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Congressman Gutierrez (D-IL), Congressman Castro (D-TX), and others.

 

DAPA-eligible participant Marlene Burga had the opportunity to share her story with Congressman Gutierrez. “[It is] so important for me to know that we can have a direct conversation with our legislators who  understand we need to have better results for immigration reform,” said Burga. “I know that we can work together to keep pushing our country forward, a country with millions of parents like myself that live in fear of being separated away from their children.

 

A shared reflection we were left with at the end of the day was that we are stronger together; We must keep fighting as a group. Our communities depend on a unified approach to fix our broken immigration system–an approach where impacted individuals and Congressional representatives listen to one another to find the best solution.

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“[This opportunity] helped [me] realize that the fight for immigration reform is not one of ‘us vs. them,’ but rather a fight that we are all in this together. It was a testament to the fact that there are still lawmakers interested in advancing the common good, as well as representatives who are willing to give a voice to those whose calls for help are often–too often–shut out,” said participant Jesus Rodriguez.

 

Our conversations with these congressmen and women gave us a glimpse of hope. They helped us gain some closure after the defeat in the Supreme Court. But more importantly, they reminded us that there is a lot of work to be done to show people that comprehensive immigration reform must be a priority in 2017. As immigrants, and children of immigrants, we are committed to this fight.

 

Join us and tell Congress it’s time to pass bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform legislation during the first 100 days of 2017.

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Here Are Donald Trump's Immigration Promises

Posted on 07/21/2016

Last night Donald Trump spewed a dark litany of false attacks on immigrants and immigration, but he didn’t actually tell you about his absurd “plans.”

The best message today: remind people that his actual plan is to round up and deport 11 million people is wrong and absurd.

Because here are Donald Trump’s immigration promises:

  1. The mass deportation of all 11 million undocumented immigrants within 18 months – although he never tells you how he’ll do it, how he’ll pay for it, or what it would entail
  2. Revoking the citizenship of 4 million U.S. – born U.S. citizens who have undocumented parents and deporting them – although he doesn’t understand how the Constitution or due process works
  3. An un-American, unconstitutional religious ban on immigrants – again, no regard for common sense or the Constitution
  4. An impractical border wall – which he admits to talking about to fire up crowds when they’re bored
  5. Radically restricting legal immigration channels and gutting the economy
  6. End the 2012 DACA on Day 1 and restart immediate the deportation of 730,000 DREAMers who have given the government their contact info in the process of passing a background check.

This would cost over well $620 billion in new government spending, according to the conservative economist who worked for President Bush, cut nearly $2 trillion from the economy, and rip apart millions of American families. Instead of this absurd “plan,” we should pass commonsense immigration reform that fixes the legal immigration system, secures the border, and provides a pathway to citizenship.

There’s a reason law enforcement supports this plan: unlike Trump’s mass deportation proposals, this means focusing resources on violent criminals. There’s a reason it grows the economy by $1 trillion; a reason that faith leaders support reform, and that small business owners and farmers and students all believe in supporting commonsense legislation. This isn’t about right or left, it’s about right and wrong.

There’s also a reason that yesterday a Gallup Poll showed that support for a pathway to citizenship was not only at an all-time high among the public at 84%, but also with 76% of Republicans – and it’s because the American people understand these astronomical human and economic costs to the absurd idea of building a police state to deport 11 million people.

But don’t take tonight’s dark speech as a sign of who we are as a nation or where we are going – after this election, Democrats and Republicans are going to come together and pass immigration reform in 2017.

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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