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FWD.us Commemorates Black History Month

Posted on 02/19/2019

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement commemorating Black History Month:

“Midway through Black History Month, we want to pause and celebrate the brilliance, creativity, strength, and sacrifice of the Black community—and to share our excitement about an event highlighting the cost of our criminal justice system to this community.

“We remember giants like Ida B. Wells and Shirley Chisholm who worked to rebuild our world to be more free and more just. And we are made hopeful by today’s leaders like Corey Wiggins with the NAACP who is advocating for a more just society for Black Mississippians and Marliene Bastien with Family Action Network Movement who is empowering Haitian women and their families in South Florida. Along with countless others, they are building a brighter future for all Americans. We stand with them.

“FWD.us fights every day to eliminate the policy barriers in our immigration and criminal justice systems that have locked people out of the American dream. On February 28, FWD.us is partnering with the Atlantic to host And Justice for All, a gathering of policymakers, experts, and the formerly imprisoned to consider what should happen next. How could recent reforms affect the lives of prisoners, their families, and their communities? And what is left to be done?

“For too long, these failed systems have disproportionately harmed Black people. The modern explosion in mass incarceration is a new system—one that demands a true and urgent transformation—that continues past injustices.

“As we celebrate the past throughout this Black History Month, we also look to the work ahead and to the next generation of leaders who will guide us to a more just, stronger, and prosperous America.”

FWD.us Statement on Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019

Posted on 02/14/2019

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement today on the passage by Congress of the bipartisan appropriations legislation, which failed to include permanent protections for Dreamers and TPS holders who continue living under the threat of deportation:

“While today’s passage by Congress of the seven remaining appropriations bills will avert the immediate crisis of another government shutdown, which is welcome news, Congress has yet again missed an opportunity to provide permanent protections for Dreamers and TPS holders.

“These vulnerable populations’ lives have been thrown into chaos due to the actions of the Trump Administration, and over a million of individuals – and the millions who comprise their loved ones, neighbors, and colleagues – are at risk of having their lives torn further apart without urgent action from Congress.

“Both the House and the Senate should immediately pass bipartisan legislation that gives Dreamers and TPS holders the permanent solution they deserve and that strengthens our entire country.”

FWD.us Statement on Introduction of Driver’s License Expansion Bill in Colorado

Posted on 02/12/2019

DENVER, CO — FWD.us Colorado State Immigration Manager Marissa Molina today released the following statement after the introduction of the SB 19-139. The bill, introduced by Senator Coram, Senator Moreno, and Senator Priola would expand access to driver’s licenses for undocumented Coloradans by increasing the number of licensing facilities to at least 10 locations, up from the current four in the entire state. A companion House Bill was introduced by Rep. Galindo and Rep. Singer:

“Today’s introduction of SB19-139 is welcomed news for millions of hardworking Colorado families. This legislation will help ensure that thousands of hardworking Coloradans – particularly those living in rural areas – can more easily reach their workplaces, seek medical attention in an emergency, and better provide for themselves and their families – while building a more prosperous Colorado.

“Our long term goal remains commonsense immigration reform that includes smart border security, protects and expands existing legal immigration avenues, and provides an earned pathway to citizenship for undocumented individuals. We will continue to work with Colorado business leaders, community members, and legislators from both sides of the aisle to advocate for smart reforms to our nation’s broken immigration system.”

FWD.us Joins Business Leaders Urging Bipartisan Solution to Protect Dreamers

Posted on 02/11/2019

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, FWD.us President Todd Schulte signed onto a letter led by the Coalition for the American Dream urging Republican and Democratic House and Senate leadership to work urgently to pass a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers. The Coalition’s membership includes more than 100 employers and trade associations spanning a variety of U.S. industries, from retail to manufacturing to tech, that represent more than half of American private sector workers. CEOs from Facebook, Coca Cola, Verizon, Apple, Microsoft and GM, among many others, also signed the letter.

The letter can be found here. FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement on the release of the letter:

“FWD.us is proud to join this distinguished group of business leaders and entrepreneurs calling on our elected leaders to pass without delay a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers.

“The lives of more than a million individuals have been thrown into the chaos due to the actions of the Trump Administration, and FWD.us strongly believes that Congress must take urgent action to protect Dreamers and TPS holders. These hardworking, talented individuals ‘are our friends, neighbors, and coworkers, and they should not have to wait for court cases to be decided to determine their fate when Congress can act now.’ The overwhelming majority of Americans across the political spectrum agrees that we should protect Dreamers from deportation, and this crisis r