Immigration Push4Reform Packet
Compiled for Rep. Bob Goodlatte
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Immigration Push4Reform Packet
Compiled for Rep. Bob Goodlatte
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About FWD.us

FWD.us was founded in April 2013 by Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Reid Hoffman and other leaders in the technology and business communities. We are a bipartisan organization that harnesses the best of advocacy campaigns and the technology sector to tackle tough political problems and issues critical to the United States knowledge economy. FWD.us’ mission is to mobilize the tech community to support policies that keep the American Dream achievable in the 21st century.

FWD.us is a full stack advocacy organization with a top-tier rapid response operation, a robust digital organizing team, and thousands of active volunteers in 34 cities and 15 states across the country. We bring together a diverse team of engineers, community organizers, and policy experts. Since our inception, we have used technology to enable over 400,000 different individuals to take meaningful action in support of immigration reform. FWD.us enables individuals to come together to create a potent new political movement and advocate for policy change.

FWD.us Founders

Aditya Agarwal ● Dan Benton ● Jim Breyer ● Matt Cohler ● Ron Conway ● John Doerr ● Bill Gates ● Reid Hoffman ● Drew Houston ● Chamath Palihapitiya ● Sean Parker ● Jeff Rothschild ● Ruchi Sanghvi ● Mark Zuckerberg

FWD.us Major Contributors

Tim Armstrong ● Steve Ballmer ● George Bousis ● Juan Calle ● Garrett Camp ● Steve Chen ● Brian Chesky ● Stan Chudnovsky ● Chris Cox ● Lars Dalgaard ● Bita Daryabari ● Faquiry Diaz ● Barry Diller ● Stanley F. Druckenmiller ● John Fisher ● Paul Graham ● Noosheen Hashemi ●Irwin Jacobs ● Max Levchin ● Jeremy Levine ● Phil Libin ● Michael Loeb ● Joe Lonsdale ● Andrew Mason ● Marissa Mayer ● Mary Meeker ● Dave Morin ● Ola Okelola ● Jon Oringer ● Hadi Partovi ● Greg Penner ● Alison Pincus ● Mark Pincus ● Keith Rabois ● Hosain Rahman ● Dan Rosensweig ● Yuda Saydun ● Justin Shaffer ● Rishi Shah ● Eric Schmidt ● Darian Shirazi ● Brad Smith ● Kevin Systrom ● Gary Vaynerchuk ● Padmasree Warrior ● Fred Wilson


IMMIGRATION REFORM: A NATIONAL PERSPECTIVE

We believe we have a once in a generation opportunity to pass bipartisan common sense immigration reform. We believe that reform to our broken immigration system will strengthen American families and the U.S. economy.

Finally fixing our outdated and broken immigration system will drastically increase the quality of life for many hardworking and entrepreneurial families, giving them the security they need to participate fully in our country and live the American Dream. 

Legalizing the undocumented in a comprehensive manner has a massive positive economic impact on America’s economy:

Senate Bill S.744, which was passed by a bipartisan vote in 2013, demonstrated the enormous impact a comprehensive solution to our broken immigration system that legalizes the undocumented would have on America’s economy.  The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that S.744 would:

  • Reduce the deficit by nearly $900 billion dollars.
  • Provide an economic boon to states by increasing state tax revenues by an estimated $748 billion dollars.
  • Increase wages for American workers by .5 percent.
  • Strengthen Social Security by $700 billion more dollars.

The driving force behind this economic impact across the country is legalizing the over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.  CBO found that a $460 billion dollar increase in tax revenues in the first 10 years primarily would be due to the undocumented community coming out of the shadows and paying taxes.

Deporting the undocumented population is both financially and logistically unfeasible.

Conversely, in addition to the moral harm in separating hard-working families, studies show that an enforcement-only approach to immigration and deporting the undocumented population is both practically infeasible and economically devastating.  The conservative think tank American Action Forum conducted a study that examined the budgetary and economic implications of immediate and full enforcement of current immigration law. The study found:

  • The federal government would have to spend roughly $400 billion to $600 billion to address the 11.2 million undocumented immigrants in the country unlawfully.
  • This effort would decrease the labor force by 11 million workers and reduce real GDP by $1.6 trillion.
  • Additionally, full enforcement would take 20 years to complete.

These numbers indicate the catastrophic economic impact for the country if Congress were to take an “enforcement only” approach to fixing our complex immigration system.

In addition to common sense reforms that impact undocumented immigrants, reform to our legal system is critical to maintain America’s competitiveness in a global economy.

Currently, the United States leaves to chance the ability for high-skilled foreign workers and foreign graduates of U.S. academic institutions to stay in the United States to grow their companies and create American jobs.

High-skilled immigrants create new employment opportunities:

  • The Information Technology Industry Council, the Partnership for a New American Economy, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce found that “every foreign-born student who graduates from a U.S. university with an advanced degree and stays to work in STEM creates 2.62 jobs for American workers.” 

Data shows that states with greater numbers of temporary workers in the H-1B program for skilled workers had higher employment among U.S. natives:

  • High-skilled immigrants don’t displace US-born high skilled workers, and they improve overall wages of U.S.-born high skilled workers
  • Highly educated immigrants pay far more in taxes than they receive in benefits
  • Every foreign student who graduates from a U.S. university with an advanced degree and stays and works in a STEM-related field creates an additional 2.62 American jobs
  • More than 40% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children
  • 25% of all small business in the U.S. were started by immigrants
  • High-skilled immigrants don’t displace native-born American high-skilled workers; in fact, they improve overall wages of U.S.-born high-skilled workers
  • For every 100 H-1B workers, an additional 183 jobs among U.S. native-born workers are created
  • A 2014 study concluded that for every 1% increase in H-1B numbers there is a corresponding approximately 7 percent increase in wages for American workers (Giovanni Peri, Kevin Shih, and Chad Sparber, “Foreign STEM Workers and Native Wages and Employment in U.S. Cities” National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Working Paper No. 20093, May 2014)
  • Immigrants of all skill levels boost the U.S.’ economic growth and create American jobs; research and experience across many sectors of our economy supports this
  • It is a fallacy that immigrants take jobs from American workers; in fact, highly-skilled immigrants create new opportunities for native-born Americans: for every foreign worker with a graduate degree in a STEM field employed in the U.S., 2.6 American jobs are created
  • H-1B visa holders help make up a critical skills gap in the current U.S. workforce - the shortage of talented STEM workers presents a severe challenge to companies looking to grow and fill jobs, and continue driving America’s global leadership in innovation  
  • By 2018, the U.S. will face a projected shortfall of 200,000 advanced-degree STEM holders
     

KEY IMMIGRATION REFORM PRINCIPLES


COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM

In June 2013, the U.S. Senate voted 68-32 in favor of comprehensive immigration reform representing a monumental step forward for reform that will do right by the American economy and American families. Senators from across the political spectrum showed that they are willing to come together in a productive, bipartisan way in an incredibly tough political climate, amid continuing gridlock – and we applaud their courage in doing so.

We will continue to advocate for commonsense principles that we believe must be represented in comprehensive reform efforts:

  • Tough but fair border security measures that provide law enforcement the tools they need to secure the border, coupled with a simple and effected employment verification system that - in concert with legal status - will ensure employers play by the rules and crack down on those who don't.
  • We want to make it easier for the best and the brightest to come here, create jobs here, and stay in the country, including modifications to the new worker program to include an increase in the number of H-1B visas and green cards for high-skilled immigrants, while implementing reforms to encourage talent to reside permanently in the US and that the program is used as intended.
  • Establishing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States who do not have legal status; and
  • Reforming the legal immigration system to better strengthen the American economy and American families.
     

HIGH SKILLED IMMIGRATION REFORM

In addition to comprehensive immigration reform we are working on we support high skilled immigration reform bills like Immigration Innovation Act or I-Squared Act of 2015. The I-Squared bill is our gold standard for high-tech reform. It includes an increase in the annual H-1B cap from 65,000 to between 115,00 and 195,000, uncap the existing advanced degree exemption, grant work authorization for spouses of H-1B holders, make it easier for foreign students to stay in the country after graduating, and would improve the green card process.

The introduction of this bill is a key step to ensure that we can continue to lead the world in innovation: simply put, our nation is not living up to its potential, and we are missing out on economic growth and the creation of American jobs until we make it easier for the best and brightest to stay here and contribute.
 

ENTREPRENEUR PATHWAYS PROGRAM

We are also advocating for the White House’s proposed Entrepreneur Pathways program. This program will create two clear and reliable immigration pathways for foreign entrepreneurs who have been validated by American investors or customers:

  • Temporary Pathway: This pathway will grant temporary status to talented inventors, researchers, and entrepreneurs who can show that they can bring significant public benefit to the country.
  • Permanent Pathway: Certain applicants will qualify for a national interest waiver that allows them to attain permanent residency (green card).
     

GRANTING LEGAL STATUS TO UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS

The majority of Americans know fixing our immigration system will create American jobs, grow our economy, and do right by American families. We need a permanent legislative solution to create a pathway to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants who live, work, and contribute fully to our communities.

  • Immigration reform, as envisioned in the Senate bill S. 744, will reduce the federal budget deficit by $138 billion over 10 years and $820 billion over 20 years.
  • Providing legal status to 11 million undocumented immigrants will increase in U.S. GDP by $1.1 trillion over 10 years, and the annual increase in the incomes of Americans would sum to $618 billion.
  • On average over 10 years, immigration reform would create 159,000 jobs per year

Source: Center for American Progress

FWD.us Founders

Aditya Agarwal ● Dan Benton ● Jim Breyer ● Matt Cohler ● Ron Conway ● John Doerr ● Bill Gates ● Reid Hoffman ● Drew Houston ● Chamath Palihapitiya ● Sean Parker ● Jeff Rothschild ● Ruchi Sanghvi ● Mark Zuckerberg

FWD.us Major Contributors

Tim Armstrong ● Steve Ballmer ● George Bousis ● Juan Calle ● Garrett Camp ● Steve Chen ● Brian Chesky ● Stan Chudnovsky ● Chris Cox ● Lars Dalgaard ● Bita Daryabari ● Faquiry Diaz ● Barry Diller ● Stanley F. Druckenmiller ● John Fisher ● Paul Graham ● Noosheen Hashemi ●Irwin Jacobs ● Max Levchin ● Jeremy Levine ● Phil Libin ● Michael Loeb ● Joe Lonsdale ● Andrew Mason ● Marissa Mayer ● Mary Meeker ● Dave Morin ● Ola Okelola ● Jon Oringer ● Hadi Partovi ● Greg Penner ● Alison Pincus ● Mark Pincus ● Keith Rabois ● Hosain Rahman ● Dan Rosensweig ● Yuda Saydun ● Justin Shaffer ● Rishi Shah ● Eric Schmidt ● Darian Shirazi ● Brad Smith ● Kevin Systrom ● Gary Vaynerchuk ● Padmasree Warrior ● Fred Wilson

Virginia SPECIFIC IMMIGRATION STATISTICS 

 

DEMOGRAPHICS 

  • 11.1% (898,584) of the population was foreign-born
  • 57.7% Growth in foreign-born population, 2000-2010
     

IMMIGRANTS AND Virginia’s WORKFORCE 

  • Virginia is short of STEM workers 
  • Ratio of STEM jobs to unemployed STEM workers: 3.3:1 
  • 38.8% of STEM graduates at state’s most research-intensive schools were foreign-born (2009)
  • 56.9% of Engineering PhDs were temporary residents (2006-2010)
  • Foreign-born students contributed $405.5 million to the state’s economy in tuition, fees, and living expenses for the 2011-2012 academic year 
     

FOREIGN INNOVATORS 

  • 17.5% of business owners in Virginia are immigrants: 
  • Annual business income generated by immigrant-owned businesses: $3 billion
  • 53,709 immigrants became new business owners in Virginia between 2006 and 2010
     

STEM IMMIGRATION REFORM = ECONOMIC GROWTH IN Virginia  

  • For every 100 foreign-born STEM graduates, 262 jobs are created for Americans
  • An expansion of the high-skilled visa program would create an estimated 11,600 new jobs in Virginia by 2020 
  • By 2045, this expansion would add around $4.7 billion to Gross State Product and increase personal income by more than $4.2 billion
     

Legalizing the Undocumented

  • $12.3 billion cumulative increase in gross state product over 10 years
  • $9.6 billion cumulative increase in the earnings of all state residents over 10 years
  • 2,400 additional jobs annually in Virginia
  • $670 million in additional state and local taxes paid by legalized immigrants 

Sources:
Immigration Policy Center
Map the Impact of Immigration Across the Nation
Center for American Progress

A Sample of Constituent Support

Meredith - to Rep. Bob Goodlatte
Written on April 8, 2014

I am a voting constituent in your district. Please support meaningful immigration reform! The immigrants in our area are tax-paying contributors to our community, its industry, and our socio-religous organizations. To separate parent from children is stupid: we have to support the kids they leave behind with money, child care, and potential mental health care (they ARE citizens and will VOTE). To deport husband or wife from the family is immoral. Let's not even THINK about deporting children who were brought her as babies, educated here at great expense to us tax payers, and then (just when they could start contributing to our community and economy) sent to a foreign country they don't know or understand.

Please help us all by supporting meaningful immigration reform.

A Sample of Constituent Support

Meredith - to Rep. Bob Goodlatte
Written on April 8, 2014

I am a voting constituent in your district. Please support meaningful immigration reform! The immigrants in our area are tax-paying contributors to our community, its industry, and our socio-religous organizations. To separate parent from children is stupid: we have to support the kids they leave behind with money, child care, and potential mental health care (they ARE citizens and will VOTE). To deport husband or wife from the family is immoral. Let's not even THINK about deporting children who were brought her as babies, educated here at great expense to us tax payers, and then (just when they could start contributing to our community and economy) sent to a foreign country they don't know or understand.

Please help us all by supporting meaningful immigration reform.

Important Resources

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Resource Guide: Supporting Undocumented Youth

A guide for success in secondary and post secondary settings by the U.S. Department of Education.
U.S. Department of Education — 10/20/2015

Read Report

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Immigration: Myths and Facts

Report of immigration myths and facts broken down into the following sections: jobs, wages, economy, unemployment, high tech workers, community impact, taxes, welfare, integration, crime & border security.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce — 10/01/2013

Read Report

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Everything you need to know about Obama's executive action on immigration

Vox addresses President Obama's executive action changes in detail.
Vox — 11/23/2014

Read Report

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Rebooting the American Dream: The Role of Immigration in a 21st Century Economy

Our immigration system needs to be updated and overhauled, but inflamed rhetoric often obscures reform efforts. This report seeks to answer some basic questions about the role of immigration in today’s economy.
Immigration Policy Center — 11/08/2011

Read Report

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The Impact of Immigration on the Housing Market

This map, the result of research by AS/COA and Partnership for a New American Economy, shows the net change in a county’s immigrant population from 2000–2010 and the corresponding effect on median home value.
Partnership for a New American Economy — 06/20/2014

Read Report

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The Economic Impacts of Removing Unauthorized Immigrant Workers

A breakdown by state and industry of the costs of mass deportation and its impacts on the US economy.
Center for American Progress Action Fund — 09/21/2016

Read Report

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The State of Black Immigrants Part 1: A Statistical Portrait of Black Immigrants in the United States

An in-depth demographic report on Black Immigrants in the United States.
Black Alliance for Just Immigration — 10/05/2016

Read Report

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Highly Educated Foreign Born Workers: Separating Myth From Reality

Addresses the most common myths around bringing the brightest scientists, researchers, innovators, and engineers to America in order to drive economic growth and job creation.
Compete America — 02/06/2015

Read Report

Important Resources

Original 1445454192

Resource Guide: Supporting Undocumented Youth

A guide for success in secondary and post secondary settings by the U.S. Department of Education.
U.S. Department of Education — 10/20/2015

Link:


Original 1428000970

Immigration: Myths and Facts

Report of immigration myths and facts broken down into the following sections: jobs, wages, economy, unemployment, high tech workers, community impact, taxes, welfare, integration, crime & border security.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce — 10/01/2013

Link:


Original 1428000967

Everything you need to know about Obama's executive action on immigration

Vox addresses President Obama's executive action changes in detail.
Vox — 11/23/2014

Link:


Original 1428001024

Rebooting the American Dream: The Role of Immigration in a 21st Century Economy

Our immigration system needs to be updated and overhauled, but inflamed rhetoric often obscures reform efforts. This report seeks to answer some basic questions about the role of immigration in today’s economy.
Immigration Policy Center — 11/08/2011

Link:


Original 1430344995

The Impact of Immigration on the Housing Market

This map, the result of research by AS/COA and Partnership for a New American Economy, shows the net change in a county’s immigrant population from 2000–2010 and the corresponding effect on median home value.
Partnership for a New American Economy — 06/20/2014

Link:


Original 1474516676

The Economic Impacts of Removing Unauthorized Immigrant Workers

A breakdown by state and industry of the costs of mass deportation and its impacts on the US economy.
Center for American Progress Action Fund — 09/21/2016

Link:


Original 1475680290

The State of Black Immigrants Part 1: A Statistical Portrait of Black Immigrants in the United States

An in-depth demographic report on Black Immigrants in the United States.
Black Alliance for Just Immigration — 10/05/2016

Link:


Original 1428000957

Highly Educated Foreign Born Workers: Separating Myth From Reality

Addresses the most common myths around bringing the brightest scientists, researchers, innovators, and engineers to America in order to drive economic growth and job creation.
Compete America — 02/06/2015

Link: