San Joaquin Valley Health Fund Partners,
President Trump has rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), affecting more than 750,000 young people nationally, including more than 200,000 in California. DACA’s fate now lies in the hands of Congress, which has been given six months to come up with a plan and can choose to act to protect the program.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement that the DACA program will be phased out has left DREAMers in limbo, not knowing what lies in their future. DREAMers were brought to this country as young children. This is the only country they know as home. They are young people who have been labeled as illegal for the simple fact that they weren’t born in this country. It doesn’t matter that these young people have attended schools, are part of our communities, and contribute to the social and financial vitality of our country. They now run the risk of being sent back to countries they have no memory of.
As foundations committed to the San Joaquin Valley, we want to reassure you that we stand with you and the DACA youth you are fighting for. You have our support! We will not turn our backs on the brave young people who have walked out of the shadow to fight for a better life and worked hard to realize the American Dream.
Congressional action is now the only way to guarantee that DACA recipients are shielded from deportation. We need to focus our efforts and energy on educating policymakers on the many ways in which DACA youth and other immigrant populations contribute to our communities, and demand that there be a pathway to citizenship. As funding partners of the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund, we are committed to more action and assistance in responding to your efforts and partnerships to strengthen your advocacy and policy efforts. We have always believed that people power is the most effective way to bring about social change, and now more than ever we hold this belief to be supreme.
Chet P. Hewitt
President and CEO
Sierra Health Foundation