“The cruel and irrational elimination of DACA threatens the goal of inclusion and opportunity for all, and should compel all of us in philanthropy to increase support for our immigrant communities.”
– Fred Ali, Weingart Foundation

The horrific announcement made this morning by the Trump Administration runs contrary to our beliefs as an organization.  Not only does the decision put the lives of nearly 800,000 young people at risk of deportation, instability and further marginalization but will cruelly tear apart families who have bravely come forward to serve and contribute to this country that they rightly consider their home.  More than 200,000 DACA recipients reside here in California. Over the last 10 years, CISLA has served over 35,000 students, many of who will be directly and negatively impacted by this decision.

As an organization, we remain committed to working daily to mitigate the systemic barriers that many of our communities face through our work in schools. Today’s decision further reinforces our purpose:  doing whatever it takes to ensure that EACH student and their family have access to the resources they need to succeed and persevere in the face of discrimination and marginalization.

We are mobilizing to provide information and resources to our school based personnel who will continue to ensure social and emotional supports to students and their families who will suffer from the emotional trauma as well as the financial ramifications of this decision. We will also do everything in our power to support DACA recipients in renewing DACA issuances and work permits that expire between now and March 5, 2018 by the approaching October 5th deadline.

As educators, we see every day the reality of the uniquely detrimental psychological impact of policies that target immigrants on children. The six-month delay, however, means there is still time to #DefendDACA. We call on Congress to move on legislative efforts to provide as much relief as possible for these deserving young people as expediently as possible. At EdLoC, we will continue to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform legislation that creates a pathway to citizenship that keeps families together and gives both our country, as well as DREAMers and their families, the opportunity to realize their full potential.”
– Education Leaders of Color (EdLoC), September 5, 2017

Further we commit to keeping you informed about ways to support our undocumented communities.  Here are some action steps that you can take to participate in the fight:

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Deborah Marcus
Executive Director, Communities In Schools of Los Angeles