Silicon Valley Community Foundation is proud join other philanthropy leaders from California in supporting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). We've signed on to the statement below. View more information and resources related to this statement on the Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees website.
California philanthropic leaders' statement on DACA
The Trump Administration announced the termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), thereby rescinding work authorization and protection from deportation for nearly 800,000 undocumented young people. This action will have a devastating impact on almost 223,000 DACAmented Californians.
As philanthropic institutions committed to building a prosperous, vibrant, and inclusive California, we denounce the termination of DACA as antithetical to fundamental American values, and detrimental to the well-being of all communities. DACA beneficiaries have secured better jobs, purchased cars and homes, launched new businesses, supported their families, and invigorated their communities. They have become an integral part of our social, economic, and civic fabric.
By repealing DACA, the Trump administration deprives DACAmented immigrants of the opportunity to strive for the American Dream, contribute to our collective vitality, and live a life without fear of being deported from the only home many of them have ever known. The administration’s decision pushes these young people out of the workforce, disrupts businesses, erodes our tax base, and undercuts our economic growth. Consequently, over the next decade, our nation stands to lose $460.3 billion in gross domestic product and $24.6 billion in Medicare and Social Security contributions.
DACA’s repeal will have a reverberating impact on all facets of life in communities across California, and philanthropy must mount a vigorous response. We urge our grantmaking colleagues to join us in speaking out, taking action, and increasing grantmaking at this critical moment. Ending the DACA program threatens the health and mental well-being of our neighborhoods, our families and our very humanity. We urge you to stand with immigrant communities and reaffirm your belief in fairness, justice, and the American Dream.
California Bar Foundation - Sonia Gonzales, Executive Director
California Community Foundation - Antonia Hernández, President & CEO
The California Endowment - Dr. Robert K. Ross, President & CEO
The California Wellness Foundation - Judy Belk, President & CEO
East Bay Community Foundation - James W. Head, President & CEO
Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund - Jennie Lehua Watson, Interim President
The James Irvine Foundation - Don Howard, President & CEO
The Grove Foundation - Leslie Dorosin, Executive Director
Heising-Simons Foundation - Deanna Gomby, President & CEO
Leichtag Foundation - James S. Farley, Esquire, President & CEO
Rosenberg Foundation - Tim Silard, President
Silicon Valley Community Foundation - Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D., President & CEO
The San Francisco Foundation - Fred Blackwell, CEO
van Löben Sels/RembeRock Foundation - Nancy Wiltsek, Executive Director
The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation - Stacie Ma'a, President
The Walter & Elise Haas Fund - Pamela H David, Executive Director
Weingart Foundation - Fred Ali, President & CEO
Westly Foundation - Catherine Crystal Foster, Executive Director
The Zellerbach Family Foundation - Allison Magee, Executive Director
Y & H Soda Foundation - Bob Uyeki, CEO