California Philanthropic Leaders Unite in Support of DACA

Today, we are proud to add our names to a joint statement organized by Grantmakers Concerned with Immigration and Refugees (GCIR) that urges vocal, active, and increased philanthropic response to the Trump Administration’s scheduled termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) — commonly known as the ‘Dreamers’ program.

Since President Trump announced the end of protections for the nearly 800,000 Dreamers — 223,000 of whom are Californians — individuals and organizations across the political spectrum have stood up in protest and opposition. Adding the Walter & Elise Haas Fund name to this statement is only one reflection of our long-standing support for those on the margins and of our efforts to provide opportunity and access to all.

The statement reads, in part:

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.

For the full statement and list of signatories, please visit CGIR’s site.


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