We stand together.
We have been holding our breath, along with all of you, as we have waited to see the outcome on DACA. DACA has been a lifeline for hundreds of thousands of young Americans to pursue their educations, their careers, and their dreams. Our hearts are now aching for all of the young people and their families who are facing intense uncertainty and fear about their futures. We call on leaders at all levels of government to take steps to protect and support these young Americans and allow them to continue contributing to our communities without fearing deportation.
Over the past few weeks, we have been inspired and motivated by responses from many of you who are fighting to defend DACA. United We Dream, its affiliates, other immigrant-led groups, and allies have been building a strong campaign. In addition to the dozens of endorsing organizations, we’ve seen some significant influencers putting their support behind #DefendDACA/ Here to Stay, including those from pop culture and the business community. Groups have also been preparing and gathering essential resources to ensure that DACAmented youth are informed and equipped with the tools they need during these uncertain times: see these resources compiled by Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) and a Mental Health Emergency Toolkit and other resources prepared by #DefendDACA/ Here to Stay.
Unbound Philanthropy has been, and will continue to be, a strong champion of immigrant youth and in ensuring their protection as well as their ability to be integrated into, and contribute fully, to our communities. Today, we are both responding to the current crisis and taking the long view. Our foundation has been seeking advice from field leaders and other funders to inform rapid response grants to address immediate challenges. We expect to provide additional support to protect immigrant youth over the short term.
As many of you know, we are also focused on engaging with the broad narratives that shape our culture and that determine how our nation perceives and acts towards people of color, or who are immigrants or refugees, or Muslim. We are planning to bring together creative minds to brainstorm how we can unleash our imaginations to create the same kind of catalyzing moment of public support for DACAmented youth that we saw emerge at airports after the Muslim ban.
Looking ahead, philanthropy—as well as stakeholders in the public and private sectors—must take on the longer-term challenge of reforming our nation’s immigration system, in order to treat everyone with the compassion they deserve as human beings and to help build our shared prosperity. Philanthropy can invest in efforts to bring about policy change and in programs that facilitate immigrants' and refugees' social, economic, and civic integration. At Unbound Philanthropy, we envision, and are working towards, societies where newcomers and welcoming communities engage in relationships with one another with respect, compassion, fairness, and justice.
Over the coming days and weeks we will continue to listen, to strategize together, and to stand with you during this troubling time.