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| September 26, 2017
As members of the philanthropic community, we wholeheartedly denounce the Trump Administration’s decision to put an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The job of philanthropy is to bring attention to and address social problems and injustices. Since its launch in 2012, DACA has provided young people the opportunity to pursue their passions, attain their educational goals, and contribute to the sustainability, creativity, and vitality of our communities. It has provided security and safety in an age of rising political nationalism and volatility. More than anything, it has allowed families to build their lives together in the country we all call home.
Years of courageous advocacy and organizing won the DACA program, and our partners work every day to make our Commonwealth just, equitable, and prosperous for all. Inaction is unacceptable, and each one of us has a role to play.
We are committed, as funders, to working together with other responsible leaders to justly address the immediate needs of the people affected by this action and ensure long-term solutions for communities impacted by exclusionary policies.
We stand with Dreamers across America. DACA was a first step in fulfilling our nation’s promise to you, and we will not quietly watch it be broken.
The Hyams Foundation and its colleagues are a group of funders from across the Commonwealth concerned about the rights and well-being of immigrant communities.
The Hyams Foundation has partnered with The Boston Foundation; Episcopal City Mission; Fish Family Foundation; The Herman and Frieda L. Miller Foundation; New England Foundation for the Arts; Schott Foundation for Public Education; The Cambridge Community Foundation; The Lenny Zakim Fund; The Paul and Edith Babson Foundation; Boston Ethical Community; Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts; Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation; Greater Worcester Community Foundation; Haymarket People’s Fund; The Susan A. and Donald P. Babson Charitable Foundation; The Theodore Edson Parker Foundation; and TSNE MissionWorks.