They are America's children

September 13, 2017

As a foundation committed to improving the well-being of our communities, we are disappointed by the Trump Administration’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. We believe that children who were born in another country but were brought to and educated in America as young children are America’s children. DACA supports the development of children who are enrolled in school, youth who hold the ideals and promises of the American Dream, and young adult taxpayers and entrepreneurs who contribute to the vitality of our economy. America, the country they call home, has the most to benefit from the intellectual, social and financial contributions these young Americans are making now and those they will make in the future.

As a private philanthropy that forges new paths to promote health and racial equity in partnership with communities, organizations and leaders in Northern California and the San Joaquin Valley, we stand with DREAMers, their families and the organizations that serve them. We reaffirm our commitment to ensure that every individual has access to opportunities to live a healthy and happy life, regardless of where they were born, and we call on our policymakers to join us in this commitment. We are pleased to add our voice to the growing philanthropic coalition in denouncing this announcement.

Chet P. Hewitt