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Our Members Respond to DACA Repeal

Thursday, September 7, 2017

On September 5, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump Administration is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in March 2018. This program allows qualifying DREAMers—immigrants who have lived in the U.S. since they were children but lack legal status—to earn temporary protection from deportation and a work permit. This policy change will impact the lives of over 800,000 young immigrants, along with their family and friends, and will have serious consequences for the future of our country.

We are compiling how our member organizations are responding to this issue and programming resources. Please share with the Forum any statements or other actions that your organization takes regarding DACA; send them to Courtney Moore.

Our member, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) is compiling a list of how philanthropy is responding and a resource page with post-cancellation information and analysis.

How Our Members Are Responding

Arizona Grantmakers Forum issed a statement "urging Congress to act immediately to ensure that the nearly 800,000 immigrants enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program can continue to live, work and learn without fear of deportation."

Associated Grant Makers helped its member The Hyams Foundation share a message to its membership to sign onto an advertorial in the Boston Globe. View the advertorial.

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees issued a statement declaring that  “DACA's repeal demands a robust response from philanthropy.” GCIR is compiling statements from foundations and PSOs, along with related resources. To add your statement or other resources to GCIR’s resource page on DACA, please send them to

Funders for LGBTQ Issues issued a statement noting that “nearly half of the estimated 75,000 eligible LGBT young undocumented immigrants have taken advantage of DACA, allowing them to dramatically improve their lived experience.”

Philanthropy California issued a statement urging policymakers to “develop a solution that protects these young people and upholds our nation’s promise of freedom, fairness, and prosperity for all.”  

Programming to Learn More

Dreams in Limbo: A Look at the Future of DACA, Young Immigrants, and How Funders Can Respond
September 14, 2017 | 4-5 pm ET
This webinar for funders, co-sponsored by the Forum will address: How are DACAmented immigrants, as well as their supporters and allies, responding to this policy setback? What legislative options and trade-offs are being contemplated? What immediate and long-term needs and strategies should philanthropy prioritize? 

DACA's Termination: What Funders Need to Know in the Immediate Term
This five-page brief from Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees offers philanthropy guidance on responding to the September 5th termination and phasing out of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The brief provides an overview of DACA and its impact, the implications of its recission, and a demographic profile of the individuals affected.