GCIR collecting DACA responses, hosting webinar on DACA decision impacts

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees issued a statement yesterday on the executive action to rescind DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a policy created in 2012 to help young Americans who were brought to the US as children integrate into society and become American citizens.

GCIR’s statement begins:

On September 5, the Trump administration upended the lives of 800,000 young immigrants, dimming their hopes and dreams, threatening their livelihoods, and putting them at risk of being forcibly separated from their family, friends, and the only home many of them have ever known.

The repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program exacts an enormous human toll, not only on DACAmented immigrants and their families but on countless lives and institutions DACA beneficiaries have touched…. Without DACA, our nation stands to lose $460.3 billion in gross domestic product and $24.6 billion in Medicare and Social Security contributions over the next decade.

In addition to their own statement, GCIR is collecting responses from the philanthropic sector about the significance of this action, and hosting a webinar on September 14, “Dreams in Limbo: A Look at the Future of DACA, Young immigrants, and How Funders Can Respond.”  


If you would like to send your organization’s response to GCIR, please contact michael@gcir.org