Steppingstone Statement on DACA

Steppingstone strongly opposes the White House’s decision to rescind DACA, which will directly affect thousands of students in Massachusetts, including Steppingstone Scholars. Today, and every day, Steppingstone stands firmly in support of every student and family in our community, no matter where they were born or their citizenship status.

Scholars and families, your Steppingstone advisors, counselors, teachers, and community members are here for you. We value you. We are proud of your dedication and your achievements. And we commit to stand beside you. If you have concerns about your immigration status – or anything else – Steppingstone is here to support you, and you can always give your Steppingstone advisor a call.

Steppingstone families come from more than twenty different countries, and we have the privilege of working beside them as their Scholars strive each day to achieve their aspirations and improve the world around them. We’re proud to live in a city that values diversity, promotes inclusion, and stands by every member of our community.

Without DACA, 800,000 Americans are in danger of deportation – often to countries they do not remember and have never called home. Steppingstone is committed to supporting all Scholars during this period of upheaval and uncertainty. We will continue to partner with Ropes & Gray to provide free legal assistance to students and families facing immigration concerns. We will work to ensure that students, families, and teachers have the resources they need to face the challenges ahead. We will strive to make every community member feel safe, supported, valued, and welcome.

Scholars and families, your Steppingstone advisors, counselors, teachers, and community members are here for you. We value you. We are proud of your dedication and your achievements. And we commit to stand beside you. If you have concerns about your immigration status – or anything else – Steppingstone is here to support you, and you can always give your Steppingstone advisor a call.

Resources:

Know Your Rights: Download and share flyers made available through United We Dream and translated into multiple languages.

We Are Here to Stay: This site is powered and updated by immigrant youth and shares resources like an FAQ on DACA Termination, list of Five Things You Should Know, and a Mental Health Emergency Toolkit.

Informed Immigrant: This site shares resources, FAQs, videos and more.

DACA Webinar: The Immigrant Legal Resource Center is offering a DACA Updates Webinar on September 7 at 4:00pm EST and have created a one-pager outlining what you need to know about the end of DACA.

Facts for Teachers: This flyer summarizes what teachers and schools need to know about the rights of immigrants and the threat of deportation.

BPS Statement: Read and access resources here.

Statement from the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition: Including helpful information about DACA’s impact on the American economy. “97% of [DACA] beneficiaries are employed or in school, paying taxes and contributing to our economy. Ending it will cost an estimated 700,000 jobs and $2 billion a year in tax revenue. It will force highly productive, skilled workers underground, harming U.S. businesses and impoverishing our communities. This is why DACA has overwhelming support among employers, educators, political and faith leaders, and voters.”

Why Trump Should Welcome Dreamers: This opinion piece shares the story of one group of DREAMers and explains how ending DACA will not only impact immigrant families, but America as a whole.

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Art created by a Steppingstone Scholar