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Santa Barbara Foundation Stands with DREAMers

Today the White House unnecessarily created an uncertain, fear-filled future for 800,000 DREAMers. With empathy and enrichment at the core of our values, the Santa Barbara Foundation disagrees with this decision in the strongest of terms, and vows to support and stand with the more than 90% of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) participants who are working, attending college, serving in our military, and in so many other ways contributing to the communal and economic growth of this nation. Here in Santa Barbara County and across the nation, the United States of America is the only home DREAMers have ever known. Our reaction to the discontinuation of the DACA program, which happens to enjoy bi-partisan support, is not about politics. It is because it is an assault on human decency.

Discontinuing DACA also threatens the economic health and stability of this nation. DACA participants work in a variety of professions, from healthcare to education to first responders. They pay taxes, shop in communities, buy homes and cars, and start new businesses. Studies, several of which were recently cited in an article by Julissa Arce at Fortune, predicted that should the program be terminated, the losses would be devastating. Ending DACA would reduce the nation's GDP by $433.4 billion over a decade. Without DACA, tax revenue would be seriously impacted. Over the next decade, $24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare contributions would be lost.

It is the hope of the Santa Barbara Foundation that Congress now acts in a bi-partisan manner and makes DACA the law of the land. But regardless of the outcome in Washington, we will steadfastly continue our commitment to DREAMers and all well-meaning hard-working Santa Barbara County residents as we honor and uphold our pledge to create and support resilient communities.

~ Santa Barbara Foundation CEO Ron Gallo, September 5, 2017
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