September 5, 2017

Dear KIPP Bay Area Schools Community,

We are dismayed by President Trump’s announcement that he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months.

DACA is a program that protects young people who came to the United States as children from deportation and creates a temporary legal pathway for nearly 800,000 “Dreamers” to attend college, work or serve in the military. Rather than eliminate DACA protections, our country should provide a permanent path to citizenship for DREAMers, fully embracing their courage, contributions, potential, and legitimacy.

While DACA’s future is uncertain, our commitment – to all of our students, families and alumni – is stronger than ever.

KIPP Bay Area Schools is proud to stand with the Bay Area’s immigrant families. We want to remind our school communities that our schools remain safe places where students can learn and succeed, regardless of their immigration status. And we are committed to doing everything in our power to help ensure that the rights of our students, families and staff are protected and the values of our community are respected.

We are currently working on ways we can help to alleviate the harmful impacts on our community given the President’s announcement. We are making sure KIPP students and alumni have the support they need to make college a reality through our KIPP Through College program. Our college counseling and financial advising services will remain open and available to all KIPP Bay Area Schools students and alumni.

Here is some guidance for those in our community who may be impacted by the loss of DACA protections. You can stay updated on DACA news and ways to stand with Dreamers by signing up at FWD.US.

Over the next six months, leaders in Congress will be working on a legislative solution to help Dreamers and make DACA protections permanent. I assure you that KIPP will be mobilizing to make sure our voices are heard and I hope I can count on the whole KIPP Bay Area Schools community to join us. I urge you to call your Members of Congress today to let them know you stand in support of DACA and Dreamers, and to encourage passage of the bi-partisan Dream Act.

We will keep our KIPP Bay Area Schools community updated as new information becomes available.

Sincerely,

Beth Sutkus Thompson