Regarding the Elimination of DACA
Dear students, parents, supporters, and partners:
Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) was founded on the belief that every child deserves the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Today, even as our values and community are under threat, we affirm that we will continue to act on that belief.
The rollback of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program eliminates a resource that many of the children and families we serve utilize to affect their financial future, become leaders in their communities, and achieve their dreams. For some, the end of DACA is a direct threat to their safety and well-being and that of their loved ones; for many more, it is felt as a deeply hurtful, anti-immigrant statement.
HOLA believes that the youth we serve are among the brightest hopes for our nation’s future, not in spite of the myriad challenges they face, but because of them. Traveling the complex path to citizenship, experiencing poverty, escaping gang violence, and succeeding academically despite an under-resourced school—these are all experiences that create people of exceptional character, deep compassion, and a dynamic worldview.
We are proud to foster a community with such remarkable promise, and we pledge to work collaboratively with that community as we take our next steps and provide support.
Heart of Los Angeles is currently taking action to ensure our families are getting the information they need about what the elimination of DACA will mean for them, as well as using all available influence to affect legislative next steps. Our younger students will continue to find a place of safety, stability, and joy as they come through our doors, and we will support our older students as they process their emotions, organize, and identify the actions that will help them feel empowered.
Throughout this process, we will listen closely to our constituents. We embrace the leadership of those who are most affected by the DACA rollback, and we invite your feedback and suggestions for how we can better support you.
We also ask our generous community of donors and volunteers to continue to show our students and families compassion and friendship during this difficult time. Your support makes vital programs and services possible, and it also serves as a powerful message to those who are suffering in the wake of yesterday's news.
Chief Executive Officer
September 11, 2017