FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 8, 2017
Open Hearts Statement on DACA
Phoenix, AZ (Sept. 8, 2017) —Open Hearts Family Wellness joins our partners in behavioral health, advocates, and immigrant communities in standing against this week’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). Our nation is strongest when we embrace the diversity of ideas and contributions of everyone, including our young people.
For more than 43 years Open Hearts Family Wellness has been committed to improving the well being of children and their families by providing holistic, quality services. It pains us to see how these harmful policy decisions are creating much distress to immigrant youth and their families, as well as their supporters.
Thriving communities equal healthy families. Hundreds of thousands of young immigrants have relied on DACA for safety and stability in a nation that they have called home since childhood. Arizona alone has 27,000 DACA recipients. The decision to rescind DACA threatens the lives of countless young people who are contributing to the economic growth and success of the country and reneges on a promise that was made to them.
Rescinding DACA contradicts Open Heart’s ideals of building upon people’s strengths and empowering them to strive toward a better future. We are committed to advancing solutions to ensure that the nearly 800,000 young immigrants who successfully enrolled in DACA and the many more who are eligible to do so can continue to live, work, and learn in safety. In light of this week’s announcement, we urge policymakers to develop a solution that protects these young people and upholds our nation’s promise of freedom, fairness, and prosperity for all.
President, Board of Directors
|Argie “Arjelia” Gomez
President & CEO
About Open Hearts Family Wellness
Open Hearts Family Wellness, a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization, has been part of this community since 1974, providing a team-based approach to services designed to help support and empower clients as they chart an individual path towards emotional and mental wellness. For more information visit openheartsaz.org.