Kimberlee Sia, Chief Executive Officer of KIPP Colorado Schools, sent the following letter to KIPP Colorado Schools staff following today's announcement that the Trump administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
Dear KIPP Colorado Team and Family,
Today, Attorney General Sessions officially announced the Trump administration is rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which, for the last five years, has provided protection for undocumented immigrants who arrived to the United States at an early age, often referred to as “Dreamers.”
Despite widespread advocacy efforts both locally and nationally to influence the decision, the administration has decided to end the program with a six-month delay to allow a small amount of time for Congress to act legislatively to protect Dreamers. However, starting today, no new initial requests or associated applications will be acted on.
We are deeply distraught by the administration’s decision. Personally, I am saddened and I am angered.
We stand with our students, staff, families, and community, and will do everything we can to protect our Team & Family in the face of intimidation, persecution, and threats of deportation. Our schools, as always, will remain safe and welcoming spaces for all.
At KIPP Colorado, our students, no matter their immigration status, show up to class each day to work hard toward the goal of graduating from college and leading a life filled with choice and opportunity. Ensuring that they have access to a high quality public education free from fear of being separated from their families and friends is not only in the best interest of our country, it is also the right thing to do.
We are calling on our elected officials in Congress to act urgently to pass legislation that would create a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers in our community. We are voicing our strong support for the bipartisan DREAM Act, and we urge our lawmakers to commit their support to this important legislation as well.
I am amazed at the tremendous accomplishments I see from our students and alumni each day and the contributions they make in the classroom and community, often in the face of adversity. Their drive to succeed in school and beyond is an endless source of inspiration for me. I know we are best as a nation and as a community when we are united toward creating a brighter future for all. At KIPP Colorado Schools, we will always fight for policies that unite and strengthen our communities, and against those policies that seek to divide and undermine.
Ours is a nation of opportunities, and we will continue to do everything we can to help all our students reach those opportunities and achieve success in college and in life.
Chief Executive Officer
KIPP Colorado Schools