Helios Signs Stand For Children’s Letter of Support on DACA Policy
Posted on: January 15, 2017
Helios Education Foundation’s Founding Chairman, Vince Roig, and President and CEO, Paul Luna, have signed Stand For Children’s letter of support on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Stand For Children issued the letter, seeking support from education leaders and calling on national leaders to preserve protections for law-abiding young immigrants currently covered by DACA. The policy covers students, teachers and others who are making vital contributions to our communities, but could face immediate deportation without these protections.
The letter of support is below. If you would like to learn more about Stand For Children’s efforts or to sign the letter of support, visit their website at www.stand.org/daca. The deadline to sign the letter is
Tuesday, January 17.
Stand For Children's Letter in Support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals:
As leaders in public education, we seek to provide children with the skills they need to thrive, pursue their goals, and contribute to American society.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is crucially important to public education across the country, from preschool to 12th grade. Passage of the DREAM Act would help us realize the potential of the children in our classrooms today. We believe students brought to the U.S. as children must be able to pursue an education without the threat of deportation, and have a pathway to fully participate in American society as citizens. To be clear, these are young people in whom we already have invested. They are part of our community, and as graduates they have the capacity to contribute to our economy and society.
DACA also enables college graduates to work as teachers. Teachers in the U.S. under DACA fill a tremendous need in a shortage area for many school systems; many are bilingual and have graduated from top universities. Since they share similar backgrounds with many students, these teachers also have a deep impact as role models. DACA teachers help schools to be safe, supportive, thriving academic and social environments that prepare young people for college, the workplace, and flourishing lives. If DACA is discontinued, without passage of the DREAM Act, our schools will lose these vitally important teachers.
Out of concern for children and the strength of our nation, we respectfully call on officials at the highest levels of power to address this issue in an urgent way. Students must be able to attend school and graduate with a clear path toward a productive future, and teachers who were brought here as children must be able to continue to strengthen our schools and our nation.