In Support to Those Affected by The Decision to End DACA

The federal administration announced yesterday (September 5, 2017) that it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This puts an expiration date on the legal protections granted to “DREAMers”, individuals who entered the country as children without documentation. In many communities, including San Mateo County, this is a time of uncertainty and fear for young people previously protected by DACA and their families.

The Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE) staff sends our compassion to those who are affected by this decision. We also affirm our dedication to diversity and multiculturalism, to building bridges, and to equity.

Researchers at Stanford University’s Immigration Policy Lab looked at more than 5,600 immigrant mothers to determine whether their DACA eligibility would influence their children’s mental health. Looking at Medicaid claims data before and after DACA they found that DACA did, in fact, have an affect on the mental health of youth. The rate of mental health issues in children whose moms were eligible dropped from 7.8 percent to 3.3 percent, or by more than half of the 8,600 sampled youth.

ODE offers ‘Know Your Rights’ cards, also known as ‘Red Cards’, to our community challenged with situations in which they might need to defend themselves from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. To the providers in our county, please contact us to provide Red Cards for your clients and consumers. We provide cards in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Tongan, and Hmong. You may learn more about Know Your Rights Red Cards here: https://www.ilrc.org/red-cards and email Hillary Chu, at hcchu@smcgov.org, to request Red Cards.

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As public servants, we are all dedicated to advocating for clients and consumers and to supporting community members experiencing distress after the administration’s announcement. As people, we are affected by this decision too. For suggestions on managing individual and community stress, see our resource cards: http://www.smchealth.org/pod/new-resources. Within it, you will find our “Dealing With Community Stress” cards as well as other post-election resources.

dealing_with_community_stress_2.jpgRead more about DACA here: https://www.ilrc.org/daca

In solidarity,

Office of Diversity and Equity staff

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