A statement by the Steve Fund regarding the repeal of DACA

The following can be attributed to Dr. Terri Wright, Executive Director of the Steve Fund:

“As an organization dedicated to the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color, the Steve Fund is extremely concerned about the impact of repealing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This repeal will affect mostly young persons of color, also known as Dreamers.

Most DACA recipients are Latinx and Hispanics. The repeal strikes at the core of the population the Steve Fund cares about. Most of these young people have only known one home all their lives, the United States. One cannot fathom the mental anguish and emotional stress they must feel right now at the possibility of being deported to countries that they barely remember.

There are few stresses more profound than the possibility of being forcefully extracted from your community, from your loved ones, and from your home, and be deported to a place with which you have no familiarity. The Steve Fund will be unwavering in its mission of promoting the mental health and well-being of young people of color including students of color.

We will explore every way in which we can support those affected mentally and emotionally by the DACA repeal. If you know any Dreamers who might be anguished about the repeal of DACA, please let them know that they can text “STEVE” to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor 24/7.“