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Preparing for the Next Challenge: Our Commitment to Immigrants is Steadfast

Friends and allies, 

The past few weeks have laid bare the hardening political reality against immigrants as Trump’s dangerous lies perpetuate anti-immigrant sentiment and action. We don’t have to look further than the Presidential debate to see how Trump has moved past the “Build the Wall” rhetoric to promising “Mass Deportations” of immigrants as the solution to our social and political challenges. The debate was concerning on many levels, but it was more so because such dangerous, frightful, and dehumanizing claims went unchallenged as if they were now common sense, the politically and socially acceptable norm. 

This darkening political climate underscores the urgency of our work. While the future may seem uncertain, I want to assure you that MAF remains steadfast in doing all that we can to provide resources, tools, and guidance to help low-income immigrant families. Time and time again, we show up with real, meaningful, and timely solutions to help them navigate and make it through times of crisis. This is the essence of our work; it’s how we meet people where they are and why we put the best of technology and finance to build solutions in the context of their lives.

Immigrants Drive our Economy: The Case for Increased Support

During the COVID-19 pandemic, MAF supported immigrants when no one else would. Our support helped families weather and recover from the pandemic faster, significantly contributing to our surprising economic recovery and expansion. Reports are just now showing the important contributions immigrants are making towards our nation’s prosperity and economic growth. 

Instead of ignoring the people underpinning the economic recovery, which many analysts are calling the “envy” of the post-pandemic world, we need to focus on helping immigrants more. Millions of families live in fear of deportation, and even those with legal status are frightened that their progress could end any day. We  celebrated 12 years of DACA this summer. The executive order that protected over 800,000 people from deportations, allowing them to continue their studies and establish careers and families in the US; however, the program is under threat in the courts. Ending the policy will upend their lives and significantly disrupt their families, communities, and the economic well-being of our country.

MAF is Building Solutions and Showing Up for Immigrant Communities

This is no way to live. The uncertainty is overwhelming, depressing our human and economic potential. At MAF, we are working closely with immigration legal experts to find better ways to provide clients with information, advice, and financial support that can move them forward on their path to legalization and secure legal status as best they can. We’re actively fostering a community of support for immigrants, providing culturally relevant solutions to improve their financial lives. 

We firmly believe that by building solutions in the context of their lives, on what is good and what matters in people’s lives, we can drive real and lasting change. This is how we demonstrate a better way forward and how we push back against the dangerous rhetoric that can rip our communities apart. 

While we acknowledge the emotional toll that these challenges can take on our staff and the communities we serve, we remain hopeful and committed to our mission. We are fortunate to be a part of a passionate community of allies, partners, activists, and supporters who work with dedication and empathy. We will continue to support one another, learn from our experiences, and adapt to the ever-changing landscape of immigration policy.

Join Us in Making a Difference

I invite you to join us on this journey. Your support is invaluable, whether you’re an advocate, a volunteer, or someone who believes in the power of community. Together, we can create a world where everyone, regardless of their background, has the opportunity to thrive.

In solidarity,

José Quiñonez