Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce President Richard Hernandez has released the following statement on behalf of the Chamber Board of Directors in regard to President Trump’s revocation of the DACA (Deferred Action for Child Arrivals) policy:
“The President’s action to end DACA is directly damaging to the U.S. economy, to workforce readiness, and to the interests of countless small businesses and major corporations alike,” Hernandez said. “With this action, our government has told 800,000 young, educated, law-abiding workers, most of whom know no other home than the United States, that we don’t want them here. These young Dreamers represent a significant investment in our country’s future—an investment in which all of us, as tax-payers, business owners and citizens, have a stake. These Dreamers are the workforce we depend upon to help us build our small businesses. These Dreamers are the same talented young people in which organizations such as our Rainbow Chamber Foundation have invested time, mentoring and scholarship funding. No society, no economy, can afford to discard so callously its best and brightest assets.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those whose families and futures have been put at risk by the Trump administration’s reckless and inhumane repeal of DACA, and we call upon Congress to act quickly to prevent what surely will be a tremendous loss to our country’s future.”
Roll-back of Guidelines Guaranteeing Access to Gender-Appropriate Facilities Violates Civil Rights of Transgender Youth
Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce President Richard Hernandez has released the following statement on behalf of the Chamber Board of Directors in regard to actions of the Trump administration revoking guidelines protecting transgender students:
“The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce strongly opposes the recent actions taken by President Donald Trump and his administration to overturn guidelines issued in 2016 guaranteeing all students access to gender-segregated facilities such as restrooms and locker rooms in federally funded schools.
“Growing up is hard enough for any child. Transgender children, faced with the added challenge of living in bodies that do not match their gender identities, are particularly vulnerable to bullying, discrimination, depression and suicide. Yet, with support from the institutions and the adults in their lives, we know that these courageous young people can succeed in school and become healthy, productive members of our communities and our workforce.
“No person, adult or child, should be singled out to use a separate facility or forced to seek special permission simply to use a restroom or shower facility where he or she feels safe. Protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender should not be left to the discretion of state officials, just as protection from discrimination based on religious affiliation or ethnicity is not applied on a state-by-state basis.
“As many of America’s largest corporations continue to affirm, prejudice and discrimination against any group of people is harmful for families and bad for economic growth. The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, which represents LGBT business owners and their allies in a six-county region, urges the Trump administration to reconsider its action and to reinstate the 2016 guidelines advising federally funded schools to ensure the safety, dignity and equal rights of all students in using gender-segregated facilities.”
The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce is a regional chamber serving LGBT business owners and professionals across the Sacramento Valley, as well as straight allies who support its mission of fostering a prosperous, diverse and inclusive business climate. For more information about the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, visit www.rainbowchamber.com.