Statement by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. on Decision Regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Policy

September 5, 2017

 “Today’s announcement by the Trump Administration to remove protection from deportation for young people brought into this country by their parents is a dark moment in our history. Tens of thousands of New Yorkers will be directly impacted by the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, and the potential removal of law-abiding, tax-paying, and hardworking individuals from schools, jobs, communities, and entire industries will have a ripple effect far beyond that circle. Most distressingly, this action will surely widen the gap between law enforcement and a vulnerable population that is already disproportionately affected by crime, dissuading victims and witnesses from reporting real crimes and public safety threats for fear of deportation. I want to assure undocumented New Yorkers today that my Office remains a safe place to report crime.”