Rockland leaders send message of support following DACA withdrawalPosted: Updated:
Many undocumented immigrants in Rockland County and around the country are fearful of their futures after President Donald Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program, also known as DACA.
Police, government officials and school leaders came together Friday to reassure people who will lose the program's protections. They say they will not enforce federal immigration policy on a local level.
DACA shields undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children from deportation. Some of them have since grown up and have children over their own who now fear their parents may be deported.
Local police say residents should not live in fear, and if they are in trouble or witness a crime to continue to ask for help.
"We're not looking for people's immigration status. We're not looking to check on anybody. We're not looking to deport anybody. I will not do that as a sheriff and the chief of police won't do that in Rockland County and we will stand by that," says Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco.
Law enforcement says they will continue their UVISA program, which helps undocumented individuals who were victims of crimes get visas and green cards by working with the police.
And school officials are also trying to reassure people affected by the end of DACA.
"Federal agents are not to come into schools and remove children," says Mary Jean Marsico, chief operator of Rockland BOCES. "We are safe haven."