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Center for Policing Equity Director of Law Enforcement Engagement Statement on President Trump’s Ending of DACA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 6, 2017

CONTACT:
Lauren E. Williams
Lauren@policingequity.org

Center for Policing Equity Director of Law Enforcement Engagement Statement on President Trump’s Ending of DACA

NEW YORK, NY – Yesterday, Chief Chris Burbank, director of law enforcement engagement of the Center for Policing Equity and former chief of the Salt Lake City Police Department, released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

“As a nation we are at our best when humanity drives our decision making. Unfortunately, rhetoric, xenophobia and fear overruled reason today in the determination to end DACA.

“In my experience, derisive and exclusionary behavior has only served to increase crime and disorder. The open participation of all individuals in a community creates trust and ultimately safety.

“Today we stepped backwards, losing the trust and cooperation of 800,000 members of our community.”

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Latinos In Three Cities Are Reporting Fewer Crimes Since Trump Took Office

There is historical precedent for immigration policies’ affecting reporting among undocumented immigrants. Salt Lake City encountered similar issues when the state legislature debated a bill that would require local law enforcement to detain unauthorized immigrants, recalled Chris Burbank, the [director or law enforcement engagement at the Center for Policing Equity and] police chief at the time. “What we found was, not surprisingly, undocumented individuals would be less likely to report crimes,” he said in an interview. “We had children go missing … but their parents wouldn’t call the police. We heard about them from neighbors.”  Read more here.