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Big City Mayor Bans Trump

One major city has had quite enough of Donald Trump's antics.

The Mayor of Chicago is fed up with President Donald Trump's immigration policies, and he doesn't want to take it anymore. He's telling young 'dreamers' to ignore Trump, and promises that Chicago will remain a welcoming place for them.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was former President Barack Obama's Chief-of-Staff, and resigned shortly before Mr. Obama enacted the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Emanuel supported the program, which was designed to help 'dreamers', young adults brought to the U.S. illegally when they were minors, a chance to remain in the U.S. The DACA program allowed dreamers to attend college at state resident rates and gave them a path to citizenship, and a better life.

President Donald Trump has not been quite as friendly to immigrants as his predecessor. Trump's Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced last week that DACA was being rescinded, a move that would put numerous young people who grew up in the U.S. and established a life here at risk for deportation.

According to Sessions, "The policy was implemented unilaterally, to great controversy and legal concern.”

The DACA program announcement did have some unintentional consequences; namely, it spurred a surge of immigration of unaccompanied minors into the U.S. that the Federal government wasn’t equipped to handle. Children were put in danger as parents put them in the hands of ‘coyotes’, human traffickers, to bring them into the U.S. so that they could take advantage of the DACA program.

The move infuriated many Democrats who have supported the executive order. President Obama made an unusual move and lashed out at his successor for the decision, appealing to President Trump to reconsider.

“Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn’t threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us,” said Obama. “These Dreamers are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper.”

Mayor Emanuel says he's not having it in his city. He made a speech at Chicago's Solorio Academy High School to DACA recipients and reassured them that they would be safe in Chicago.

"To all the Dreamers that are here in this room and the city of Chicago: you are welcome in the city of Chicago. This is your home and you have nothing to worry about," he said.

“Chicago, our schools, our neighborhoods, our city, as it relates to what President Trump said, will be a Trump-free zone," stated Emanuel. "You have nothing to worry about. And I want you to know this, and I want your families to know this. And rest assured, I want you to come to school... and pursue your dreams.”

There are approximately 800,000 dreamers in the DACA program, most of whom come from Latin American countries. If they renew their applications in time, they may be safe for the time being. President Trump has promised to review the DACA program again in 6 months, but he urges Congress to begin working on more permanent legislation for dealing with so-called ‘dreamers’.

Source: Yahoo
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