JUST IN: First Major U.S. City Declares ‘Trump-Free Zone,’ Pledging Protection For DREAMers

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On Tuesday, after days and days of rumors suggesting the Trump Administration was planning on ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Attorney General Jeff Sessions made it official following an early morning tweet to that effect from the president.

Chicago Mayor and Obama-era White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel has now joined the chorus of those speaking out against the move, declaring his city to be a “Trump-free zone” and telling those affected by the administration’s decision who live in his city that they have nothing to worry about.

He said:

‘To all the Dreamers that are here… you are welcomed in the city of Chicago. This is your home and you have nothing to worry about. Chicago, our schools, our neighborhoods, our city, as it relates to what President Trump said, will be a Trump-free zone. You have nothing to worry about.

Throughout the course of his remarks, the Chicago mayor noted that his city has a robust educational system which provides free community college to anyone who graduates high school with an at least B average — and that program is as open to those in the U.S. under DACA, who Emanuel urged to “pursue your dreams,” as much it is to anyone else.

As the mayor concluded:

‘To all those who are part of what are referred to as DACA, or ‘Dreamers’, you will always be ‘Dreamers’ in the eyes of the city of Chicago because you have big dreams and we want to be a part of those dreams.’

Emanuel’s announcement comes on the heels of a months-long battle between some major cities — including Chicago — and the Trump Administration over these municipalities’ respective decisions to be “sanctuary cities” for immigrants. Those municipalities who have made such a decision refuse to cooperate with federal immigration agents.

The Trump Administration’s decision to end DACA comes with a catch — Congress has six months to figure out a solution to the controversies surrounding the program before the president’s decision goes into effect.

The president’s decision is purely a political one — immigrant communities do not harbor especially large crime rates, and by and large, the members of these communities work hard to better themselves and their communities.

Watch Emanuel’s comments below.

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