In response to President Trump’s decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, The Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emmanuel (D) said on Tuesday that Chicago would continue to welcome dreamers.
In a statement, Emmanuel said, “To all the Dreamers that are here in this room, and in the city of Chicago, you are welcomed in the city of Chicago. This is your home, and you have nothing to worry about.”
Earlier on Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the DACA program would be ended. DACA was a program that deferred deportation for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as minors. It also allowed for those undocumented immigrants to apply for work permits. The DACA program was created in 2012 by Barrack Obama.
Emmanuel continued in his statement, “Chicago, our schools, our neighborhoods, our city, as it relates to what President Trump said, we will be a Trump-free zone. You have nothing to worry about.”
He concluded by saying, “So, 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.”
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