Former president Barack Obama introduced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme in 2012. This was an immigration policy that prevented children who came to the US from being deported. The undocumented children were referred to as “Dreamers”. The US president has now rescinded the programme, causing yet another uproar. In response to Trump’s decision, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has now declared the city a ‘Trump-free zone’.
In a passionate speech given at Chicago’s Solorio Academy High School, Emanuel said “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 then said “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. And I want you to know this, and I want your families to know this.”
Emanuel previously served as Obama’s chief of staff from January 2009 to October 2010. Obama called Trump’s actions “wrong and self-defeating”.
— Mayor Rahm Emanuel (@ChicagosMayor) September 5, 2017
Emanuel calls on Republican Gov. Rauner to establish ‘Bill of Rights’
Chicago, Illinois is among 15 states now suing to block Trump’s plan to end DACA. The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday in a New York federal court. In a news release, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said that the decision to end the program is “fundamentally unfair, hurts our state economy and violates the law.” She went on to say that “these are Americans in every way but their birthright. For centuries, our country has benefitted from immigrants who came here and worked hard for a better life. Rescinding DACA is contrary to what makes our country prosper.”
Emanuel is now calling on Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner to back a “Bill of Rights” for young immigrants. However, the issue is up to the federal government and not the states. Rauner said that “I do not believe this challenge for these children can be addressed on a state-by-state basis. … I think that would not be correct, not be the right solution. We need comprehensive immigration reform, it should be done at the federal level for the entire nation and it should be done by Congress.”
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