Trump might not be too welcome in Chicago for a while.
Chicago Major, Rahm Emmanuel, has lashed out at U.S. President Donald Trump, following Trump’s decision to end the protection of undocumented immigrants known as “dreamers”.
Emmanuel announced an (obviously informal) ban on the president coming to the Windy City, declaring Chicago a “Trump-free zone” during a speech to young recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) at the city’s Solorio Academy High School.
“To all the Dreamers that are here in this room and the city of Chicago: you are welcome in the city of Chicago,” Emmanuel said. “This is your home and you have nothing to worry about.”
Emmanuel, a Democrat, served as White House Chief of Staff under Obama from January 2009 to October 2010.
DACA was introduced by former president Barack Obama in 2012. It offers youths brought illegally to the U.S. two years’ protection from deportation. Other conditions include the youths living continuously in the U.S. since 2007 and not having a criminal record.
Trump’s Attorney General Jess Sessions announced on Tuesday that those protections will come to an end by next March, notwithstanding any roadblocks in Congress.
In a Facebook post, Obama called the move “wrong”,”self-defeating” and “cruel”.
“Let’s be clear: the action taken today isn’t required legally,” Obama wrote. It’s a political decision, and a moral question. 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.”
DACA recipients are known as Dreamers because of the proposed Development, Relief, Education for Minors Act (DREAM) Act, a legislative proposal that would have given residency to illegal immigrants if they met certain conditions.
Under the DREAM Act, DACA recipients would be eligible for conditional resident status. For permanent residency, they would have to either attend an institute of higher learning or serve in the military for at least two years.
The DREAM Act was first introduced in 2001, but failed to pass that year and in subsequent attempts (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2017).
With no DREAM Act bill to sign, Obama established DACA to support young illegal immigrants.
If Trump gets his way – and there is little to suggest the Republican run Congress will stop him – those dreams will end next month.