Donald Trump has been banned from the city of Chicago
Earlier this week, President Donald Trump revoked the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) scheme. DACA protected almost 800,000 'Dreamers', or young people who are the children of undocumented immigrants. The program allowed Dreamers to defer deportation by providing them with education and work.
Trump's Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a known opponent of DACA, announced the residence of the program. He said, “the policy was implemented unilaterally, to great controversy and legal concern”.
In response to the decision, Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel has declared the city a "Trump-free zone". Emanuel tweeted a video of his response to Trump's announcement, which was recorded at Solorio Academy High School.
“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,” Emanuel said.
Emanuel also spoke to a group of freshmen on their first day of classes.
"Chicago, our schools, our neighbourhoods, our city – as it relates to what president Trump said – is a Trump-free zone. You have nothing to worry about."
Trump's decision to end the policy was met with widespread disappointment, with public protests breaking out across the country. Former president Barack Obama, who implemented the program in 2012, wrote an emotional post about the decision on Facebook:
"To target these young people is wrong – because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating – because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel."
Emanuel showed similar compassion to the ambitions of the Dreamer community: “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 wan to be a part of those dreams,” he said.
The 787,580 Dreamers across the United States are largely from Latin America, and are aged between 15 and 36 years old. DACA will only be replaced if Congress passes legislation on the issue, and they have been given until March next year to reach a decision. This has been met with fears of a split between lawmakers who have to decide on the issue.
The people currently protected under DACA won't see any changes until next March. President Trump has indicated that he hopes for “an orderly transition and wind-down” of the DACA policy. Those currently working under DACA will be given two-year work permits, but new applications to the program will no longer be accepted.