It’s unclear whether or not Donald Trump made his controversial DACA decision in order to shore up his extreme, Alt-right base. But regardless, I’m quite certain he was not prepared for the fierce backlash that was waiting for him on the other side of his latest inhumane move.
One of the best stories of resistance to Trump announcing the DACA decision comes out of Chicago.
Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago, has declared the city of Chicago to be a “Trump-free zone,” after President Trump announced he was rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) which was established by former president Barack Obama in 2012 and prevented an estimated 800,000 people who came to the United States as children (often called “Dreamers”) from being deported.
The announcement was widely criticized as long-time critic of DACA and current Attorney General Jeff Sessions appealed the need to remove the immigration program in a proactively defensive fashion. The statements of both President Trump and Attorney General Sessions were immediately annihilated by fact-checkers.
The Chicago mayor and former White House Chief Of Staff assured a group young DACA recipients at Chicago’s Solorio Academy High School that they remain welcome, despite President Trump’s decision on the matter. Mayor 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.”
Emanuel added, “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. And rest assured, I want you to come to school— and pursue your dreams.”