Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday let DREAMers from all over his state know that Chicago Public Schools are now a “Trump-free” zone. Emanuel made the announcement after the 45th President of the United States announced his plans to end the DACA program in six months.
“To all the Dreamers that are here in this room and in the city of Chicago: You are welcome in the city of Chicago. This is your home. And you have nothing to worry about,” Mr. Emanuel told a group of freshman on the first day of classes at Solorio Academy High School.
“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,” Mr. Emanuel said. “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.”
Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool told the Chicago Sun-Times that the school system is a “sanctuary” for undocumented students.
“We do not allow federal agents on these grounds and in this building,” he said. “You are safe and secure here to learn, to grow and to pursue your dreams and we hope that you do so.”
President Barack Obama signed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program into law using an executive order. DACA allows illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to be shielded from deportation.