Big-city mayors pledge to protect undocumented immigrants

On his first day in office, President-elect Donald Trump has promised to cut federal funding to so-called sanctuary cities – communities that have set a policy of not prosecuting residents based solely on immigration status – in order to deter continued protection of the 2 million “criminal illegal immigrants” he plans to deport.

Yet, since the election results shocked the country last Tuesday, the mayors of several prominent sanctuary cities, including New York, San Francisco, and, more recently, Chicago, have vowed to continue to serve the people of their cities regardless of immigration status and say they will not coordinate with federal law enforcement in this matter.

“To all those who are, after Tuesday’s election, very nervous and filled with anxiety as we’ve spoken to, you are safe in Chicago, you are secure in Chicago, and you are supported in Chicago,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday, adding that government workers and police officers will not be allowed to ask about immigration status. “Chicago will always be a sanctuary city.” READ MORE.