Mayors Across the US Pledge to Defy Trump’s DACA Decision

President Donald Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy on Tuesday, which offered protection and opportunities for young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children without documentation.

Mayors of major cities around the country reaffirmed their support for the Obama-era immigration policy on Tuesday in response to the announcement by Jeff Sessions that the administration was rescinding the program.

“President Trump’s decision today is pathologically cruel and a tragic repudiation of fundamental American values,” Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto said in a statement. “The President’s decision is ethically, legally and economically wrong. It puts the futures of nearly 1 million people at risk, more than 90 percent of whom are valuable members of the nation’s workforce.”

“DREAMers make our city and country stronger. Their fight is our fight. They are being used as political pawns by Trump. That’s just wrong,” Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said in a tweet.

Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser was also in opposition to the decision, and sent out a fact sheet showing how the city was committed to serving the entire community, immigrants included. In a statement, Bowser said, “Last month, I joined leaders from around the country in urging President Trump to preserve DACA, a program that has opened thousands of doors of opportunity for young people who consider the United States home and who have done everything our country has asked of them.”

Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued a statement saying that, “Not only will Chicago continue to welcome dreamers, we will pursue every legal option to protect our children.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took a defiant tone, calling Dreamers “neighbors” and vowed that the city would protect them.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said that, “Dreamers are every bit as American as I am, as you are, as anyone here is and anyone in the White House is,” and said immigrants are often the “pride of our community.”

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, a former civil rights attorney, directly called out the Trump administration for its hypocrisy regarding DREAMers and immigrants.

Trump has clashed with major city mayors before, as his administration has threatened sanctuary cities for maintaining a separation between community policing and immigration enforcement, particularly for those immigrants who do not have violent criminal records.