DC Mayor rebels against president-elect: DC will remain a Sanctuary City

WASHINGTON -- Mayor Muriel Bowser publicly took a stand against president-elect Donald Trump’s immigration plans, and she was not alone.

Mayors of Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and other major cities also said they will do what they can to protect residents from deportation.

Sunday, in a TV interview, Trump said his first priority will be deporting criminals and securing the border.

A message the nation is familiar with, from his campaign speeches.

“The first thing that I’m going to do the first paper that I’m going to sign, we are going to get rid of these people,” exclaimed Trump to a crowd while campaigning in Iowa.

Fernanda Durand, spokesperson for CASA, told DCW50, families are concerned, parents are afraid they will be ripped away from their children.

“They’ve been calling, coming up, asking questions, should I not go outside?  Should I not take my kids to school?” explained Durand.

Washington, D.C.  is one of 31 sanctuary cites in the nation, meaning, police are told not to ask people about their immigration status or share that type of information with federal agencies.

While running for office, Trump guaranteed he would end all sanctuary cities and withhold taxpayer dollars from cities that refuse to follow his lead.

However, Mayor Muriel Bowser was one of a several mayors that chose to rebel against the president-elect by keeping the District a safe place for immigrants.

Monday, Bowser released a statement saying:

"The values, laws, and policies of Washington, DC did not change on Election Day. We celebrate our diversity and respect all DC residents no matter their immigration status. We are a sanctuary city because we know that our neighborhoods are safer and stronger when no one is afraid to call on our government for help, and when our police can focus on protecting and serving."

Durand said the community appreciates the mayor’s public stance on the issue, but there is still a fear of the unknown.

“So we are just telling them things are not going to change from one day to another, things will change gradually, and we are going to be there all the way through,” Durand explained.

She said CASA is working to set up a hotline for people to call if they are harassed by officers or anyone else about deportation