Baltimore, MoCo leaders sign appeal to Trump to keep DACA alive

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Rahm Emanuel

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Mayors from cities all over the US have signed onto a plea issued by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel for President-Elect Trump not to repeal DACA, a key part of the Obama administration’s immigration policy.

Two of the signatories were former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie-Rawlings Blake, and current Montgomery County Executive, Isiah Leggett. Rawlings-Blake did not seek re-election in 2016 and was replaced by fellow Democrat, Mayor Catherine Pugh.

On Nov. 17, Pugh reaffirmed that Baltimore is a ‘welcoming city’ for refugees and immigrants.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is an immigration policy created by the Obama administration in 2012 which allows undocumented immigrants who were brought here as young children to get a renewable two-year grace period in which they can’t be deported, as well as participate in American civil liberties.

Trump has said he would rescind an executive action from Obama that would extend DACA and create DAPA (a similar law for parents of undocumented immigrants). But Trump has been unclear on his support for DACA itself.

In an interview with Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s Meet the Press, Todd said to Trump. “You’re going to split up families. You’re going to deport children.” Trump replied, “Chuck — no, no. No, we’re going to keep the families together. We have to keep the families together.” Todd then asked, “But you’re going to kick them out?”

Trump replied, “They have to go.” Todd then asked, “What if they have no place to go?” Trump said, “We will work with them. They have to go. Chuck, we either have a country or we don’t have a country. Either we have a country or not.”

In the letter to Trump, Emanuel makes his case by saying that “DACA is good for our nation’s economy” and “DACA makes our communities and country safer”.

The letter can be read in full here.