CHICAGO — Mayor Emanuel flew to New York today to meet with president-elect Donald Trump to discuss to some hot topics including Chicago’s finances, infrastructure and immigration.
On immigration, Emanuel reiterated that Chicago will remain a sanctuary city, despite Trump’s campaign promise to deport millions of undocumented immigrants. Emanuel delivered a letter signed by 14 mayors from across the country asking Trump to continue a program started by President Obama that defers deportation action against immigrants who were brought to the U.S. before they were 16 years old, also known as “DREAMers.”
“These are dreamers who are pursuing the American dream and we should embrace them instead of doing a bait-and-switch,” Emanuel said after the meeting Wednesday.
In a private meeting, Mayor Emanuel hand-delivered a letter from US mayors to the President-Elect urging him to continue the DACA program. pic.twitter.com/MQgxENfSai
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The mayor is in New York for a series of other meetings, but the schedule change landed him at Trump Tower at 9 a.m. This morning’s meeting was at the request of the president-elect, who has actually contributed to Emanuel’s political campaigns in the past. It’s the first face-to-face discussion between the mayor and the president-elect since the election.
Emanuel spokesman Adam Collins said Trump asked Emanuel for a meeting when the two had a phone conversation a few weeks ago. Emanuel is a former chief of staff to President Barack Obama and also worked in the Clinton administration. Emanuel said earlier this week that Trump called him to talk about the White House transition.
The mayor said he discussed “a range of things” with Trump.
During the presidential campaign, Trump promised to withhold funding for sanctuary cities.