The elected mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, said that illegal immigrants are always welcome in her city, even though it is President Trump who sends them there.
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On Friday, Trump confirmed reports that he was seriously considering transferring asylum seekers who had spent more than 20 days in democratically controlled sanctuary cities across the country.
Lightfoot, who was recently elected mayor, appeared on CNN and reaffirmed the sanctuary's policy in her city.
She rejected Trump as "provocative" and told CNN
Anderson Cooper claims that his city has been dealing with asylum seekers for decades. Trump's threats are "a lot of noise for nothing".
When asked if she was in agreement with Chicago outgoing mayor, Rahm Emanuel, about the reception of migrants in such circumstances, she replied "Of course."
"We have people who come regularly to this city. We have all the infrastructure that was built to ensure that their rights are protected while the city of Chicago has, under the current administration, provided funding to various groups to help asylum seekers and other people under a judicial immigration system. I expect it to continue, if not expand, this type of resources, "Lightfoot said.
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"So you have no problem with the President of the United States using migrants, undocumented immigrants as a weapon against political opponents," said presenter Cooper.
"No, no," she replied. "Listen, do not get me wrong, what I'm saying is that I do not think we should bite the bait every time the president posts a provocative tweet, which I think we need to do," he said. It is to make sure that we are very clear and that we express our values.
She continued, "We are a city that is a shrine city. We have immigrants from around the world who live in Chicago. They will continue to do that, and we will continue to make this community truly welcoming to these immigrants and we hope they come to Chicago. "