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Sanctuary cities vow to protect their illegal immigrants from Trump's immigration plan

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at a news conference Monday in Chicago. Emanuel said the outcome of the presidential election won't impact Chicago's commitment as a sanctuary city for immigrants. Chicago has been a sanctuary city since the late 1980s, meaning authorities and city officials aren't allowed to ask residents about their immigration status during routine activities, like traffic stops. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

Mayors of sanctuary cities such as San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston have taken to making announcements to their citizens, stating that they will do all they can to protect their illegal residents from the coming deportation threatened by President-elect Donald Trump.

According to ABC News, New York's Bill de Blasio, Chicago's Rahm Emanuel, and Seattle's Ed Murray are among the city officials who are telling their immigrant residents that they have nothing to fear.

"Seattle has always been a welcoming city," said Murray. "The last thing I want is for us to start turning on our neighbors."

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is also among those who plan to stand against Trump's immigration plan.

“We are a welcoming city for all. These are Boston values and no policy will change them," said Mayor Walsh.

However, even within the sanctuary cities, there is disagreement about how the immigration plan should be handled. Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson believes that by not complying with federal law to protect illegal immigrants, sanctuary cities are providing easy places to hide for criminals and terrorists.

“What’s really troubling about this is that any elected official in this country would suggest that there should be a certain class of people who do not have to abide by our laws,” Hodgson says.

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