Emanuel gives letter to Trump asking to protect immigrants

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CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he hand-delivered to Donald Trump a letter from mayors of some of the nation’s largest cities urging the incoming president to continue to protect young immigrants.

Emanuel told reporters after his Wednesday orning meeting with Trump in New York that the letter asked him to continue a provision that protects immigrants who came to the U.S. before age 16 from deportation.

Emanuel says the 14 mayors believe those immigrants are “something we should hold up and embrace.”

Trump has vowed to repeal Obama administration programs that shield thousands of people from deportation.

Emanuel said earlier this week that Trump called him to talk about the White House transition. Emanuel is a former chief of staff to President Barack Obama and worked in the Clinton administration.