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"Dreamer" against Trump: How Chicago Defends the American Dream – Politics

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When the man in the White House tests the American dream, he is under eight wild months in office. In September, Donald Trump calls for the end of an immigration program that protects immigrants who were illegally transferred to the United States by their parents from deportation. He suddenly missed the future of 788,000 people with an expiration date. He could also have said that the Statue of Liberty was corrupting the port of New York. The protests in the proud immigrant country are forming immediately. Trump had shaken the myth that America has been telling about itself for 400 years. More passionate than any other topic, the Americans campaign for the so-called "Dreamer". The bosses of Apple, Microsoft and Facebook announce that they want to protect the Dreamer among their employees. Among the immigrants they were until then a legal peculiarity: They were born after 15 June 1981, between 15 and 36 years old. These are ambitious, well-educated people who are convinced that working hard in America can do it. More than 30 cities declare themselves to be so-called "sanctuary cities" that want to protect their dreamer from access by the immigration authorities. The city farthest reaches the southwestern tip of Lake Michigan. Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago, declared his city a "trump-free zone". By the end of August, Chicago had signed the Illinois Trust Act, which said that the sole status of a person's residence was not grounds for interrogation. Some say this would make Illinois the first "sanctuary state." Rahm Emanuel was chief of staff in the White House under Obama until he applied for mayor in 2011 with the slogan that Chicago should become the most immigrant-friendly city in the United States. The city was already fighting for its immigrants, as Donald Trump still gave the real estate shark in New York. Illinois was the first state to guarantee free health insurance for all undocumented children. In Illinois, "the undocumented" got a driver's license. Chicago is the only city in the US that allows even good, undocumented students to go to City College for free. When Trump's decision encounters unprecedented opposition, the conflict crystallizes. In War with the President Downtown Chicago City Hall is a from sleek high-rises converted classic granite granite, which does with its Corinthian columns as if Chicago is older than its 200 years. One of the first actions of the new mayor was to set up an office on the model of New York, which cares about the concerns of immigrants: the ONA, "Office of New Americans". Marble stairs, brass fittings, and bronze plaques, in the golden elevator to the fifth floor: Behind the passageway with the flags of America and Chicago, the "Office of New Americans" is in the overwhelming beige of American authorities.

"We're practically in a state of war with the current president," says Seemi Choudry in her eggshell-colored setting. In this war, the city government is working with California software specialists to disguise their citizens' residency status before the federal authorities. In 2016, Choudry had taken over a smoothly working office, which took care of the affairs of the immigrants and promoted the networking of urban initiatives. "Then Trump passed." Everything became acute. Since then, Seemi Choudry has been at the forefront.Video10.01.2018, 10:18 Uhr00: 30 Min.US Government must continue granting young immigrants.They founded a task force consisting of psychologists, lawyers and IT specialists. Also from police officers, volunteers and administrative staff who launched an unprecedented program of concrete help from January 2017. In mobile workshops they explain their rights to immigrants in schools and churches. They prepare families for the case of their deportation. Psychologists train social workers, social workers train citizens. The city signs agreements to cooperate with the National Police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and refuses to cooperate with its officials. Chicago calls it "the windy city". It's a headwind. The police in Chicago have long been banned from asking people about their residence status for a good reason, says Choudry. Just as schools are not allowed to ask and all other city institutions. Because if the immigrants are afraid of the authorities, the children do not go to school or to the doctor and the adults do not report any crimes. But Trump demanded that the city guarantee the ICE police full access to their urban prisons to question the detainees about their residence status. In addition, 48 hours before the release of each prisoner should be made to the federal authorities. That, the city thought, would amount to extradition. It contradicts their principles. Immigrants could not have trusted the local police if they cooperated with the immigration service.

Trump threatened: $ 2.2 million from a nationwide fund for police equipment should then no longer flow. "We have complained about it," says Choudry. "And won." The American dream – a strong narrative Still, many South Americans, after somehow overcoming the Mexican border, travel upland to Chicago, because there is a large community here. It represents 30 percent of all inhabitants. Most live in the Pilsen district, which sounds like a Czech beer. There are only five stations on the Pink Line to get to 18th Street, but from here Chicago Downtown is already a distant skyline. In the two-story houses sit Mexican hairdressers, devotional shops full of skulls and galleries. Before Pilsen was the Mexican immigrant district, it was the Czech and Irish. It is said that the Irish were not welcome here at the time, and the Czechs left the name after all. Now you can not see any more of both. Instead, taco shops, Mexican sweets and political murals. Telephone shops, funeral homes and legal advice from "notarios". The whole of America is made up of layers of immigrants. The program "Daca" has never been a solution, but from the beginning only a legal transition, the Obama 2012 in 2012 as a decree enforced, because a solid law did not come through the Congress. Daca is called "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals", for two years eligible applicants enjoy protection. You can study and work. In the long term, it should pave the way for naturalization. Calling them Dreamer, Obama has irrevocably linked the paperless US children to the US historical heritage, the country's founding fathers of the country, who along with a functioning democracy found the epic of the American Dream. The American Dream is the strongest tale the country has. After that, the immigrant is the true American, if only because no Indian is sitting in the White House. In Paulina Street, in the early dark of an autumn afternoon, three young people, known as Dreamer since 2012, are waiting on a green sofa in a neighborhood initiative. Carlos Millan, 30 years old, advises immigrants on the naturalization process. Laura Mendoza, 28 years old, is a social scientist. Ximene Cortez, 22 years old, studied computer science and criminal law.Roof stories of escape through the desertYou have had years of silence when it was dangerous for others to know that they have no papers. They should never tell anyone about it. Having come illegally into the country as a child had the rank of a burdensome family secret. To open oneself was like an outing. The first time, says Laura Mendoza, they all howled when they told each other their stories. They are crude stories about a childish escape through the desert, about fear, hallucinations, and a lost brother. Or a pretended holiday trip that would never end. They also deal with reunion with relatives and hard first years in the US.Laura Mendoza, Ximene Cortez and Carlos Millan (from left) .Photo: Deike DieningOther children were left in the dark by their parents to protect them from their fear and so could not unintentionally divulge something. They experienced the shock of their lives when they needed their papers for the first time: for the driver's license. Or the application for college. So they learned that they were not really "right" Americans. Outwardly their lives did not differ so much. They were completely woven into everyday American life. "It's a common misconception that undocumented people can not buy homes, have businesses and employ people," says Laura Mendoza. Everything is possible, as long as you only pay. "The only federal agency that does not ask for the papers is the tax authority." Immigrants without papers are so embarrassed that their tax is all right. Also, employees pay years of tax, but under a false Social Security number. The difference with Americans is that they can not claim the funded pension later on. The immigrants are well aware that they are being treated with double standards. That's why they get so angry when Trump always talks about an "amnesty" that may be granted to the "illegal aliens". With their legalization nothing is given to them. You have been paying the price for a long time. Laura Mendozas father has brought it from the dishwasher to the cook. Sure, he's old now, but he's still working. "He's an immigrant!" Says Mendoza. Determined to find happiness through work. The prospect of having one's destiny in one's hand, according to the criteria of the American dream, compensates for all hardships. But what if you are permanently denied this prospect? They want to make their parents' dreams come true. They're called Dreamer, "but to be honest, our parents are the real dreamer – it was their dream," says Carlos Millan. "They risked everything, took us children and started from scratch." Many of these children, Millan says, have used the couple of years of Obama's Daca program to make their parents' dreams come true. They started studying, started families, worked. In 2017, they'll be shaking again. On Ashland Avenue, behind windows with half-lowered blinds and a discrete bell at the entrance, Erendira Rendon works for the Resurrection Project. "Resurrection" as "Resurrection". She coordinated the deliberations for immigrants in the Pilsener neighborhood. When Trump announced the end of Daca, there was an enormously short deadline: for one month, until October 5, Dreamer, whose permit expired, was once again eligible for a two-year term Apply for an extension. There were calls, countdowns, telephone consultations, and schools and churches with their mobile consultations called "DacaClinics." Those who could not afford the $ 495 processing fee, could apply for a grant, the money should not lie. In the deliberations, they explained to people with the help of photos, the different uniforms and badges of the local police – these are the friends! And the policeman of the enforcement authority ICE – these are the enemies! Their questions should not be answered without a lawyer. Never open, when someone rings, they imprinted on them. Because the ICE officials work with intimidation and bluffs. A search warrant, they say, must be signed by an ICE official and judge, otherwise it will not be valid. In recent years, says Erendira Rendon, she's been working on two to three DACA applications a week. There are more than 100 in the autumn of 2017. More are pouring in for advice, waiting behind the half-lowered blinds. How long your driver's license still applies? Your work permit? Oh, how long your whole life plan would still work? They reach a good 20,900 people by 30 September 2017.The pursuit of happiness – five yearsThe "resurrection project" started in 1990, when six Catholic churches in Pilsen joined together to form a neighborhood aid. The immigrants might not be American citizens, but they were all Catholic. With a starting capital of $ 5,000 per church, they bought waste land and rebuilt old houses. They also built houses themselves. Today, the Initiative owns 700 apartments in Chicago. She looks after wealth creation for immigrants and teaches them how loans work. She teaches people how to get along with their money, and with her own real estate agency, she ensures that residents can buy their homes. Erendira Rendon herself was the target of this project. It is not her, of course, but her parents' decision to leave Oaxaca "the most beautiful area in Mexico" when she was four years old so that "the kids would have it better" , She visits a school in Wisconsin, and only when she holds the final test results, she becomes aware of the fundamental difference to her classmates. A difference that can not be compensated. The others made plans for college. What would she do now? It should become the most important identification of her life. She was helped to earn that, despite her status at the university, she had to pay only the tuition for domestic students, $ 14,000 a year. To be undocumented means to have a frame that cuts the view. "Hey, I want to go," said her classmates when they saw the TV commercial advertising beautiful holiday destinations in the world. Erendira Rendon remained silent. The advertisement was not hers. "I've programmed myself to think no further than I can go. Anything else would just make me sad. "Erendira Rendon had never planned anything for her entire life. There could be no such thing as a perspective for life. "That gave me Daca." When Barack Obama imposed the ruling in 2012, she was suddenly a full-fledged human being. For five years, Erendira Rendon leads a life that can be described as "legal" by the standards of all Americans. The life of an American. The pursuit of happiness. Hiking in the Grand Canyon. Her sociology studies are good for a job, she works, pays taxes, and when she goes to Mexico for the first time in her life to visit relatives, she is then let in again in the only country she knows But before this model, which affects 788,000 Americans, can harden into its very own, successful, American immigrant biography, it will be softened again on September 5, 2017 by Donald Trump. Erendira Rendon already felt the mute oppression on election day. Would everything be turned back now? She is a Dreamer with best contacts, but she also knows this dumb "why go to work" feeling. What was it worthwhile to go to work for? "I will probably never be able to travel again." Erendira Rendon's parents are still living in Wisconsin. Ten years ago, the mother paid off the house, the brother has his own company. When they get sick, they go to a clinic that deals for free. Eyeglasses and dental treatment are paid by yourself. Rendon, 32, is the wallpaper on her mother's mobile. And in the foreground of her entire life. Erendira Rendon's mother worked in a factory to finance her daughter's education. When the mother ran out of money, the older brother jumped in. America, her radiant face, remains surpassable. Erendira Rendon graduated, the first graduate of the family. And pride is not an expression. Everything, everything happened because of her mother, says Rendon. In her sense and with her means. "She left her entire family to bring us here." As Erendira Rendon held her college diploma, her mother threw a party of 300 for her. She wipes on her cell phone – she has a lot of family here, "a few hundred people". There, these 20 see each other every weekend. Here, Christmas is 80. Erendira Rendon may have a shaky future, but she has friends, work, and nine godchildren. She laughs. "Family is everything."

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