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Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago will remain sanctuary city for immigrants

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, center, speaks at a news conference Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, in Chicago. Emanuel said the outcome of the U.S. presidential election will not impact Chicago's commitment as a sanctuary city for immigrants. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, center, speaks at a news conference Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, in Chicago. Emanuel said the outcome of the U.S. presidential election will not impact Chicago's commitment as a sanctuary city for immigrants. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

CHICAGO – Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the outcome of the U.S. presidential election won't impact Chicago's commitment as a sanctuary city for immigrants.

Chicago has been a sanctuary city since the late 1980s. That means authorities and city officials aren't allowed to ask residents about their immigration status during routine activities, like traffic stops.

Emanuel spoke Monday at a news conference with U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, state legislators and health experts who say statements made by President-elect Donald Trump during the campaign have caused intense public anxiety.

Emanuel says operators for Chicago's 311 information line have been trained to assist anyone with concerns.

Trump said during the campaign that he would seek ways to cut federal funding for sanctuary cities, which has some including Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois concerned.

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