Immigrants and supporters demonstrate during a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in Los Angeles Tuesday. Credit: AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN

Welcome to the Reader‘s morning briefing for Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

  • Emanuel declares Chicago a “Trump-free zone'”after Trump administration announces DACA decision

Undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children will remain safe in Chicago despite President Donald Trump’s plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Mayor Rahm Emanuel declared Tuesday. After Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Emanuel’s frequent nemesis, announced the administration’s decision to rescind DACA, Emanuel quickly proclaimed Chicago a “Trump-free zone.” “The United States is a nation of immigrants, not a country that tears families apart or deports children who have placed their faith in the promise of America,” the mayor said. “I know countless Dreamers in Chicago who are talented, hardworking and dedicated to their families and the only home they have ever known. Not only will Chicago continue to welcome Dreamers, we will pursue every legal option to protect our children, defend our immigrant communities and uphold the enduring promise of the American dream.” Former president Barack Obama quickly slammed Trump’s decision, tweeting that to “target hopeful young strivers who grew up here is wrong, because they’ve done nothing wrong.” [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Gun violence decreased over Labor Day weekend

The city of Chicago went 11 hours without a shooting Saturday during a Labor Day weekend where gun violence decreased significantly by comparison to last year. At least 45 people were shot and seven were killed between Friday afternoon and early Tuesday morning, according to the Tribune. Over Labor Day weekend in 2016, 63 people were shot and 13 people were killed. [Tribune]

  • CPS on pace to have a majority of Latino students

Latino students are on pace to become the majority at Chicago Public Schools, according to WBEZ. The school district’s demographics have been rapidly changing: Latino students, who currently make up about 47 percent of CPS students, became the largest student demographic only     in 2010. From the 1960s through the early 200os the majority of CPS students were African-American. Critics say the district has yet to adapt to the demographic shift. “Currently, CPS is not structured to meet the needs of the Latino community,” Karen Garibay-Mulattieri, the Latino Policy Forum’s manager of education policy and research, told the radio station. [WBEZ]

  • Chicagoans can adopt cats and dogs rescued from Hurricane Harvey at PAWS

PAWS Chicago has rescued 43 dogs and cats from Houston and the ravages of Hurricane Harvey. Many of the pets are receiving medical treatment before being put up for adoption at the no-kill shelter’s Lincoln Park headquarters. Before leaving for Houston, PAWS announced that it would look for pets “who have been given up by their owners or had already been in the shelter before Harvey hit, making room for the homeless animals that continue to come in and for pets of families who have lost everything and can no longer keep their animals.” [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Emmett Till’s cousin, witness to 1955 kidnapping, passes away at 74

Simeon Wright passed away Monday following a battle with bone cancer. The 74-year-old was best known for witnessing the kidnapping of his 14-year-old cousin, Emmett Till, in 1955. Till, a Chicago resident, was visiting Wright in Mississippi when he was kidnapped and murdered by two white men for whistling at a white woman. Wright’s family moved to the Chicago area shortly after Till’s murder, and he was living in Countryside at the time of his death. [Washington Post]

  • Graham Elliot, Matthias Merges team up on West Loop restaurant

Acclaimed chefs Graham Elliot and Matthias Merges are teaming up on a new spot, Gideon Sweet. The restaurant is scheduled to open in mid-October in the old Graham Elliot Bistro space at 841 W. Randolph. [Eater Chicago]