CHICAGO (FOX 32 Chicago) - As President-Elect Donald Trump pushed for mass deportations of 2 to 3 million people in the United States, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel reiterated the city's commitment to protecting immigrants.
Trump told CBS's "60 Minutes" that he plans to deport or imprison 2 to 3 million people in the country illegally who are "criminals and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers."
Some said Trump's estimates of the number of undocumented immigrants with criminal backgrounds is not accurate. The nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute has said that about 820,000 immigrants have criminal records.
Trump also backed off from his "build a wall" demands and said a fence along the southern border of the United States might be okay too.
Meanwhile in Chicago, Emanuel said "while the administration will change, our values and commitment to inclusion will not."
Emanuel said 311 operators have been given special instructions about what to do when undocumented immigrants call asking for help.
"Chicago has been a city of immigrants since it was founded," he said. "Since the presidential election, there has been a sense of uncertainty among many immigrant communities in Chicago and across the nation. I want to assure all of our families that Chicago is and will remain a Sanctuary City."