Sanctuary: Mayors in 32 major US cities vow to protect undocumented residents

CHICAGO — President-elect Donald Trump still has months until he takes office, but his controversial immigration policy is already causing an uproar.

The Democratic mayors of several major cities around the country say they will do everything they can to protect undocumented residents from deportation. During the campaign, Trump said he would cut federal funding to "sanctuary cities" like Chicago and L.A, where police are not required to report people's immigration status.

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel held a press conference this week to reassure uneasy residents.

"To all those who are, after Tuesday's election, very nervous," Emanuel said. "You are secure in Chicago, and you are supported in Chicago."

Trump said in an interview with "60 Minutes" he is focused on deporting criminals first.

"What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal have criminal records," the president-elect said.

Other mayors and officials are joining the pledge to remain "sanctuary cities," including New York, Seattle, Philadelphia and San Francisco and 28 other cities.

"This city and so many cities around the country will do all we can to protect our residents and to make sure that families are not torn apart," New York Mayor Bill Deblasio said.