President Trump is not backing down on his threat to send illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities as payback to lawmakers who have fought against some of his more controversial immigration policies.

"We might as well do what they always say they want. We'll bring the illegal - really, you call them the illegals. I call them the illegals. They came across the border illegally. We'll bring them to sanctuary city areas and let that particular area take care of it," he said during a recent news conference.

But Trump may not have gotten the response that he was expecting as several state and city officials have spoken out and welcomed the "illegals" to their cities.

“What President Trump fails to understand is that America is a sanctuary country,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. “Small, medium and large cities across the nation are suddenly and rapidly identifying as sanctuary cities because of the abandonment of Americans' values, ideals and cultural destiny under President Trump’s watch.”

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan addressed the president's threats in a Washington Post op-ed to tell the President that her city has “always welcomed” immigrants.

“Contrary to what this President thinks, in Seattle, we have strong American values of inclusiveness and opportunity,” Durkan wrote. “Instead of threatening immigrant families and the cities that welcome them, this President should spend a little bit more time trying to learn from us.”

Having been given the green light, will Trump now begin to ship undocumented immigrants across the border to the sanctuary cities? All eyes our now on Trump's next move.