Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida said on Friday that the Trump administration’s plan to send illegal immigrants to his state is “not acceptable.” The Trump ally is just one of several Florida politicians questioning the new plan by Homeland Security to move some of the overwhelming numbers of migrants from the southern border regions into Palm Beach and Broward Counties … two Democrat strongholds.
“I’m going to be addressing this,” DeSantis said. “This is not something that came down from the White House. This was something that came out of the agencies.
“Nothing is concrete,” he said. “There’s been no migrants brought and released in Florida from this whole problem … not one migrant has come in, according to the White House, which we talked to yesterday. I just want to let people know that.”
Broward Mayor Mark Bogen and Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw indicated they were advised to expect two planeloads of immigrants each week, starting in about two weeks. A total of 270 passengers every week, about 1,000 monthy, are to be divided … half going to Palm Beach County and half to Broward County.
“The governor’s office was not informed of this decision. Florida counties do not have the resources to accommodate an influx of illegal immigrants,” said DeSantis’s spokeswoman in a statement.
DHS has recently begun releasing large groups of illegals into Texas cities, and also now to San Diego, California, as officials have been warning for some time now that U.S. border facilities are becoming unmanageably crowded.
Democrats in Congress have fought every move by the Trump administration to deal with the border crisis to this point, and this move seems to be an emergency pressure-release as DHS struggles to deal with the crisis of immense numbers of illegal immigrants arriving from south of the border.
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Florida Senator Marco Rubio responded to the move by sending a letter to Kevin McAleenan, Acting Homeland Security Secretary, asking for more details about the plan.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 16, 2019
A Customs and Border Patrol official spoke with reporters on Friday and said that the agency is not taking politics into consideration as they look at areas they’re sending migrants to, such as whether they are sanctuary cities. They reportedly are accessing only whether they have the capacity to temporarily detain, process, and release them. This does conflict with messaging in April that indicated sanctuary cities would be the destination for illegals to alleviate overcrowding at border facilities.
In an April 12 tweet, the President wrote, “Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only.”
DeSantis and several other state politicians said a large influx of asylum-seekers in any part of the state would put a strain on state and local services. The governor said that he would talk to Trump about the issue as needed.
“This, I would think, would cause a lot of stress on our communities,” the governor said. “We have a lot of fish to fry with our own state and our own citizens.”
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