GOP Governor: Plan to Send Migrants to Florida 'Not Acceptable'

Monday, 20 May, 2019

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Panhandle Republican who is a major Trump ally, said he does not want a "horde of illegal immigrants dumped" in the state.

"We can not accommodate in Florida just dumping unlawful migrants into our state", said Gov. DeSantis at a news conference in Sarasota Friday. "We're not going to be like some of these other states that are not allowing federal authorities to come into a jail or a courthouse, '" he said.

CBP last week began moving immigrants by bus and plane to other border communities along the US-Mexico border "to leverage available capacity for processing and holding", CBP said.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol will process the migrants at offices in Dania Beach and West Palm Beach before essentially dumping them on the street, the mayor warned. The plan could start as soon as the next two weeks.

US President Donald Trump waves as he steps off Air Force One as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (2L) and his wife Casey DeSantis look on at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida on May 8, 2019, as he arrives and tours areas impacted by Hurricane Michael and later holds a Make America Great Again rally. That left state leaders scrambling for information.

BOGEN: I think they could have influence if the president is listening.

Bogen said bringing a large amount of migrants to the county will cause further strain on Broward's social services and further harm the immigrants, who will be here without money, jobs, housing or basic knowledge of the area.

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw responded to the news by indicating that resistance to the decision helped prompt CBP to change its mind.

CBS 4 News has also reached out 4 times via phone and email to DHS for more specifics on this plan and for confirmation that it is indeed in the works. But at this time, they said, we're not transporting migrants to Florida. "And that's not fair", Palm Beach County Mayor Mack Bernard told CNN on Friday.

The school district said it has an Immigrant Support Plan in place, which outlines protocol toward immigrant students. "We think it's a danger to this community", he said. Has the Department engaged with state and local government officials, as well as local organizations, to plan for those communities to receive such an influx of individuals?

"All we are looking at right now is where we have the capacity and the bandwidth for the computer systems, and the computer systems to be able to do the processing", the official said. Rick Scott, R-Fla., said in a prepared statement.

SHAPIRO: Do you have any idea why these two South Florida counties were chosen as a destination for these migrant families?

"These people are human beings".

According to Maroe, the migrants will be processed by U.S. Border Patrol and then released into the custody of the Broward Sheriff's Office. Marco Rubio tweeted, saying he had heard about the plan from the Palm Beach sheriff that as many as 500 migrants a month would be released in Broward and Palm Beach, pending their asylum hearings.

- How many migrants will be transported to Florida counties/cities/towns, and for how long does the Department plan to continue this?

You know, for a little background here, there's been this surge of migrants since the beginning of the year at the border, and that's overwhelmed the government's ability to process them.

Nearly half a million people have been stopped at the southern USA border since October. "And to just be on the hook for things that really are a result of the Congress' failure, the failed policy of the federal government, that is not acceptable". And it's sad that the President of the United States wants to play politics with people's lives. Trump's endorsement propelled DeSantis from underdog status to ultimate victor in last year's governor's race, and DeSantis has met with him several times in the White House, securing promises to increase hurricane aid and federal money for Everglades restoration.

"Although our Commission has not had the chance to address this issue, in my opinion, the people that we can't find shelter for and will become homeless, I would suggest, that we bring them to the Trump hotels and ask the President to open his heart and home as well". In fact, Florida recently passed a law banning sanctuary communities, which requires local officials to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.