Dumping migrants in Florida is unacceptable, Gov. DeSantis says

Dumping migrants in Florida is unacceptable, Gov. DeSantis says

If U.S. immigration officials do leave asylum seekers stranded in South Florida, however, the Broward County mayor said he has a plan.

Florida has no designated shelters or government funding for food and security. "We don't know where they are from, what are they bringing".

Federal officials said Friday there are no immediate plans to fly migrants to Florida.

A big question hanging over the two-county plan is why a third South Florida county - neighboring Miami-Dade, just south of Broward - wasn't included as well.

"We spend a lot of making sure people don't come into South Florida illegally", Bradshaw said. "And I don't think it's right".

"Voters won't like this attempt to manufacture crises in our communities and drain already strained resources now will they forget it when they head to the polls next year".

But the reality of thousands of undocumented migrants arriving in Broward and Palm Beach counties has leaders scrambling.

CBS4's Jim DeFede spoke to Bogen on Thursday.

Since he took office, DeSantis has pushed for legislation that would force local law-enforcement agencies to fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities and ban so-called sanctuary city policies in the state.

They will be moved from the El Paso area, a destination for a large number of illegal migrants in recent months, especially since the organized caravans began making their way from Central America to the United States. The migrants do not face criminal charges but would likely be released into the community awaiting immigration hearings. They can process them and then release the migrants with instructions to obey a notice to appear.

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Though details remain sketchy, the plan is believed to stem from efforts to alleviate problems at the U.S. -Mexico border.

"If this burden is not shared, if it's placed on small nonprofits and neighborhoods, there is no way that families are going to receive the services that they need without widespread community support", Gamwell said.

"We will do everything possible to help these people", he said in a news release.

Noting that while the county had not had the chance to properly "address this issue", Bogen said: "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". Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Ted Deutch, also said they had asked the administration to clarify its plans. However, officials in both Broward and Palm Beach counties have denied enforcing "sanctuary city" policies, which effectively help to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation and prosecution.

Officials at U.S. Border Patrol offices in Miami and Washington did not immediately return phone calls and emails seeking comment. "How many people do you think are coming back?"

The influx comes as a burgeoning number of Cubans are trying to get into the USA through the Mexican border, creating a massive backlog of people waiting on the Mexican side for months for their chance to apply for asylum. Bradshaw said he talked to officials at the federal immigration enforcement agency. But the mayor reportedly learned about the plan from Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony, who warned the mayor that the federal government would not assist the county in housing or feeding the new immigrants.

Administrators in Broward and Palm Beach planned to have a strategy session. "The burden that will affect us in Palm Beach County will be gigantic, specifically our school system".

On Thursday, Sean Brammer, head of the Palm Beach County Association of Chiefs of Police, sent a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis explaining that as many as 14,000 immigrants from the border could be heading to South Florida.

María Rodriguez, executive director of Florida Immigration Coalition, said the group has been told of the relocation and is trying to come up with a plan.

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