State, congressional leaders challenge plan to ‘dump’ detained migrants in South Florida

The U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced it would be sending at least 500 detained illegal alien migrants every month from the U.S.-Mexico border to South Florida this month.

U.S. Customs officials plan to transport roughly 100 illegal aliens every week from El Paso, Texas, to detention centers in Broward and Palm Beach counties, a move U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and local officials in both counties confirmed.

Gov. Ron DeSantis told reporters in Sarasota that the two counties don’t have the resources to accommodate an “influx of illegal immigrants” and since then has protested the move directly to President Donald Trump.

“We cannot accommodate in Florida just dumping unlawful migrants into our state. I think it will tax our resources, the schools, the health care, law enforcement, state agencies,” DeSantis said.

“This was not something that came down from the White House. This was something that came out of the agency,” DeSantis continued. “Sometimes this stuff happens. It’s gonna ultimately be something I’m going to have to talk to the president about.”

Broward and Palm Beach counties do not have sanctuary-city policies– and there are no “sanctuary cities” in Florida after a new state law was passed to ban them.

U.S. Border Patrol and CBP officials said they have run out of room to process the thousands of illegals arriving at the border. As a result, they have already been flying detainees to other locations in Albuquerque, Phoenix, and San Antonio.

In April alone, the Border Patrol reported that it detained nearly 99,000 people illegally crossing from Mexico– with more than two-thirds of them being unaccompanied children.

There is also a backlog of people on the Mexican side waiting to apply for asylum, including thousands of Cubans.

Detained migrants and illegal aliens are first detained at the border, and usually processed, released and given a court date wherever they plan to reside. Once they are released, nonprofits work to provide them with free food and housing and access to federal government welfare resources.

“If you believe what was leaked and reported, the plan would be to simply put migrants out on the street,” DeSantis said. “This would be potentially just releasing people into our society. With someone just coming across the border, we have no idea what their background is, we don’t know what type of criminal activity they’ve been involved in. We don’t know anything.”

Broward Mayor Mark Bogen and Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw told reporters they were told to expect 270 migrants a week –roughly 1,000 every month– with half going to each county. 

Bradshaw added that the number of migrants Palm Beach County can accommodate is “zero.” He said they would be processed, given a court notice and then released into the community.

Bogen said the Broward County does not have “designated shelters or funding to house them, feed them, and keep them safe.”

Rubio demanded in a letter to the Department of Homeland Security that it outline what its plans are and questioned if it had “engaged with state and local government officials, as well as local organizations, to plan for those communities to receive such an influx of individuals?”

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Pensacola, said Florida does not want a “horde of illegal immigrants dumped” on it, he said. “I’m sure Texas, Arizona and New Mexico feel the same way.”

WHAT NO ONE IS ADDRESSING, however, is that the majority of these illegal aliens are already in TEXAS– and TEXAS doesn’t have the capacity to hold all of them. Yet– this is what Texas has to deal with EVERY DAY.

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