U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) does not plan to send migrant families to Florida after reports about a Trump administration proposal resulted in backlash from local and state officials this week.
A CBP official told The Hill on Saturday that the administration is not looking at transporting family units to Florida “at this time” but said officials were looking at housing migrants in other areas across the country.
It was reported earlier this week that the administration planned to send hundreds of migrant families to Broward and Palm Beach counties, two Democratic strongholds in Florida that are among the state’s most populous areas.
“Because of everybody’s efforts, we are able to stop what had appeared to be a crisis for our community,” Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said in a statement Saturday, local TV station WPTV reported.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisDem criticizes newest calendars for Trump Interior chief as ‘fake’ GOP gov pushes back on Trump plan to send migrants to Florida counties Small Florida county that backed Trump one of two targeted by Russians: reports MORE (R), an ally of President TrumpDonald John TrumpComey: Barr is ‘sliming his own department’ GOP Mueller critic says Flynn contacted him during special counsel probe: report Acting DHS secretary threatened to quit after clashing with Miller: report MORE, was among those who pushed back on the reported plans, saying Friday that the proposal was “not acceptable” and that it might not go into effect.
“I’m going to be addressing this,” he said. “This is not something that came down from the White House. This was something that came out of the agencies.”
DeSantis’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill on Saturday.
A CBP official said in a statement obtained by The Hill that Immigration and Customs Enforcement aircraft were flying people from areas in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas to San Diego and Del Rio, Texas, and moving individuals by bus in other areas.