Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office confirmed Sunday he was reassured by the President that migrants would not be sent to Florida.
Here’s the statement from his office in full:
“Governor DeSantis and President Trump spoke yesterday afternoon. President Trump told Governor DeSantis that illegal immigrants would not be sent to Florida. President Trump said he did not approve of such a plan and would not authorize it. Governor DeSantis was never notified by federal authorities that such a plan was in place.
Governor DeSantis also thanked President Trump for approving the 90-10 federal cost share for NW Florida counties devastated by Hurricane Michael. FEMA sent Governor DeSantis formal confirmation of President Trump’s approval yesterday.”
Original story below:
The city and county are standing down on U.S. plans to release 270 migrants a week to Palm Beach County.
They’re on hold until Gov. Ron DeSantis gets a clear response from the Trump administration. He asked U.S. Customs and Border Patrol not to activate migrants’ release plans in Florida.
No word yet from the governor’s office as of Saturday afternoon. This despite a statement by Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw that the border patrol has “backed off.”
“The situation is fluid,” Boca’s County Commissioner Bob Weinroth said. [See his statement in full below.]
Palm Beach County reported Friday that plans would “transport 270 migrants, presumed to be undocumented, into Palm Beach County each week for an undetermined time period without plans or money for housing, food, medical or social services.”
The county chiefs of police said Friday the local Customs’ agent-in-charge came here to brief them. They voted against the plan afterward. Boca police chief Dan Alexander is the past president and a member, but didn’t release his own statement.
“We are following the county’s lead on this. As we learn more, we’ll keep the community informed of any impacts to or actions taken by the city,” Chrissy Gibson, Boca’s spokesperson said Saturday.
Here’s Weinroth’s statement in full:
“We have, as has been reported, received information from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol that PBC will receive (potentially) 270 immigrants each week for an undetermined time period.
Half of those individuals will be families and transported from FLL to the Port of Palm Beach for processing and, ultimately released.
To be frank, this unexpected situation creates humanitarian concerns related to our county’s ability to provide shelter, food, medical and other social services to those children and adults arriving here with no place to go and presumably just the clothes on their backs.
Details regarding this immigrant placement strategy have not been provided to the county by the federal government nor is there any evidence they have a plan to address the basic needs of food, shelter and security for the arriving families and the impact on our community.
Our County has concerns which include:
· the impact on our county by the introduction of homeless individuals into an area experiencing high housing costs and limited availability of affordable housing;
· the public safety of our residents (including vulnerable immigrants);
· medical Issues (eg the current Hepatitis A outbreak);
· our social service system is already at or near capacity;
· anticipated resident concerns; and
· the imminent start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season on June 1.
Until we have an official notice or order, the county continues to closely monitoring the situation and has reached out to our federal legislative delegation for assistance and clarification.
Palm Beach County’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan will serve as the framework for contingency planning (including collaboration with appropriate community partners including, but not limited to, municipal partners, Department of Health, law enforcement, state agencies, school district, business, non-profit and faith-based communities).
Clearly the situation is fluid. We have reached out to the Governor DeSantis’ Office who, in turn, is reaching out to the White House.”