The Trump administration is not going to send immigrants who cross the southern border to Florida, a reversal that was determined over the weekend, performing Department of Homeland Security chief Kevin McAleenan informed “Face the Nation” on Sunday.
McAleenan’s feedback come after Florida officers mentioned they have been informed earlier final week that federal officers have been sending immigrants to South Florida jurisdictions. McAleenan informed “Face the Nation” that “U.S. Customs and Border Protection did notify officers domestically in these areas that they have been taking a look at the opportunity of doing that,” however the CBP performing commissioner determined in opposition to doing so Saturday.
News of the plans drew criticism from elected officers in Florida, together with Ron DeSantis, the state’s Republican governor, who said Friday the state “can not accommodate in Florida this dumping of illegal migrants.” DeSantis confirmed in a Tweet Sunday that he has spoken with Mr. Trump, and migrants won’t be heading to his state.
“President @realDonaldTrump and I spoke yesterday and confirmed that he didn’t approve, nor would approve, sending immigrants who illegally cross the border, to Florida. It shouldn’t be going to occur,” DeSantis tweeted.
McAleenan insisted the administration is concentrated on utilizing southwest border areas to deal with the inflow of immigrants. He additionally claimed the administration is not transferring immigrants to sanctuary jurisdictions, as President Trump has mentioned he desires to do. McAleenan claimed sanctuary cities are already housing many immigrants as a result of these cities function a “magnet.”
McAleenan additionally insisted he by no means threatened to give up, denying a Washington Post report that he threatened to go away amid a dispute with high Trump adviser and immigration hardliner Stephen Miller, who was reportedly pushing for one other shakeup on the company.