Allan Smith, Christopher Nelson and Dareh Gregorian, NBC News, May 19, 2019
President Donald Trump spoke with Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., on Saturday and informed him that the federal government won’t be sending undocumented immigrants into his state, a DeSantis spokesperson told NBC News in a Sunday statement.
That comes after Florida officials demanded answers about a Department of Homeland Security plan to release 1,000 “unlawful immigrants and asylum-seekers” per month into two largely Democratic counties in the state.
“President Trump said he did not approve of such a plan and would not authorize it,” Helen Aguirre Ferre, a DeSantis spokesperson, told NBC News. “Governor DeSantis was never notified by federal authorities that such a plan was in place.”
The plan came under fire after local law enforcement said late last week that Customs and Border Protection informed them the asylum seekers would be brought to Florida within weeks. A CBP official told reporters Friday that such a move was not imminent and there may have been miscommunication.
McAleenan said DHS is looking to move people to additional locations, however, as Texas facilities are at capacity.
On Saturday, Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said “it appears that Border Patrol has backed off its initial plans to transport a thousand illegal immigrants to South Florida.”
Late Sunday afternoon, Trump tweeted there was “false reporting” Saturday regarding plans to send migrants to Florida and other states.