But transporting migrants to South Florida is a possibility as part of "contingency" plans, the newspapers reported.
"The Trump administration provided no information about this alleged proposal to Members of Congress representing Broward or Palm Beach counties", Wasserman Schultz in a statement. Along the entire U.S. -Mexico border, 10,910 Cubans came through official crossings between October and April, versus 7,079 in the previous 12 months. Also Thursday, Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw warned that the county wasn't prepared to handle such an influx.
"I believe it's purely political - the president has made it clear that he is targeting Democratic stronghold areas, and Broward fits that criteria", state Rep. Shevrin Jones, a West Park Democrat, said.
Broward and Palm Beach Counties lie next to one another on the state's Atlantic coast. "It will cost us money, yes, but our soul will remain intact". Marco Rubio and local officials in both counties. "I would suggest that we bring them to the Trump hotels and ask the President to open his heart and home as well".
"We have been very cooperative, and then to have this put into certain communities, I think it's just something that we don't want", DeSantis said Friday during a news conference in Sarasota. He said officials are reaching out to nonprofits and businesses to find resources and other support.
Broward County Mayor Mark Bogen said Thursday that officials in Broward and neighboring Palm Beach County were alerted by the federal government that more than a 100 immigrants would be sent weekly to each of the two counties by plane starting in about two weeks. Trump's endorsement propelled DeSantis from underdog status to ultimate victor in last year's governor's race, and DeSantis has met with him several times in the White House, securing promises to increase hurricane aid and federal money for Everglades restoration.
"This is irresponsible policy", said Mayor Bogen, noting that local leaders have not yet had a chance to prepare for the influx of migrants who likely will become homeless.
"It's not a good plan", Sheriff Bradshaw said.
This US Customs and Border Protection photo obtained June 18, 2018 shows intake of illegal border crossers by US Border Patrol agents at the Central Processing Center in McAllen, Texas, May 23, 2018. "Well, guess what? The federal government now is bringing people that have come into the country illegally to us that have come over out in El Paso". "We are not a border state". "The burden that will affect us in Palm Beach County will be large, specifically our school system".
When asked for more details on the decision, a spokesperson with Customs and Border Protection referred all questions to the White House, which did not immediately respond to requests for comment. But the immigration courts are overwhelmed, and officials say they are struggling just to process so many people at a time. No shelters have been designated and no federal funding allotted to house, feed or guard them, Bogen said. "We don't know what that means".
Since he took office, DeSantis has pushed for legislation that would force local law-enforcement agencies to fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities and ban so-called sanctuary city policies in the state. The bill requires "state entities, local governmental entities, and law enforcement agencies to use best efforts to support the enforcement of federal immigration law" and prohibits "restrictions by the entities and agencies on taking certain actions with respect to information regarding a person's immigration status".
The sponsors of the bill, including Sen.