Trump to release hundreds of migrants in South Florida: report

Local officials in two of Florida's most heavily Democratic counties have reportedly been briefed on plans by the Trump administration to release hundreds of migrants in South Florida every month for an unknown period of time.

USA Today reported Friday that officials in Broward and Palm Beach counties say the federal government plans to release 1,000 migrant families per month, split between the two counties, with no apparent plans to house or feed the hundreds of families bound for Florida every month.


“The blatant politics, sending them to the two most Democratic Counties in the state of Florida, is ridiculous,” state Sen. Gary Farmer (D), of Broward County, told Politico. “You can’t make this stuff up.”

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment Friday on the plans.

Farmer told Politico that his county did not fit the Trump administration's previous threats to release immigrants in so-called sanctuary cities, which prevent local law enforcement from working with federal immigration authorities.

“That is so typically Trump,” he told the outlet. “When the facts don’t fit the narrative, you slightly adjust the narrative.”

Broward County Mayor Mark Bogen, who was reportedly briefed on the plan, told USA Today that he expected the plan to create a "homeless encampment" in his county if immediate resources were not allocated to help the displaced migrants, adding that the plan was "irresponsible."

"To bring hundreds of people here every week without providing the necessary resources to house and feed them is inhumane," he told the newspaper.

Local law enforcement authorities criticized the proposal, with Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw remarking that the Trump administration had "no plan" for providing for the migrants after leaving them in state custody.

"No accommodations for transportation leaving [detention facilities]. No accommodations for shelter or a place to live," Bradshaw told USA Today. "Just no real plan on what's going to happen to these ... people."

The Trump administration began releasing migrants from detention facilities in groups of hundreds at a time in several Texas cities earlier this year, citing overcrowding amid a surge in apprehensions for illegal border entry along the U.S.-Mexico border.