Miami-Dade mayor to unauthorized immigrants: We don't ask for 'identification' at hurricane shelters

The mayor of Miami-Dade County is assuring immigrants illegally in South Florida that officials don't plan to check identification in hurricane shelters.

"We don't ask anybody for their identification," Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez (R) said in a briefing late Wednesday, the Miami Herald reported.

"Everybody who needs shelter in Miami-Dade County is welcome, and you should do so without any fear of any repercussions."

The comments come as Hurricane Irma barrels toward Florida.

Mandatory evacuations are set to begin in the area ahead of the storm. Officials are encouraging people to leave their homes as soon as possible to avoid traffic and congestion.

President Trump on Wednesday expressed support to the governors of Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, who are in the storm's path.

Trump spoke to Govs. Rick Scott of Florida (R), Kenneth Mapp of the U.S. Virgin Islands (I) and Ricardo Rosselló of Puerto Rico (D) after the Category 5 storm hurtled through Caribbean Sea Wednesday afternoon, tearing through the tropical islands and leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

Irma, which is clocking raging winds at 185 mph, will likely be the strongest hurricane to make landfall north of the Caribbean Sea in history, according to the National Hurricane Center.