Governor: Trump does not authorize air transport of migrants in Florida

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis at a ceremony in Miami Gardens on May 9, 2019.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis at a ceremony in Miami Gardens on May 9, 2019.

The New Herald

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President Donald Trump has not approved or authorized the weekly air transport of hundreds of immigrants from the Mexican border to southern Florida, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said on Sunday.

The governor spoke to Trump on Saturday, two days after local officials said the border patrol told them that 1,000 migrants would soon be sent to the counties of Palm Beach and Broward, said Helen Ferre, a spokeswoman for DeSantis.

Although the secretary of the National Security, Kevin McAleenan, acknowledged that the federal authorities have communicated to local officials the possibility of sending migrants by air, Trump later accused the press of "false news".

"There are no plans to send migrants to facilities in the north or on the coast, including Florida," the president said. "Our country is full; we cannot admit them and we will not".

After local leaders harshly criticized the measure last week, federal authorities said that only the possibility of flights was analyzed and that nothing would happen immediately.

McAleenan said Sunday that he is not thinking about Florida and other cities in the interior to send migrants. In a program on the CBS network, the official said the plan "would not be an effective use of government resources".

"We examined it from a planning perspective. We have stations in Florida … they are very small stations, they have some agents who are busy patrolling their areas," he said.

He added that John Sanders, as commissioner of the Customs and Border Protection Bureau, made the decision on Saturday to discard the Miami, Detroit and Buffalo sectors. The Miami branch of the agency covers all of South Florida.

"We had to see all the options," he said.

The government has run out of space to prosecute migrants who have arrived at the Texas border. McAleenan said there are currently 16,000 people in custody at border patrol stations and ports of entry into the country. The government has started sending hundreds of migrants from Texas to San Diego, in order to more evenly distribute the workload among the border police structures.

Once the immigrants have been tried, they are released and given an appearance order in a city court where they intend to reside, often with family members, and this could be anywhere in the country.

Apparently, DeSantis was taken by surprise and said that those flights amounted to "getting rid" of migrants in Florida. He even seemed bothered by the fact that the state was considered an option, particularly after recently enacting a bill banning the so-called city of sanctuaries and committing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

Trump and DeSantis have an intimate relationship. The president gave his support to the governor, which led him to get a surprise triumph in the state elections last year.

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, one of the first officials to speak out against the measure, hinted at an audio message posted on Twitter on Saturday that local authorities and federal lawmakers reacted quickly. representing Florida has forced federal officials to change their minds.

"Thanks to everyone's efforts, we managed to stop what appeared to be a crisis in our communities," he said.

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