Broward county officials say they have been informed the Trump Administration is planning weekly flights relocating hundreds of migrants from the Southern Border region to Broward and Palm Beach counties, where they expect they will be processed by Border patrol and released into the community.
Broward Mayor Mark Bogen said the administration will send two planes a week to South Florida carrying a total of 270 migrants as part of its effort to relieve the migrant population along the Texas border. The people will be equally divided between Broward and Palm Beach counties, Bogen said.
"This is a humanitarian crisis. We will do everything possible to help these people," Bogen said. "If the President will not provide us with financial assistance to house and feed these people, he will be creating a homeless encampment."
President Trump has threatened in recent weeks to relocate migrants into so-called sanctuary cities – places where law enforcement does not honor federal requests to hold arrested suspects people who are in the country illegally until they can be picked up by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.
But Broward County has specifically passed a resolution, in 2017, designed to show it is not a sanctuary community – that they follow federal law when it comes to holding prisoners who have ICE detainers.