DC: Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said the White House considered dumping illegal migrants in Florida, but the administration later decided against it.
“No. We’re using the southwest border sectors for additional capacity,” McAleenan stated during an interview Sunday with CBS News’ “Face the Nation.” The acting DHS secretary said the administration decided against the controversial plan because it wasn’t an “effective use of resources.”
“[W]e looked at it from a planning perspective,” he continued. “There wasn’t going to be an effective use of resources. But yeah, we had to look at all options. When you have sixteen thousand people in custody and facilities designed for many fewer, you’ve got to look at any planning factor you can.”
McAleenan’s comments come after the Trump administration told officials in Palm Beach and Broward Counties in Florida that it was going to start sending them around 1,000 asylum seekers a month from the El Paso, Texas, area. The announcement sparked intense backlash from Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Marco Rubio, two Florida Republicans that are closely aligned with President Donald Trump.
“President [Trump] and I spoke yesterday and confirmed that he did not approve, nor would approve, sending immigrants who illegally cross the border, to Florida. It is not going to happen,” DeSantis tweeted Sunday. The governor was able to claim victory after the acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, John Sanders, decided Saturday to nix the idea altogether. read more