Trump ‘Did Not Approve’ Transporting Immigrants to Florida

Miguel Moreno
By Miguel Moreno
May 19, 2019USshare
Trump ‘Did Not Approve’ Transporting Immigrants to Florida
South Dakota Governor-elect Kristi Noem (R) sits next to U.S. President Donald Trump and Florida Governor-elect Ron DeSantis (L) at the White House on Dec. 13, 2018. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, wrote on Twitter that President Donald Trump “did not approve, nor would approve” transporting illegal aliens to Florida.

Immigration facilities at the border have run out of room processing the influx of entering illegal migrants. To decompress the overcrowded facilities, CBP has been transporting these illegals to CBP facilities in other states.

A Border Patrol agent apprehends illegal aliens who have just crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico into Penitas, Texas, on March 21, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

But the Republican governor of Florida was not aware of CBP’s decision to reallocate the illegal migrants.

“As I’ve said, this was not something that came down from the White House, this was something that came out of the agency,” said DeSantis at a press conference on May 17. ” Sometimes this stuff happens. It’s gonna ultimately be something I’m gonna talk with the president about.”

DeSantis has pushed for the prohibition of sanctuary cities in Florida. In May the Florida Senate passed a bill forbidding practices that limit cooperation between local and federal authorities.

DeSantis said that Florida cannot accommodate illegal aliens as he thinks it would “tax our resources, the schools, the health care, law enforcement, state agencies.”

According to AP, the plan was to send about 1,000 immigrants to two counties in Florida per month.

Migrants arrive at an Annunciation House facility
Migrants arrive at an Annunciation House facility to be cared for after being released by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in El Paso, Texas, on Jan. 14, 2019. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

DeSantis Cooperates With Immigration Agencies

The governor clarified that although he disagreed with CBP’s plan, the state works closely with the federal government, “We’re not gonna be like some of these other states that are not allowing federal authorities come into a jail or courthouse,” he said at the press conference.

However, DeSantis did say that Congress is to blame for the problem at the border, for failing to address its faulty policies.

President Donald Trump proposed a major reform of the immigration system on May 16—prioritizing migration on applicants’ merits and skills. The proposal addresses legal immigration and reinforcement of the border.

President Donald Trump speaks
President Donald Trump speaks about modernizing the immigration system in the Rose Garden at the White House on May 16, 2019. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo)

But Hector Garza, a border patrol agent, told Fox News that House Democrats need to cooperate with Republicans to resolve what was not listed in the proposal.

“President Trump has talked about the dreamers and that he does have a very big heart for dreamers … those are things that are missing in this plan,” said Garza. “However, the Democrats need to come to the negotiation table and deal with President Trump, and negotiate on those items that they do want.”

Dreamers are recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: an Obama-era executive action that allowed certain, young illegal aliens to stay and work in the country.

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with Vice President Mike Pence
President Donald Trump with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and Vice President Mike Pence after the State of the Union address in the chamber of the House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol Building on Feb. 5, 2019, in Washington. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

“Enough about politics, let’s stop worrying about the election, and let’s start worrying about our country,” said Garza.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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