Florida mayor on housing detained migrants: 'Bring them to the Trump hotels'

 thehill.com  05/18/2019 00:27:12 

"Bring them to the Trump hotels and ask thepresident to open his heart and home as well," Bogen said, according to multiple reports.

Palm Beach County Mayor Mack Bernard (D)also push back on the plans Friday, telling CNN, "Thepresident wants to send his problems to Palm Beach County. And that's not fair."

Local officials have said the federal government plans to release 1,000migrant families per month, split between the two counties, with no apparent plans to house or feed them.

Broward andPalm Beach are Democratic strongholds in Florida and among the state's most populous counties.

"This is a humanitarian crisis. We will do everything possible to help these people," Bogen said Friday, according to CNN. "If the President will not provide us with financial assistance to house and feed these people, he will be creating a homeless encampment."

Thereported plan comes as the Trump administration has already begun releasing some migrants in large groups to Texas cities.

Trumppreviously threatened to release immigrants in so-called sanctuary cities, which prevent local law enforcement from working with federal immigration authorities.

Clamping down on illegal immigration has been a focus of Trump's since he was on the 2016 campaign trail. His administration's zero-tolerance policy and crackdown on immigrants without legal status haveresulted in an increase inmigrants being detained by border officials.

This weekTrumpunveiled his newest immigration proposal, which aims to create more "merit-based" policies.

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