Updated May 19, 2019 12:35 AM EDT
The Trump administration will not send immigrants crossing the southern border into Florida, a turn that was decided on the weekend, the Department of Homeland Security chief Kevin McAleenan told "Face the Nation" Sunday.
McAleenan's comments come after Florida officials said they were told earlier last week that federal officials. McAleenan told "Face the Nation" that "US Customs and Border Protection informed officials locally in the areas they saw the possibility of doing so," but CBP acting commissioner decided not to do so on Saturday.
News about the plans turned criticism from elected officials in Florida, including Ron DeSantis, the state republican governor who said Friday the state "cannot accommodate this dumping of illegal immigrants in Florida." DeSantis confirmed in a Tweet on Sunday that he has spoken to Mr. Trump and migrants will not be on his way to his state.
"President @ realDonaldTrump and I spoke yesterday and confirmed that he did not approve or endorse sending immigrants illegally crossing the border with Florida. It will not happen," DeSantis tweeted.
McAleenan insisted that the administration focuses on using southwestern border areas to deal with the influx of immigrants. He also claimed that the administration does not move immigrants to sanctuary powers, as President Trump has said he will do. McAleenan claimed that the sanctuary cities already inhabit many immigrants because these cities serve as a "magnet".
McAleenan also insisted he never threatened to quit, denying a Washington Post report, which he threatened to leave in the middle of a dispute with top drum security adviser and immigrant hacker Stephen Miller, who allegedly pushes another shakeup on Agency.
McAleenan, also head of CBP, took over as acting DHS secretary after former DHS secretary Kirstjen Nielsen (1
a proposal to reform legal immigration by limiting some family-based migrations and introducing higher skills and training requirements. The proposal would revise the family-based migration system Mr. Trump calls "chain moving." But the proposal was clear on details, and the administration has not provided any timeline for when the proposal can be released in the form of a bill.
"Our proposal is pro-American, immigrant and pro-worker. It's just common sense," said the president of supporters and journalists at White House Rose Garden on Thursday.
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