After learning that “the federal government will be sending hundreds of migrants to Broward County to alleviate the highly publicized problems at the U.S. Mexico border,” Broward Mayor Mark Bogen suggested the immigrants may be better off at one of President Donald Trump’s hotels.
Broward County officials issued a press release Thursday, chiding the Trump administration for what could be an influx of hundreds of undocumented immigrants into a region sorely lacking in affordable housing.
The threat from Trump follows the Republican-dominated Legislature’s passage last month of one of the nation’s strictest bans on “sanctuary cities.”
According to the press release, “hundreds of immigrants will be arriving in Broward County on a weekly basis without designated shelters or funding to house them, feed them, and keep them safe.”
Broward Mayor Mark Bogen called the situation “a humanitarian crisis,” and pledged the county will “do everything possible to help these people.”
“If the President will not provide us with financial assistance to house and feed these people, he will be creating a homeless encampment,” the mayor added.
If the county can’t find the resources to house the migrants, Bogan suggested “we bring them to the Trump hotels and ask the President to open his heart and home as well.”
Here’s the rest of the release:
Mayor Bogen says a sudden influx of immigrants will further strain Broward County’s social services and will cause further harm to immigrants who will be left here with no money, housing or basic knowledge of the area. Broward County will reach out to all charities, non-profits, businesses and other resources to try to help the migrants who will be arriving here.
“This is irresponsible policy. To bring hundreds of people here every week without providing the necessary resources to house and feed them is inhumane. Although our Commission has not had the chance to address this issue, in my opinion, the people that we can’t find shelter for and will become homeless, I would suggest, that we bring them to the Trump hotels and ask the President to open his heart and home as well,” said Mayor Mark Bogen.
Broward County is not a sanctuary city and the Florida Senate recently passed a controversial bill banning such cities in the state. President Trump has threatened to send people who illegally cross the border to communities that are considered immigrant friendly.