Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said Sunday Florida is no longer being considered for moving illegal immigrants who’ve overwhelmed housing facilities at the southern border.
In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” McAleenan said the pullback from a strategy to move 500 migrants a month to Florida ease the massive border crisis was made Saturday.
“No,” McAleenan said when asked if Florida was still being considered as a location to move illegal immigrants.
“We're using the Southwest border sectors for additional capacity,” he said, adding, “I don’t believe” Florida will be considered in the future for housing either.
Detroit, Mich., and Buffalo, N.Y., are also off the table as sites for moving migrants, he said.
“They did notify officials locally in those areas that they were looking at the idea,” McAleenan conceded, but said that was no longer an option.
When asked when the decision was made, McAleenan said “yesterday.”
“But we should stay focused on what is happening on the border,” McAleenan said. “The border security and humanitarian crisis. They are creating dramatic challenges. … We haven't had a solution from congress to stop that. “
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