Customs and Border Protection has not publicly disclosed its plans.
Local officials have been told to expect 135 asylum seekers twice a week for the foreseeable future, divided between Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Even allies of the president were nonplussed.
The Legislature this spring passed a bill that would give the Governor authority to remove local officials from office if they do not fully comply with federal immigration laws. The Democratic mayor warned many would likely become homeless.
On Friday, DeSantis stated, "The disaster that we're seeing at the border, that is a disaster created by the policies that were enacted by the Congress of the United States".
"The Miami Herald has not confirmed the impending influx with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which directed all inquires to the Department of Homeland Security". He called the proposition, rejected by Immigration and Customs Enforcement as inappropriate, his "sick idea".
DeSantis also noted that he recently signed a bill banning sanctuary cities and appeared upset that the plan to send immigrants to Florida came after the pledge to help federal immigration authorities.
But the counties are among Florida's most reliably Democratic jurisdictions, leading the president's critics to speculate that he was setting his punitive program into motion. South Florida, Central Florida, northeast Florida.
Each of the counties has a sizable Hispanic population, though not as large as in Miami-Dade, which is the state's most populous county.
"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", county officials said in a statement posted online Thursday. He said such flights would amount to "dumping" migrants on Florida. But White House aides have said the focus of discussions is primarily about redistributing of migrants across the country to lighten the burden on border states.
"No accommodations for shelter or a place to live", Bradshaw said. (The "surge" is still smaller than previous peaks during the early 2000s, plus migrants have a legal right to seek asylum at foreign borders; critics note that in many cases, Central American migrants are fleeing violence and despair caused partly by American foreign-policy decisions.) In addition to trying to build a wall between the States and Mexico, Trump has tried to make it more hard for immigrants to seek legal asylum and just yesterday said in a speech he wants the United States to give green cards only to people with high levels of education or those who pass "patriotism tests".
The sheriff said he was anxious about the criminal backgrounds of the immigrants, as well as about the ability of public and charitable institutions to cope with the new arrivals.
Moody has reached out to law-enforcement agencies that would be affected to discuss their concerns and "evaluate the impact of this plan on Florida", said Lauren Schenone, a Moody spokeswoman. We will do everything possible to help these people.
"Bring them to the Trump hotels and ask the President to open his heart and home as well", Broward County Mayor Mark Bogen said.
The announcement from CBP comes after local officials in Florida sounded the alarms, insisting their communities are not prepared to manage migrant families. He envisioned a scenario in which tent encampments would be required.
"The Governor's office was not informed of this decision", he told the media. "Florida counties do not have the resources to accommodate an influx of illegal immigrants", the aide said. The questions addressed the rationale for the movements, as well as their scope.
"We have not taken any official action yet, since this is new".
Democrats in Congress representing the two counties, including Reps.
Democratic Florida Congressman Ted Deutch said he was unable to get federal officials to clarify the Florida plans. "Coming to a City Near you!"