The Border Patrol will soon transport 500 migrants a month from the border to Palm Beach and Broward counties, according to a tweet from Senator Marco Rubio. He said he was informed by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's office.
He said the sheriff told him they will be released pending an asylum hearing.
Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw is expected to address the migrant issue Thursday afternoon during a news conference.
Unlawful arrivals are overwhelming our system. Now I have just been informed by #PalmBeach Sheriff that starting next week Border Patrol will begin transporting 500 migrants a month from border to #Broward & PalmBeach #Florida , & releasing them pending an asylum hearing #Sayfie
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 16, 2019
According to NBC 6, Broward Mayor Mark Bogen said the administration will send two planes a week to South Florida carrying a total of 270 migrants as part of its effort to relieve the migrant population along the Texas border. The people will be equally divided between Broward and Palm Beach counties, Bogen said.
"This is a humanitarian crisis. We will do everything possible to help these people," Bogen told NBC 6. "If the President will not provide us with financial assistance to house and feed these people, he will be creating a homeless encampment."
This is a developing story and will be updated.