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Congresswoman Frederica Wilson

Representing the 24th District of Florida

Wilson Statement on Reports of Plans to Send Migrants to Florida

May 16, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Wilson issued the following statement in response to reports that the Trump administration plans to send Central American migrants to Florida:

“The Trump administration’s alleged proposal to send hundreds of migrants monthly to Broward and Palm Beach counties without any arrangements for their care and safety is a cynical ploy that, if enacted, he hopes will sway the American public to side with him on how to best handle this divisive issue. It also is another example of how little regard this president has for people from certain racial and ethnic demographics. That disregard apparently extends to Florida’s congressional delegation, whose members have not been informed about this plan.

“Mr. Trump has probably given little thought to the ramifications of his internecine proposal. Voters won’t like this attempt to manufacture crises in our communities and drain already strained resources, nor will they forget it when they head to the polls next year. Building encampments on the grounds of his beloved Mar-a-Largo, however, is something they likely can get behind.”