(CNN)A possible government plan to send migrants who are in federal custody to South Florida sparked concern from local officials this week, and one mayor offered a proposal of his own.
"Bring them to the Trump hotels and ask the President to open his heart and home as well," Broward County Mayor Mark Bogen said.
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Bogen said in a statement that he and other local officials learned this week from US Customs and Border Protection of a plan to release hundreds of migrants weekly into the area.
"This is a humanitarian crisis. We will do everything possible to help these people," Bogen said. "If the President will not provide us with financial assistance to house and feed these people, he will be creating a homeless encampment."
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Neighboring Palm Beach County -- home to Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort -- also received a similar notification from CBP, officials there said.
The sheriff said the agency had recently informed the county of a plan to transport 135 migrants from El Paso, Texas, to Broward and Palm Beach counties twice a week.
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"The President wants to send his problems to Palm Beach County. And that's not fair," Palm Beach County Mayor Mack Bernard told CNN on Friday.
CBP: 'We are not flying anyone to Florida'
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On Friday, a CBP official said there were no plans to send migrants to Florida "immediately," adding that the agency has been in "preliminary" conversations with a number of localities across the country about "contingency plans" to move groups of recently apprehended immigrant families.
"We are not flying anyone to Florida. We were in preliminary planning stages across the nation ... for having contingency plans because we are overcapacity and for our safety and the safety of those that we are charged with caring for, we can't keep them in these facilities," the CBP official said of intake facilities...
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