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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – New immigration rules announced on Tuesday could lead to widespread deportations in South Florida, where it’s estimated there are 450,000 undocumented immigrants.

On Thursday, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz met with immigration officials before briefing local mayors on what the impact could be on their communities.

“This is devastating,” she declared. “There will be a significant expansion of detentions and deportations for people who have not committed a crime, who have done nothing more than provide for their families.”

There are many questions about where detainees will go, whether families will be split up, the role of local law enforcement and how much cities will have to pay.

“I’m sure there is fear all over. I’m getting calls,” said Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank Ortis. “There is so much out there it is hard to digest.”

Broward County Commissioner Nan Rich added the new rules hadn’t “been all thought out.”

Hundreds of immigration and border patrol agents will have to be hired to expand deportations. And since the money has to come from Congress, Wasserman Schultz says that is where the deportation battle will begin.

She says she will work against funding the hire of additional agents.

Comments (2)
  1. Trump and other officials involved in the immigration legislation have said that we will deport all illegal immigrants who are felons. If illegal immigrants are not felons then they should get on with their lives at this time and keep their noses clean. This frizz headed ding bat who can’t find her butt with both hands should stop putting the liberal spin on everything the Trump administration does. Finally, if the liberal lemmings would stop following her over the cliff, we may get a representative who represents the people.

  2. Damian Moran says:

    She effectively gave America Trump and now she is going t profit from it Wake up America!

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