Sheriff Judd: Sex offenders, those with warrants not welcome at hurricane shelters

Henrietta Brewer
September 7, 2017

The Polk County Sheriff's Office sent out a series of tweets on Wednesday afternoon that said the department will be checking IDs at shelters set up for evacuation from Irma, and anyone with a warrant would be brought to jail.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials had to calm fears that undocumented people seeking refuge from Harvey could face added legal scrutiny after the Customs and Border Protection agency announced its immigration checkpoints north of the Mexican border would remain open during and after the storm, CNN reported. As does whether or not there'll be a Polk County left when Irma is done with it.

"If you have a warrant and you go to a shelter, you'll be taken to jail", she said.

The ACLU released a statement on Twitter saying people with warrants are dealing with non-violent offenses and pose no risk to those in a shelter and shouldn't have to worry about facing a natural disaster without aid to avoid going to jail over things like unpaid traffic tickets.

Twitter users said Judd would get people killed with his approach and that he should emulate Houston, which said it would not make arrests of those in shelters.

"I was just trying to keep people informed ahead of time", Horstman said in an interview.

"We see that people [on Twitter] are upset, but the bottom line is the shelters are here to protect people and we want people to be safe", Horstman said. If you have a warrant, take care of it now.

Florida Governor Rick Scott has warned that Irma could be more devastating than Hurricane Andrew, which hit the state in 1992.

"We didn't have social media in 2004", she said. "We need to know who is in there".

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