"We're hopeful there would be less fear of going to jail than there would be staying home during a catastrophic storm", she said. "But hey, that's OK". "You are using the phrase, 'people who are scared to go to jail.' If you have a warrant, legally you should be in jail". One of the things that he mentioned was the banning of sex offenders in every shelter.
Earlier this week, Florida Governor Rick Scott warned that Hurricane Irma could likely be the most devastating tropical storm to hit the state in over a decade. President Trump pardoned Arpaio last month.
Video footage from television channel FOX 13 showed Judd surprised that the policy had drawn national criticism.
"We can not and we will not have innocent children in a shelter with sexual predators and offenders".
Horstman said the measure was enforced to ensure people were safe when seeking shelter.
Whether or not the Polk County Sheriff's Office actually nabs themselves some bad guys during the storm remains to be seen.
Sheriff Grady Judd also stirred up controversy by saying sex offenders would not be allowed into hurricane shelters. Polk County has an estimated population of more than 660,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Horstman tells the New York Times that officials are not concerned with checking the immigration status of people in the shelters.
Horstman said the office did something similar in 2004.
But if you're a sex offender, authorities say an Irma shelter is not the place for you.
Why are you checking IDs? As does whether or not there'll be a Polk County left when Irma is done with it.
"It's a tragedy, we'll need to rebuild both islands".