Senate Democrats protest Ron DeSantis’ Mexico border deployment
Sen. Lauren Book.

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Democrats say deployment is political stunt, questionable, and dangerous.

Florida’s 16 Democratic senators are protesting Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ deployment of law enforcement officers to the Mexican border and urging him to reverse his order.

The Democrats, led by Democratic Leader Lauren Book, wrote DeSantis Thursday afternoon decrying the deployment as questionable in need and likely political in motivation — and dangerous for Floridians, who now are protected by fewer officers.

In the letter, the Democrats contend that the federal government already is deploying people into border areas so there is no need for DeSantis to “sacrifice the safety of our state for what appears to be political posturing.”

“The State of Florida, however, cannot afford to lose much-needed law enforcement personnel to bolster what many see as little more than a political stunt,” they added.

On Wednesday, DeSantis said Florida is the first state to answer calls from the governors of Texas and Arizona, both Republicans, to increase law enforcement activity at the nation’s border with Mexico. The Florida Highway Patrol, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and several sheriffs’ offices have already agreed to send officials.

Democrats urged him to reverse that decision.

“We, the undersigned Members of the Senate Democratic Caucus, are writing today to call on you to reverse your questionable decision to dispatch members of Florida’s law enforcement community out of our state and elsewhere for what appears to be purely political purposes,” the Democrats wrote. “On behalf of the millions of diverse constituents the Senate Democratic Caucus represents, we urge you to consider the dangers such a move presents.”

In announcing the deployment, DeSantis charged that Florida’s rising crime rate isn’t “organic” but rather is caused by criminal immigrants that President Joe Biden‘s border and immigration policies are allowing to come across the border.

Democrats scoffed at that conclusion. However, they did agree the violent crime rate is rising in Florida.

For that reason, they argued, Floridians need those law enforcement officers in Florida, not in Texas or Arizona.

“Your choice to divert Florida officers away from their local communities where they are desperately needed will handicap efforts to combat this critical and urgent public safety issue,” the Democrats’ letter states.

“Additionally, summer tourist season is upon us; with a reopened economy, surging numbers in communities coast-to-coast will demand a greater police presence to safeguard and protect Floridians and visitors alike,” the letter adds.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected]


8 comments

  • John

    June 17, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    Lauren book never held a job before her daddy ron bought her the senate. She is. Clueless on everything.
    The ship is sinking and you have to plug the leaky border or the criminals will overwhelm us. Duh!
    Floridians are well armed and we are better served by these bloated departments by sending them on deployment to protect the boarder. Call up volunteers. I will grab my pack and rifle and go myself!

    • Tom Palmer

      June 17, 2021 at 7:06 pm

      There’s a difference between being well-armed and well-trained. This is just another political sideshow. He puts the goober in gubernatorial.

    • Michael Hoffmann

      June 17, 2021 at 7:54 pm

      When you are on the border, please keep an eye out for the trafficking of illegal firearms from the US to Mexico and Central America. The Mexican authorities say that over the last 5 years 2/3 of firearms they confiscated from criminals originated in the US. The influx of firearms from the US, including 50 cal. rifles (a favorite of assassins), has destabilized these countries and is an important reason why many have to leave their birthplaces in order to survive.

      Or, is an illegal international gun trade part of the Second Amendment protections you embrace?

    • Tj

      June 18, 2021 at 7:53 am

      John, where were you on Jan 6, 2021?

  • Josey

    June 17, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    Looks like Florida’s low IQ governor has conjured up yet another stunt to demonstrate to America-at-large what a moron he is.

    • The Chief

      June 20, 2021 at 4:16 pm

      Hahaha. Now that’s funny coming from a super low IQ Libratard.

      • Joset

        June 20, 2021 at 7:59 pm

        So what do we call you here? Chief Sits-on-his-fat-ass-and-listens-to-his-arteries-crack? Or are you somekind of fake chief?

  • John

    June 19, 2021 at 12:10 am

    Sure wish you communists would all go back where you came from. We don’t need you or your politics in Florida. Cuba China and many other hell holes your thinking has destroyed.

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