Ashley Moody sues Joe Biden administration over immigrant flights into Florida
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'I have exhausted all non-litigious avenues for obtaining answers.'

Florida’s top prosecutor is suing the Joe Biden administration, saying it has failed to share more about a series of federal flights carrying undocumented immigrants into Florida “under the cloak of darkness.”

The lawsuit is Florida’s latest effort to uncover more about the overnight flights. Gov. Ron DeSantis claims at least 70 migrant flights have landed in Jacksonville since the summer. Federal agencies, meanwhile, are mum on issue.

“I have exhausted all non-litigious avenues for obtaining answers, but since the Biden administration refuses to be transparent with the American people, I have no other recourse than to take this matter to court — to get answers that will better help us protect the safety and security of Floridians,” said Attorney General Ashley Moody.

DeSantis and company are no strangers to challenging the Biden administration. State leadership frequently locks horns with the Democratic leader, particularly over immigration.

The filing names the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Immigration Services as defendants.

The flights came under heavy fire in November after a 24-year-old Honduras man entered the country by posing as an unaccompanied minor. Police said the man, Yery Noel Medina Ulloa, fatally stabbed a father of four in Jacksonville who had taken him in.

“Federal immigration policies have real consequences on the lives of Floridians,” Moody added. “We need to know how and why the Biden administration is choosing to catch and release illegal immigrants — sending many to live in Florida.”

Florida has begun taking immigration security into its own hands.

DeSantis in September tapped Larry Keefe — a former Donald Trump-nominated U.S. Attorney — as Florida’s “Public Safety Czar.”

In June, the Republican Governor sent 50 state cops to the Southern Border. DeSantis is a leading critic of Biden’s “open-border agenda.”

The mission has cost taxpayers $1.6 million, the Miami Herald reports.

Jason Delgado

Jason Delgado covers news out of the Florida State Capitol. After a go with the U.S. Army, the Orlando-native attended the University of Central Florida and earned a degree in American Policy and National Security. His past bylines include WMFE-NPR and POLITICO Florida. He'd love to hear from you. You can reach Jason by email ([email protected]) or on Twitter at @byJasonDelgado.


10 comments

  • PeterH

    December 3, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    The president gets to decide where immigrants are relocated …. Not Ashley or DeSantis.

    Another waste of taxpayer dollars.

  • tom palmer

    December 3, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    Unsurprising action by a political hack.

  • Marie

    December 3, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    Plenty of native born US Citizens who commit crimes like this every day. Why aren’t they deported?? I guess because the real issue is not the crime they commit, but the color of their skin.

  • Terri

    December 4, 2021 at 12:08 am

    DeSantis needs to get out of office. He did a lousy job in Palm Beach County taking care of the people with Covid19. But his good friends were well taken care of to get the vaccine. While people were dying in Southern Florida. If he gets voted back in as governor how much more damage will he do.

  • Beth

    December 4, 2021 at 12:22 am

    I’m surprised she has the time she’s been so busy helping sexual predator trump try to overturn a fair election and destroy our democracy. The crazy lady needs to be disbarred.

  • Smart

    December 4, 2021 at 11:29 am

    Florida is lucky to have such great leadership. Hopefully Youngkin can be as great.

    The people crying about the ILLEGAL people being dumped in Florida are insane. They are a drain on our country and truly hurt our citizens who are trying hard to break out of poverty.

    I would love to see you nut jobs try to illegally enter any other country. They jail you and send you the hell out…as they should.

    • MiMiPLR

      December 4, 2021 at 1:31 pm

      Spot on!

  • Rob

    December 4, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    Nothing is written about the lack of GOP COOPERATION with the COVID-19 vaccines and how they use politics to stop
    The shots stop masks and even tried to hold up the funding in congress to try and blame Biden for the lack of support for the vaccine. It’s really a good thing for this country these asses were t around during the Polio Epidemic. Maybe if we used bleach like Trump wanted they would all be gone from the political scene. Get vaccinated wear masks to
    Protect your family and others. Don’t be Q Anon foolish .

  • Matthew Lusk

    December 7, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    American jobs are for Americans. Not SQUATTERS! The Dumb Democrats let in 1000 Squatters per day. Democrats are dumb!

  • Eddie Fields

    December 11, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    Round them up and overnight them to Joe’s front door in Delaware

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