After an influx of migrants from Cuba and Haiti swamped local and federal resources in South Florida recently, Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency, activated the National Guard, and ordered state agencies to help deal with the crisis.
He also slammed President Joe Biden for not responding to the issue.
“As the negative impacts of Biden’s lawless immigration policies continue unabated, the burden of the Biden administration’s failure falls on local law enforcement who lack the resources to deal with the crisis,” DeSantis said in a released statement. “That is why I am activating the National Guard and directing state resources to help alleviate the strain on local resources. When Biden continues to ignore his legal responsibilities, we will step in to support our communities.”
More than 300 migrants arrived at the Dry Tortugas National Park, about 70 miles west of Key West, on Jan. 1. Federal, state and local authorities have intercepted more than 8,000 migrants in Florida’s territorial waters since August. The executive order cites reports saying another 45 migrants arrived in Key West on Thursday.
As part of the deployment, airplanes and helicopters from the Florida National Guard will be sent to the area to help Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission marine patrol interdict “and ensure the safety of migrants attempting to reach Florida through the Florida Straits,” according to the news release from DeSantis’ office.
The release said the situation was “particularly burdensome” for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, which has 194 deputies.
Migration from Haiti and Cuba has surged in the past year. Violent gangs have assumed control of parts of Haiti following the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in 2021.
Since the Communist revolution in Cuba in 1959, Cubans have fled to Florida, fleeing political repression. Still, in recent years, Cuba’s economy also suffered from the COVID-19 pandemic and its lingering aftereffects.
DeSantis has aggressively criticized Biden’s policies on immigration, and although the federal government controls immigration policy, has nevertheless inserted himself into the issue, sending Venezuelan migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts last year and attracting lawsuits in the process. DeSantis has authorized no further migrant trips under the program.
January 6, 2023 at 6:01 pm
You didn’t tell us what he’s doing with the National Guard? What instructions have the state agencies been given? Stupid article.
January 7, 2023 at 4:39 pm
Operation lone star failure 2: florida edition lol
January 6, 2023 at 8:48 pm
It’s a fascist takeover and an attempt to make Florida a separate country, as if that’s even necessary at this point. It already is a Christian fascist police state. In the end, these insurrectionists and seditionists will be hung. DeSanctimonious has sealed his fate for POTUS.
January 6, 2023 at 8:58 pm
How many illegals are you willing to sponsor? All talk just like the sanctuary cities. DeSantis will protect us and our hard earned tax money and not piss it away on illegals.
January 7, 2023 at 8:10 am
How, pray tell, will he achieve that? I’m pretty sure he won’t be flying them, courtesy of the taxpayers of Florida (AKA pissing away out hard earned tax money), to vacation spots in the northeast. I’m pretty sure he won’t be doing anything too serious at all seeing as he won’t want to alienate the Cuban voting block. In fact, he’ll sit there and whine blaming Biden for the fact that Congress is too damned useless to pass any meaningful legislation on immigration which Biden has nothing to do with.
January 7, 2023 at 2:15 pm
Hard earned tax money? You earn tax money? How do you go about earning tax money? How much do you earn?
January 7, 2023 at 7:23 pm
DeSantis won’t do shit but you’re stupid enough to think he will
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