Ron DeSantis rips undocumented immigrants’ sense of ‘entitlement’

DeSantis EOG from Bowling Green
The Governor continues to hammer the issue.

Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke in Hardee County, where his comments included a riff on certain undocumented immigrants and their sense of “entitlement.”

“You see some of these images, you see some of these people in New York City committing crimes, and the sense of entitlement on some of these illegal aliens is unbelievable. They act like they have a right to illegally come into our country,” DeSantis said. “I’m sorry, you do not have that right.”

The Governor made those comments in the middle of his latest statements on issues at the U.S.-Mexico border, which has been a major talking point for him over the last 24 hours specifically.

On Thursday in Jacksonville, the Governor announced the first out-of-state deployment for the reactivated Florida State Guard, troops from which are being sent to Texas.

“It’s as bad as it’s ever been at the southern border,” DeSantis said at that event, vowing to be “helpful” to Texas.

DeSantis earned national media coverage from that announcement, featured on Fox News both Thursday and Friday. That included an appearance on the Sean Hannity show Thursday evening that felt like an attempt at political rehabilitation after his failed presidential campaign, which won no counties in Iowa and folded before what would have been a distant third place in New Hampshire based on every poll available.

On Hannity’s show, he suggested the State Guard would be willing to go coast to coast for his border security mission.

“But if California actually wants to stop people coming across the border, I’m happy to send to California as well because ultimately, I want the whole border secure. Texas is the first step, but we need all states to have secure borders,” DeSantis said on Fox News.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Joe

    February 2, 2024 at 11:01 am

    Hey Tiny D, Florida doesn’t have a border with Mexico. Shouldn’t Casey have you pretending to govern back home again by now?

    • Florida Red

      February 2, 2024 at 11:33 am

      You are aware that Florida is used as an entry point by Cubans, Haitians, and whoever else gets dropped off on a boat here right?

    • P. S. PIETY

      February 2, 2024 at 11:33 am


  • Michael K

    February 2, 2024 at 11:11 am

    Bless their tiny little heart, they backed down and failed – at great expense and damage to a lot of people. Can’t they get it through their thick little head that their political future is dead?

    • Florida Red

      February 2, 2024 at 11:35 am

      Not everyone wins their first time at a national election. Ronald Reagan comes to mind as one.

    • DEBRA

      February 3, 2024 at 2:36 am

      I hope you are correct. Tiny D’Souza grandma came from Italy in 1925. She had less than $100 in her purse and was pregnant 🤰 and couldn’t speak English. They wanted to turn her away bc she couldn’t speak English but had a soft heart duty to her pregnant belly. 🤧. If only. WE WOULDN’T HAVE HIM AS A PROBLEM IN FLORIDA. HE HAS COST US MILLIONS NOT TO MENTION THE HATRED IN HIS HEART.

      • Merry Present

        February 3, 2024 at 4:42 pm

        What’s this? Are you saying that the US should NOT accept all comers? So much hate in your heart you fail to recognize your own poisonous hypocrisy. From your description it appears as if she presented herself to a port of entry, was processed appropriately and was not pushing a bogus asylum claim…unlike the people coming through every dry riverbed on the southern border. How does it feel to support human trafficking? Because that is exactly what you are doing when you support an open border.

        • MH/Duuuval

          February 3, 2024 at 10:23 pm

          Practically every prospering country on the planet is having to deal with a flood of asylum seekers from the sh*thole countries where life, liberty and property are not safe from gangs, cartels, and dictatorships.

          Obama tried to ferret out the criminal element among the floods of people during his terms in office. Trump tried to intimidate and frighten away asylum seekers by forcibly dividing families like slavery days. Biden is facing the largest numbers ever at the border and Congress won’t untie his hands legislatively and provide $ to deal with the situation in a humane, fair way.

          Human trafficking going northward is associated with these difficulties but so is large-scale gun trafficking going southward .

  • KathrynA

    February 2, 2024 at 11:22 am

    And who is DeSantis talking about with a sense of entitlement. When he points fingers–4 are pointing back at him!

  • MH/Duuuval

    February 2, 2024 at 11:39 am

    Dee, ignorant as ever of facts, doesn’t know or care that undocumented Cubans have gotten the red carpet treatment once they got ashore: the whole 9 yards just short of citizenship, which was easy for them to obtain.
    Many of these have in turn embraced the caudillo ethic that makes Latin America such a mess.

    • Florida Red

      February 2, 2024 at 11:52 am

      Latin America is a mess and that socialist form of government is what many of you Democrats want.

      • MH/Duuuval

        February 2, 2024 at 10:45 pm

        You prefer Pinochet, si?

    • Miriam Martinez

      February 3, 2024 at 3:32 pm

      Completely not true! Cubans and other Latin American immigrants have made Miami what it is today. A vibrant, multicultural city where big tech companies are relocating too. Nit to mention low on crime compared to other American cities.

      • MH/Duuuval

        February 3, 2024 at 10:29 pm

        Everything I said is correct about Cuban emigres historically getting much better treatment. Ask any Cuban.

        Obama put Haitians on the same plane, and now Nicrarauans and Venezuelans are treated similarly although the benefits for all comers were reduced in 2916.

        The killing joke is that the older generations of Cubans don’t want the newer Cubans to have the same benefits because the new wave wants to retain their ties with relatives on the island by visiting them and sending remittances.

        • MH/Duuuval

          February 3, 2024 at 10:30 pm

          CORRECTION: 2016, not 2096

          • MH/Duuuval

            February 3, 2024 at 10:31 pm

            I need new glasses: 2016, not 2916

  • Ron

    February 2, 2024 at 11:46 am

    I thought he dropped out of the race to the orange man criminal running for President. I guess we were wrong. Always invoking HATE

    • Artemis

      February 2, 2024 at 11:49 am

      Wait until YOUR daughter gets sideswiped and is the attempted victim of a kidnapping.
      Maybe then you’ll realize we are NOT getting the best & brightest from across the border. These aren’t folks with degrees or who wish to assimilate, nope. They see potential victims everywhere.
      Idiot. You are an idiot.

      • MH/Duuuval

        February 2, 2024 at 3:52 pm

        I’d be more fearful of my daughter being within 50 years of you, imbecile.

      • JustBabs

        February 3, 2024 at 8:22 am

        More than likely that would be one of our very own domestic terrorist citizens. But keep using your imagination to weave fairytales just to scare yourself and dehumanize those coming across the border. You have been groomed, well, by the Republican mouth pieces.

  • Elly

    February 2, 2024 at 12:13 pm

    Florida and Texas have helped each other for a long time. Both states have hurricanes and millions of illegal migrants. The border needs protection right now and Texas has dealt with the brunt of it. States that can send help should do so.

  • William Kelley

    February 2, 2024 at 2:20 pm

    You go gov DeSantis keep on doing what is right. No one should be able to move here illegally an start sucking up government benefits that it owe citizens have a hard time getting them selves. Keep on keeping on.

    • MH/Duuuval

      February 2, 2024 at 3:57 pm

      This what the indigenous repeatedly said in 1492 and afterwards, but did it stop rapacious Europeans?

      Folks coming now want simply to work and be secure — they’re not interested in your well-manicured yard and well-manicured fingernails.

      You want a fairer distribution of the fruits of labor, then quit supporting enormous tax breaks for the uber-wealthy, as Trump and Bush did.

  • Michael K

    February 2, 2024 at 4:15 pm


    How about siphoning public education funding into unaccountable religious schools to benefit mostly wealthy families? My parents made a conscious choice to send their kids to private schools and pay for it – they never expected a government handout. And, they always supported school-bond issues, because they believed in the power and purpose of public education.

    Entitlement? The immigrants I’ve come to know are industrious and hardworking – and many are doing the jobs that no one else in America wants. Does our governor ever stop to think about how cheap meat gets on the table or how crops get picked or construction projects get built or elder care is delivered?

  • Faye Spencer

    February 2, 2024 at 10:05 pm

    Thank you, Ron Desantis!

  • Floridians are hurting

    February 3, 2024 at 8:39 am

    Rona, you can’t solve problems in other states using our tax dollars responsibly when we have our own problems in Florida. All this anti-immigrant bluster is unnecessary Dude; you dropped out of the race for the White House. You don’t have to pander to the Trump/Fox crowd Man! You need to help Florida with real problems- poverty, homelessness, clean water, insurance, sea level rise, solar power, health care and so forth. You are losing support in Florida because you have abandoned our State for your quest for National power. Duh.

    • MH/Duuuval

      February 4, 2024 at 10:35 pm

      After Dee subsidizes essential workers, he intends to replace the rest of us with wealthier folks from outside Florida who are not invested in educating the youth or providing medical care for the poor. These folks are all about privatization because they can afford it — until they can’t, but Dee will be President by then.

      • Nope

        February 6, 2024 at 6:01 pm

        This is on point and at play across the board. Destruction of community always leads to overall economic devastation except for the few. Look at Brazil and PR for preview of what is to come if things keep heading in this direction. It’s not a right vs left issue. It’s a moral one as well as pragmatic. Take a strictly utilitarian view and you end up at the same place. Destroy the middle and there’s nothing left but misery and no moral compass. The snowball effect is nearly irreversible. Yes it sounds dramatic wa wa. But just take a look at other countries that have allowed this. Forget other states. Florida is like its own country and this is happening faster than people realize. In a generation it will be game over.

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