Gov. DeSantis sending more forces to Texas-Mexico border
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. 3/7/23-Gov. Ron DeSantis during a news conference, Tuesday at the Capitol in Tallahassee. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO

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The Governor is sending 126 reinforcements.

Gov. Ron DeSantis says he is continuing a “yearslong effort to do what the federal government refuses to do” by sending more state forces to the Mexican border.

“We have another round of personnel heading to the southern border. Today, we’ve got 76 Florida Highway Patrol and we got 50 National Guardsmen. National Guardsmen will be leaving tonight from Plant City. The Highway Patrol is going to be leaving out of here momentarily,” DeSantis said Friday in Pensacola.

The morale is “great,” DeSantis said, and the force supplementation is necessary, especially given “massive numbers of Chinese coming across the border.”

“They’re just being able to pour into this country,” the Governor lamented, promising to stay in “this fight” until “the problem is solved.”

The Governor noted that some people have had multiple deployments to the border.

Asked about the Chinese influx, DeSantis said concerns were “valid” especially given “big swarms of people, of military-age males” from “problematic countries.”

“Why would you come from all across the world through the southern border of this country? I think the chances are that there’s some bad intentions there for some of these people. And it’s a huge, huge problem, especially when you look at all the problem countries in this world that have had people come through the southern border,” DeSantis said

“You have people coming from Iran, from North Africa, other places in the Middle East, of course, China. This is not good. And yes, one of the jarring things, and I think some of our folks who have been down there, sometimes you get these big swarms of people and they’re military-age males.”

“A military-age male coming over from the Middle East. Is that really something that we want to be greenlighting in this country? I don’t think so,” he added

The Governor repeated previous predictions of a terrorist attack due to people coming across the border.

“I think that with those types of folks from those types of problematic countries, I don’t think that we’ve actually even seen the full extent of the damage. I do think there’s going to be a terrorist attack in this country that people are going to be able to link to the southern border,” DeSantis said.

“I wish I didn’t believe that, but I don’t see how you can have this many people come in from problematic areas and not have something bad happen.”

The Governor told reporters members of the State Guard would still be deployed to the border later this year.

A.G. Gancarski

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


20 comments

  • Mayorkas Impeached

    February 23, 2024 at 11:28 am

    Well Joe simply won’t step up. We know Kamala just blew off her assignment, and Mayorkas got impeached. It’s up to other people to defend our Southern Border. Thank you to the Governor’s of Texas and Florida. This debacle will cost the taxpayers of this country huge sums of money.

    • Jay Smif

      February 23, 2024 at 11:34 am

      No no no, you whiny little MAGA cultist slave – the border problem is now 100% the fault of traitor Fat Hitler Trump and the GQP party that threw the most conservative, bipartisan border bill into the trash that have the GQP everything they wanted because Fat Hitler said so. Enjoy the suck, and your cult leader dies in a cage. Got that, old man?

      • Joy Behar

        February 23, 2024 at 12:34 pm

        Jay Smif gets his news from MSNBC, CNN, NPR and The View.

        • Dont Say FLA

          February 26, 2024 at 8:09 am

          Rather than trying to vaguely insult news sources, why not suggest why the G0P border bill that gave the G0P just about everything they wanted died an unexpected death at the hands of its creators, the G0P.

    • Tom

      February 23, 2024 at 11:43 am

      Sorry dude but you repo’s own this now. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory as they say, and when biden does act unilaterally, and it gets hauled into the supreme court, it will become even more apparent that house republicans are too incompetent to govern. Go have a shot of Smirnov and drown your sorrows.

      • Demo Spinners

        February 23, 2024 at 12:32 pm

        So what happened then on Biden’s first two years of this immigration flood when he had both the House and the Senate? Spin that one. Your party had no interest and the goal is to make Texas Blue.

        • Tom

          February 23, 2024 at 3:29 pm

          Nothing to spin. You had him dead to rights and blew it. Politically incompetent but hey, you impeached Mayorkas so give yourselves a pat on the back, except that nobody else cares. Round of Smirnov anyone?

          • Dont Say FLA

            February 26, 2024 at 8:07 am

            The Senate trial should provide fantastic opportunity to mock the House GOPs for their votes to impeach, while also dragging Trump and his GOP through the mud for dumping their own border bill while simultaneously impeaching the border guy.

            This border tantrum(p) the G0P was a glorious gift to Democrats. Let’s hope they take advantage of it.

        • Dont Say FLA

          February 26, 2024 at 8:13 am

          What had happened was they prevented the Trump Depression and passed the infrastructure bill. Immigration wasn’t a big deal at that time. It was still Covid and you know it.

          Plus, why look back 2 years to point fingers when there’s a colossal failure just 2 weeks ago? Do you not want folks pointing finger at the failure 2 weeks ago? Hmmmm, why not? LOL @ MI aka Joy aka Demo Spinners aka Rhonda’s former campaign intern back from iowa with nothing to do

    • PeterH

      February 23, 2024 at 11:45 am

      Another new scream name for Putin’s sock puppet!

      • MH/Duuuval

        February 23, 2024 at 4:30 pm

        Here’s a message for puppet head: “Alexander Smirnov, a longtime F.B.I. informant who told investigators that Biden and his son Hunter had each received a five-million-dollar bribe from a Ukrainian energy company, had not only invented that claim but had also admitted to passing along bad information about the Bidens from “officials associated with Russian intelligence.” — Susan Glasses

        Lie with the dogs, get fleas.

    • Dick Cheney

      February 29, 2024 at 9:37 am

      Name a VP that ever did anything at all other than me but even in my case everything I did was kept from the public.

  • PeterH

    February 23, 2024 at 11:43 am

    Republicans could have passed legislation…… their own legislation mind you! ….. but for political purposes they did not!

    Republicans are America’s worst enemy!
    Vote all Republicans out of office!

  • Michael roberts

    February 23, 2024 at 1:54 pm

    are the tax payers footing the bill on this latest move ? Why is he still acting as if he was running for office he is done here He found out that the rest of the country does not want what he did to floriduh

  • MH/Duuuval

    February 25, 2024 at 10:41 am

    God forbid any of our fellow Floridians being sent off the the American Siberia get harmed. But, if they do, will Dee deeclare war on Mexico?

  • Dont Say FLA

    February 26, 2024 at 8:03 am

    The reports are just that troops are going to the border. Note how the reader is left to infer what the troops will be doing there.

    Trump’s G0P wants all the immigrants to come in so they have an issue to complain on. The purpose of Florida national guard troops in Texas would therefore be helping the immigrants immigrate, right?

    Are the FNG troops assisting immigrant across the river and razor wire as Trump’s G0P would have them doing? Are they handing out water? Assisting old folks up the rocky embankment? What are they even doing?

  • Michael K

    February 26, 2024 at 3:37 pm

    As if this little whiny little theatrical stunt solves anything. Except to feed Rhonda’s delusions of importance and grandeur – at florida taxpayer expense, as usual.

  • KathrynA

    February 27, 2024 at 9:49 am

    I see he also is sending FHP troops there where we have very few FHP here in the state to begin with to cover the huge issues on our highways. And why would they be needed at the border? DeSantis has wasted so much of our taxpayer’s money and hardly a protest is heard.
    But heaven forbid that the republican house would pass the immigration/border bill they asked fo;r as they blindly follow the direction of Trump so they can continue making this a campaign issue for him.

    • Dancing Outlaw

      February 29, 2024 at 8:51 am

      Trump wants to keep immigrants, legal or otherwise, safe from the border patrol, so Ron sent the FNG and now also the FHP to help keep immigrants safe. Good for Ron. People are always saying Ron is racist, but these immigrants are brownish people, and he is working hard at keeping them safe over in Texas.

    • nail

      March 1, 2024 at 12:05 pm

      A article on how all MAGAt states sent their “officers “to the border, not one state sent more than 100 “officers’ to the border, but Florida with more than 1,000…
      These other states are recalling their officer because “there was no need with the decrease of immigrants ” and the cost to taxpayer for the officers winter vacay, but here we have Ronnie 3 fingers sending more…now!
      A video on line that spotlights 2 days of FL officers followed, shows they start the day in their hotels at 10am onto a 2 hour breakfast, then onto the border where they pass and sit under a bridge for 3.5 hours then leave for the day…they never entered a Border building , never spoke to any REAL border patrol agents and left for the day..The second day they watched a video for 2v hours….Oops, 2 migrants did pass by their car…this was for 2 days the same thing for the 2 different cars..
      Fl either has 1,200 to many on the payroll, or DeSantis’ princess didn’t spend enough on his road to no where 8 month swirl..and needed to use Millions of funds taxpayers have given DeSantis as to much …
      Disgusting that a governor plays his childish games with taxpayers funds!

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