Gov. DeSantis tasks State Guard, other forces to deal with Haitian migrant influx
Ron DeSantis. Image via Facebook Live.

Ron DeSantis State Guard
'We cannot have illegal aliens coming to Florida.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis is sending members of the Florida State Guard and other forces under his command to the southern part of the state to deal with Haitian migrants fleeing issues at home.

“For quite some time, the State of Florida has been dedicating significant resources to combat illegal vessels coming to Florida from countries such as Haiti,” DeSantis said as he announced new reinforcements for the state’s Operation Vigilant Sentry.

“Given the circumstances in Haiti, I have directed the Division of Emergency Management, the Florida State Guard, and state law enforcement agencies to deploy over 250 additional officers and soldiers and over a dozen air and sea craft to the southern coast of Florida to protect our state. No state has done more to supplement the (under-resourced) U.S. Coast Guard’s interdiction efforts; we cannot have illegal aliens coming to Florida.”

More than half of those deployed this week are from the State Guard, which saw its forces doubled recently given the graduation of a training class.

In addition to that 133-member contingent, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will send 39 additional officers, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will deploy 23 additional officers with eight additional seacraft, the Florida National Guard will engage 48 additional Guardsmen with four additional helicopters, and the Florida Highway Patrol will allocate 30 additional officers with an additional aircraft and drones for surveillance.

The Governor has been willing to use his forces on a variety of missions, including one out of state, as reflected by DeSantis’ announcement last month to add his soldiers to other police and fighting forces from Florida headed for the Texas border with Mexico.

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


  • PeterH

    March 13, 2024 at 12:55 pm

    Another DeSantis political stunt. Always trying to stay relevant in the national debate…… sorry DeSantis….. not sorry ….. you will never be president of the USA.

    • MH/Duuuval

      March 13, 2024 at 2:33 pm

      That said, Haitians fleeing the catastrophe on their island are in for a world of hurt — men, women and children — if Dee tries to keep them from coming ashore and forces them back out to sea or flies them back home.

  • KathrynA

    March 14, 2024 at 9:03 am

    I don’t know the answer to the Haitian crisis, but the regular people are in a world of hurt and many are dying from the violence inflicted everywhere by these gangs. But treating those fleeing for their lives as criminals is not the answer. Where is our empathy? Just as in Gaza, most of the people are just caught in untenable situations by true criminals running the countries by force.

    • MH/Duuuval

      March 14, 2024 at 10:38 am

      Too late to turn around the present situation in Haiti, but the massive number of firearms there have been funneled primarily through Miami. For this we can thank MAGAnauts and 2A fanatics, who continue to wail for more, more, more.

  • Dont Say FLA

    March 14, 2024 at 5:49 pm

    How can Rhonda’s Goon Squad do anything on their Tour De Texas about new Floridians who aren’t that palatable to Rhonda’s personal tastes?

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