Gov. DeSantis eyes Special Session to crack down on Haitian migrants

'This Texas law, I think could be a model for other states if the courts end up upholding it.'

Florida legislators may have to return to Tallahassee again before the 2024 election, as Gov. Ron DeSantis has some work for them regarding Haiti.

“I’m working with folks to craft, if there’s something we can do in a Special Legislative Session, to give our law enforcement more authority to arrest and detain, because I think that will be a huge disincentive for people to come if we can do it,” DeSantis said on the Sean Hannity radio show.

The Governor likely would seek legislation like Texas’ SB 4, which is currently blocked by a federal appeals court.

As the Texas Tribune reports, the bill could put border crossers in jail for six months on their first offense, and up to 20 years for a repeat offense. It would also force Judges to order repatriation, with local law enforcement responsible for taking undocumented immigrants back to the border.

“This Texas law, I think, could be a model for other states if the courts end up upholding it,” DeSantis said.

The Governor has already launched Operation Vigilant Sentry, which is designed to keep Haitian refugees from making landfall and finding refuge in Florida, with 250 total forces deployed. More than half of them are from the Florida State Guard. The balance comes from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Florida National Guard and the Florida Highway Patrol.

But he seems to want not just to rebuff the migrant influx, but impose penalties on those who make the trip but are caught, based on Thursday’s comments.

During the same interview, DeSantis discussed the rescue flights from Haiti, and said the situation is more dangerous for Americans than Israel, from where he flew people home last year amid the peak of his presidential campaign.

“I think with Haiti, given the situation, it’s much more dicey and just kind of the day to day, because you have gangs ruling the street. In Israel, you may have to dodge Hamas. But around Israeli authorities, you know, you’re going to be safe,” the Governor said.

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


  • Hollywood Ronny Statham.

    March 22, 2024 at 8:46 am

    Also; cracking down on fentanyl, cocaine, illegal AirBnBs, and a litany of other HOLLYWOOD FANTASIES.

    You’re a lowly attorney; not Jason Statham.

    Here come the Haitians and there ain’t a thing your fatty LEOs can do.

    • Border Czar

      March 22, 2024 at 9:00 am

      Yes there is. We can bring all of them to your neighborhood. You being one of those sanctuary liberal wackos should be just fine with that. Now post your address so we can drop them off.

    • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

      March 22, 2024 at 10:23 am

      Great news Florida,
      I, Earl Pitts American, am working with Ron “The Ronald” DeSantis, and the powers that be, and the movers and shakers in Florida to rush the Sage Passage of Open Carry so we can all get The Drop on Bar-Ba-Que and his Evil Henchmen in order to “BLAST ‘EM” befor they get The Drop on us and “Blast Us All To Kingdom Come”.
      This is the perfect time to provide Florida The Ability To Defend Ourselves by “Giveing” us back what yoi have been illegally denying us “OUR CONSTITUNAL €FFIN RIGHTS”.
      Thank you Florida,
      Earl Pitts “Constititional Expert” American

      • rick whitaker

        March 22, 2024 at 7:30 pm


  • ScienceBLVR

    March 22, 2024 at 9:25 am

    So instead of picking strawberries, the FL taxpayers will support them in jail for 6 months? What’s with the irrational animosity with Haitians in particular? Because you know who called Haiti a sh&thole country? DeSantis is such a pwad

    • Impeach Biden

      March 22, 2024 at 9:27 am

      Have you been to Haiti? Yes it is a sh**t hole.

      • MH/Duuuval

        March 22, 2024 at 9:53 am

        Wouldn’t have anything to do with the financial exploitation of Haiti since is became independent in 1804, would it? Or, the modern-day US support for the Duvaliers, on top of actually occupying the country with our Marines before that? Or, the standard economic corruption and exploitation associated with predatory US capitalism?

        • Impeach Biden

          March 22, 2024 at 12:01 pm

          What country did Haiti declare its independence from? Was it the United States or France?

          • MH/Duuuval

            March 22, 2024 at 5:55 pm

            The French in 1804, after losing on the battlefield to Toussaint and Co., used financial weapons to force the Haitians to pay former slaveholders and, thanks to compound interest, the state of Haiti was still paying off that loan a century later. The US enters the picture militarily and economically after WWI, and US banks take over the debt collecting from French banks.

          • MH/Duuuval

            March 23, 2024 at 1:35 pm

            United States occupation of Haiti by US Marines:
            Jul 28, 1915 – Aug 1, 1934

  • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

    March 23, 2024 at 4:46 pm

    Honestly, Dook 4 Brains Leftys, there is absloutly no need to get all “Historical & Folklorical” about whatever the HeII hapened or did not happen in Haiti in the bygone years.
    BAR-BA-QUE is on his way with his evil henchmen to burn our @55’s alive and he dont care if you are A Dook 4 Brains Lefty or a Sage Patriot.
    We all, one and all , need to be packing Cannons on oir Hips with concealed back up Pistolas in our pockets Locked & Loaded for Immediate Deployment.
    THAT WAY WHEN BAR-BA-QUE COMES it will go just like this:
    “Say your prayers Bar-Ba-Que Varmet ….. Pew Pew Pew Pew …. HOLD STILL VARMENT SO I CAN BLAST YA ….. Pew Pew Pew!!!! … THUD …… Got ’em Boys ….. Good Job Boys!!!
    Thank you, Dook 4 Brains Leftys.
    This preview of the near future has been brought to you by The Sage Earl Pitts American.
    *See This Cannon on My Hip Boy?
    It Ain’t No Joke Boy!*

    • MH/Duuuval

      March 23, 2024 at 6:17 pm

      If your marksmanship is as flawed as your rhetoric, you best leave firearms alone.

      • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

        March 23, 2024 at 8:52 pm

        See this Cannon on my hip?
        Well it a’int no joke boy.

    • rick whitaker

      March 23, 2024 at 6:38 pm


  • Dont Say FLA

    March 23, 2024 at 7:32 pm

    The only special session needed is for Rhonda and the rest of the FLgOPs to get to work stringing barbed razor wire along the Atlantic Ocean beaches from Key West all the way up to Fernandina Beach.

    Probably better string some up the west side the keys, too.

    That way, Haitian boat people’s landing options are Okefenokee Swamp or Everglades.

    Get to work Rhonda!
    Get to work, boys.

  • MH/Duuuval

    March 24, 2024 at 1:05 pm

    “This Texas law, I think, could be a model for other states if the courts end up upholding it,” DeSantis said.

    Won’t be upheld — John Calhoun learned that in 1828 or thereabouts.

    Not that today’s latter-day secessionists care about the law — they want to win the game, or they’ll take their ball home.

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