Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis and Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey are vowing that the cavalry is on the way and that their state will send law enforcement to both Texas and Arizona to help patrol their borders.
Ivey explained: “When the state of Florida has a storm that devastates an area, law enforcement resources from across the country respond and come to our rescue. The concept of responding to the needs of a state in the aftermath of a storm is no different than responding to the needs of another state in the midst of a border crisis.”
“This is exactly what leadership, crisis management, and commitment to law and order looks like” Ivey said of DeSantis. “The guy’s got it going on. He’s not afraid to stand on the ledge and make decisions. He understands, like I do, that the government’s one and only responsibility is to protect its citizens, and he has taken an oath to protect his citizens, his cops, and his Constitution.”
Ivey told “Fox & Friends First” he is incensed that the Biden administration is not doing its job on the border.
“It’s outrageous that our deputies and law enforcement from Florida may go to the border before the vice president, but, you know, we all work together in law enforcement. And bravo to our governor, Ron DeSantis, for making sure that we’re standing behind Texas and Arizona and their request from law enforcement to come out and help fight this crisis,” he said.
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“It’s taking place because the Biden administration opened the floodgates, allowed everyone to come in with no control measures, nothing else. And now we’re left trying to put pieces back together to fight the battle,” the sheriff continued.
“When you look at the increase of illegals across our border, when you look at the increase in human trafficking victims, the increase in fentanyl and meth and the other impacts of illegal immigration that filter in the communities, we’re going to fight this battle. So we probably are better served to team up and all of us fight it together because of it,” he added. “If the federal government is not going to do their job under this administration, then local law enforcement and states are pulling together and going to do it.”
On June 16, DeSantis announced at a press conference that he would send help to Republican governors Doug Ducey of Arizona and Greg Abbott of Texas to secure their borders since no assistance from the federal government was reportedly coming. He was the first governor to answer the requests by the two states for help over border security.
“It’s undeniable that the border crisis is out of control,” Christina Pushaw, who is the press secretary to DeSantis, stated in an interview with The Epoch Times. “Helping our fellow Americans in their moment of need is always the right thing to do. The governors of other states have sent resources to Florida in the past to help respond to natural disasters. With the federal government unable or unwilling to enforce our laws and secure our border, Florida is ready to step up to the plate and do our part.”
“Securing the border helps Floridians,” Pushaw remarked. “Even though Florida isn’t a border state, securing the southern border would help stop the flow of narcotics that end up in our state and ravage our communities. Illegal immigrants have also committed crimes in Florida, which could have been prevented if our immigration laws were enforced.”
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A number of other sheriffs are also voicing their support for the move.
“When the governor called Wednesday and expressed his concerns about our southern border, I immediately offered whatever resources we could spare for this endeavor,” Okaloosa County Sheriff Eric Aden noted. “After all, these states have answered the call for us with hurricane relief and other emergencies, so it’s only fair that we return the effort when they call for help.”
“The situation at the border is more than a crisis and one that must be dealt with immediately,” Aden asserted. “It’s a matter of national security. But if the federal government cannot or will not gain control, then states like Florida will come to the aid of our fellow states pleading for help.”
Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford also sees the request from the governors of Texas and Arizona to secure the border as an opportunity to repay the debt he owes them after hurricane Michael inundated Bay County. “So we’re going to volunteer to be the first ones there to help.”
Ford also reported that Bay County has been flooded with heroin, amphetamines, and fentanyl in the last six months.
“I think it’s very important that we heed those calls because we were in a time of great need two years ago,” Ford explained. “I just remember that feeling of having the cavalry roll in to assist, not asking any questions like who’s going to pay for it but just being available. I know the burden they’re carrying on the border.”
“It’s doing the right thing,” Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno declared. “Inevitably, whenever we have an emergency or a hurricane that comes through here, the governors of Texas and Arizona send us anything that we need.”
Sheriff Marceno pointed out that fentanyl cases have risen by a stunning 230 percent in Lee County over the last six months. He also contends there has been a 3,000 percent increase of sexual predators coming across the border.
“We’re not going to allow it,” Marceno proclaimed. “Florida’s residents are going to be safe and secure.”
“The governor is the true definition of an amazing leader,” Marceno remarked. “That is the reason why 904 people a day move to our state, for law enforcement and safety. He is a phenomenal leader. He’s an amazing man to work with. The communication is constant and I am very proud to say he’s our governor in the state of Florida.”
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