DeSantis rejects Biden border ‘lawlessness,’ calls for admin to stop resettling migrants in Florida

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to bedevil President Joe Biden, as seen this past week when he pushed the issue on the administration’s disastrous open borders policies and the resettlement of illegal immigrants in politically strategic locations throughout the U.S.

The Sunshine State Republican called for the Biden administration to stop sending illegal immigrants to Florida, a process that undermines the efforts of state and local law enforcement officials to ensure that “criminal aliens are not released back into our communities,” he noted. This being a growing concern after the current White House occupant reversed the tough immigration policies of former President Donald J. Trump.

In a scathing 5-page letter to embattled Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, DeSantis wrote that DHS “appears to be hard at work resettling ever larger numbers of illegal aliens who have no lawful status under federal immigration law from the southwest border to Florida,”

“I ask that DHS immediately cease any further resettlement of illegal aliens in Florida and that the aliens instead be removed from the United States or resettled in states that support the administration’s continued flouting of our immigration laws,” wrote DeSantis.

He added, “Floridians welcome responsible immigration that serves the interests of Florida and the American people, but we cannot abide the lawlessness that your department is aiding and abetting on the southwest border.”

The governor said in the letter 6,254 unaccompanied alien minors have been released in Florida.

DeSantis also blasted Biden for choosing not to fulfill his responsibility to enforce immigration laws that have been enacted by Congress despite his constitutional duty to do so.

“It is beyond reasonable dispute that this administration’s lawless policies are incentivizing mass illegal immigration to our country,” he concluded in the letter. “The states, not the federal government, bear the brunt of this administration’s lawless immigration policies. The states hold the police powers in our system of government and are responsible for the health, safety, and welfare of our people. By releasing illegal aliens, including unaccompanied minors, into the United States on such a massive scale, the federal government is saddling states and local governments with the resulting health, financial, economic, and public safety costs.”

DeSantis also jabbed Biden after the Supreme Court dealt pro-open borders president a major defeat last week when it rejected administration efforts to block the reinstatement of Trump’s “Remain In Mexico” policy.

The letter comes as DeSantis remains the focus of a coordinated smear campaign to damage him politically by falsely accusing him of losing control of COVID in Florida. This being a deceitful effort that is largely based on faulty and misleading reporting, and the manipulation of the numbers, even as cases climb throughout the nation and the border remains porous despite numerous reports of aliens testing positive for the virus and not being subjected to standard quarantine procedures.

The governor responded to the scurrilous attacks on COVID earlier this month, calling on Biden to “do your job” by securing the border.

DeSantis became the gold standard of American governors for his stalwart leadership during the unprecedented health crisis when he prioritized protecting his state’s most vulnerable citizens, refused to implement the draconian lockdown measures favored by his Democrat counterparts, and protected jobs and the economy, all of which elevated his national profile and positioned him as a serious threat to Biden if Trump does not run again in 2024.

Biden was pressing his petty war on DeSantis over school mask mandates before his four-alarm dumpster fire in Afghanistan took a turn for the worse with the suicide bombing that claimed the lives of 13 American service members and at least for the time being, has more pressing matters to deal with than responding to his most vocal Republican critic not named Trump.

Chris Donaldson

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