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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, one of a handful of Republican governors fighting back against the Biden administration’s diktats, has declared full-scale war against the administration’s importing of illegal aliens into the U.S., particularly into Florida.
Republican governors have of course declared war on the importing of illegal aliens for years, going back to the Obama administration. The difference this time around is the Florida governor’s unique, unprecedented strategy.
Speaking on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” late Friday, he said that instead of targeting the president, he intends to specifically target the people who are “facilitating” the president’s agenda.
“Any of these contractors that are facilitating Biden’s illegal policies by bringing people into Florida — oftentimes flying in at two o’clock in the morning with no notice to the state — anyone who’s doing that forfeits the ability to have contracts with state and local government in the state of Florida,” he said.
“And they’re going to be responsible for providing restitution to the state of Florida for every single person that they bring, because when they dump somebody, a lot of costs end up being borne by the state in the future whether, that’s education health care whether that’s the criminal justice system,” he added.
The “costs” have also included lives: Two months ago, a 24-year-old illegal alien who’d been granted entry into the U.S. by pretending to be an unaccompanied minor murdered 46-year-old Francisco Javier Cuellar.
WATCH: Gov. DeSantis is blaming President Biden’s immigration policies for a murder in Northeast Florida. @DanielleCBS12 has the controversy: https://t.co/7L1AFU4apk pic.twitter.com/GcesiImv9C
— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) November 11, 2021
“So we’re very concerned about doing that, and we want to basically say, this is not the right decision to be making to be facilitating what is basically an illegal human smuggling operation,” DeSantis continued.
Contractors won’t be the only ones on the hook. So will non-profits.
“We’re not going to be giving licenses to [non-profits] who are actively helping Biden do this. And so we want people focusing on our own citizens. A lot of people do a lot of great work. We’ve got a lot of people in our state that need help, and we can’t just have people who are from foreign countries displacing the needs of our own people,” he said.
Host Tucker Carlson responded to the governor’s announcement by warning that his plans will likely “enrage” the Biden administration.
“Do you anticipate some kind of legal conflict with them?” he then asked.
The governor responded by basically saying been there, done that.
“We’re already in legal conflict with them,” he said.
And, more importantly, he’s already winning.
The failure to secure our nation’s border is affecting communities across our state & nation. Today, I outlined additional proposals for consideration in the next legislative session that will protect Florida from the Biden Admin’s reckless border policies https://t.co/1yRVgUtoym pic.twitter.com/8KZkxNfUcb
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) December 10, 2021
“I will say, they have already switched from what they had been doing as a result of our lawsuit. They had been giving people a notice to report. You come illegally, they give you a sheet of paper, they say hey call us and schedule a hearing sometime with no consequences. Well, obviously that is toothless,” DeSantis said.
“They now have shifted to doing what’s called the notice to appear,” he added, noting that a failed appearance automatically makes an illegal eligible for deportation.
Not that he expects this administration to actually deport.
Still, he continued, it’s imperative that more states take action against the administration “if they’re not doing their job, if they’re forfeiting their responsibilities,.”
“You can’t just run away from that and say you’re not going to do nothing. The easiest thing for me to do would just be to put out tweets, put out press releases, you know, complain about it. But I think people want to say let’s do something about it, so I think we’re going to have some success,” he said.
“I think there’ll obviously be some some things we’re going to have to overcome in the courts or whatnot, but that’s fine. I’d rather be fighting to get things done than to just forfeit before we even play the game,” the governor concluded.
It’s this Trumpian willingness to challenge the establishment that has no many keen on seeing him run for president in 2024, assuming of course that former President Donald Trump’s doesn’t seek reelection.
While DeSantis didn’t mention it during his Fox News interview, he’s also sued the Biden administration over its OSHA vaccine mandate.
‘Enough!’ Biden administration hit with multiple lawsuits challenging vaccine mandate https://t.co/MzzPeigNPU pic.twitter.com/oUmllZQydX
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 5, 2021
“The State of Florida will immediately challenge the OSHA rule in court because it’s inconsistent with the Constitution and not legally authorized through Congressional statutes. There is no federal police power and the federal government cannot unilaterally impose medical policy under the guise of workplace regulation,” he announced in early November.
“Individuals should make informed choices about their own healthcare. It is important to stand up for people’s individual ability to make decisions for themselves. And the practical result is that this is going to exacerbate a lot of the existing problems that we are seeing with the economy,” he added.
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