Florida Governor Ron DeSantis called President Joe Biden’s response to immigration “inept,” saying the Biden administration “failed to provide the resources necessary to respond to the current mass migration event” as he activated the state’s National Guard on Friday amid an influx of migrants in the Florida Keys.
The order from DeSantis also instructs state law enforcement agencies and other state agencies to support local governments in South Florida as they deal with the rise in migrant landings.
The responsibility for the Biden administration’s failure falls on local law enforcement because they do not have the resources to handle the problem, according to DeSantis, as the detrimental effects of his administration’s criminal immigration policies continue unabatedly. “To lessen the burden on local resources, I am mobilizing the National Guard and diverting state resources. We will intervene to protect our neighborhoods if Biden doesn’t uphold his legal obligations.”
On Thursday in the Florida Keys, Border Patrol agents intercepted 90 Cuban migrants. On Sunday, about 300 migrants entered Dry Tortugas National Park, while 45 more migrants arrived in Key West.
Since August 2022, more than 8,000 migrants have been met by federal, state, and local law enforcement in the waters off the coast of Florida, according to DeSantis.
DeSantis said, “Florida has a long history of assisting refugees, including Cubans and others fleeing communist regimes, find support after they arrive in the United States; however, this has always involved support from the federal government and a significant, coordinated effort between state, federal, and local governments.”
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