A Republican responsible for implementing state laws and overseeing the Floridian executive branch blames partisan politics for causing a border crisis.
Gov. Ron DeSantis believes thousands of foreigners illegally entered the country because President Joe Biden reversed his predecessor’s policy not to detain unlawful immigrants in the United States.
“It starts with him [President Biden,] of course, dismantling Trump’s policies to stop the flow of the illegal migrants across the southern border,” DeSantis said in a video shared on YouTube. “What Donald Trump did worked; it was working. Joe Biden dismantled that, and now you have a huge catastrophe at the southern border.”
The governor is concerned about speculation the Biden administration postponed both official and press visits to the southern border because officials do not want to admit the Democratic Party’s policy of keeping illegal aliens in the United States failed.
“That is going to have reverberations all across our country,” he said. “I think from really top to bottom Biden has failed on dealing with illegal immigration and rule of law.”
The Republican suggested President Biden should have put fellow Americans at the top of his agenda because public safety is likely to worsen due to the incumbent’s inability to admit fault.
“When you talk about the issues of releasing convicted criminal aliens into American communities, there is, unfortunately, going to be additional victims,” he said. “That is just totally unacceptable.”
The Biden administration will even extend illegal aliens greater freedom of movement than U.S. citizens, who could have to carry a so-called vaccine passport before traveling.
“They are totally fine with people with no identification [and,] of course, no COVID (CCP Virus) testing getting on airplanes—which you or I would not be able to do—and getting them to fly around,” DeSantis said. “It is really, really curious that that would be the decision they would make.”
The governor predicts illegal aliens will take advantage of federally funded flights to settle down in cities that already limit or deny cooperation with federal immigration authorities when requesting information about criminals in custody.
“These sanctuary jurisdictions are likely where they would end up anyway,” he said. “I think when folks come illegally they tend to gravitate towards some of those left-wing sanctuary jurisdictions because they know they basically will get off scot-free if they are in a sanctuary city.”
He applauded the Sunshine State for prohibiting cities from declaring themselves as sanctuaries.
“Florida banned the sanctuary cities; it was the right thing to do,” he said.
As previously reported, former President Trump banned the Department of Justice (DOJ) from awarding sanctuary cities any Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants, following a favorable federal appeals court ruling.
New York City’s 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals allowed the previous Trump administration to block the funding, effectively overruling an earlier judgment from the New York Southern District Court that prevented the administration from withholding grant money back in 2017.
Sanctuary cities would not receive any grant funding unless they fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities when information was requested about criminals in custody. They were also ineligible to receive future grants until they complied.
The grant provided nearly $53 million to sanctuary states in the 2019 financial year, according to a statement from Sen. Marsha Blackburn’s (R-Tenn.) office.
The DOJ accepted the appeals court’s decision.