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In a response to problems stemming from Joe Biden’s new immigration policies, Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis is issuing an executive order, and aims to stop the flow of illegal immigrants coming into a Florida after illegally crossing the southern border, according to The Daily Wire.
Executive Order 21-223 was announced by the DeSantis Administration, and it involves immediate enforcement within the state and a lawsuit against the federal government.
All Florida agencies that report to Gov. DeSantis are prohibited from assisting non-citizens who are illegally entering Florida, unless mandated by a federal or state law. Both state and local officials have been ordered to collect information about the financial impact that illegal immigration is having on Florida during this time.
Larry Keefe, who formerly served as the Northern District of Florida’s U.S. Attorney, has been assigned to the position of Public Safety Czar and is responsible for overseeing the new directives and communicating the data acquired to Gov. DeSantis.
Gov. DeSantis and Attorney General Moody announced that Biden’s “catch and release” program will be challenged in court in their lawsuit against the federal government.
DeSantis has reportedly not gotten a response from the Biden Administration on why illegal immigrants were being allowed to enter Florida.
“Although President Biden has been in office for only 251 days, the number of encounters at the Southwest border has skyrocketed from 78,000 in January 2021 to more than 212,000 in July 2021. The 171% increase is alarming and is the highest in more than 20 years,” explained the DeSantis Administration in a statement.
The statement went on to compare the Biden Administration’s policies to that of former President Trump. “Additionally, the number of illegal aliens who were apprehended and subsequently released by the Border Patrol in July alone was a staggering 60,607, a massive increase from the 1,324 in this category who were released in January. By contrast, in the last full month of the Trump Administration, only 17 aliens in this category were released.” read the statement.
DeSantis declared that he is not allowing state-funded agencies to help the federal government transport illegal immigrants into Florida. Warning the federal government, he said; “We’re not going to be a party to this lawlessness, we haven’t to my knowledge, but we’re letting the marker down, know that this is an absolute red line, we’re not going to do it.
Adding; And the order prohibits our agencies from providing assistance to the feds or any other entity for the transportation of folks who are here illegally into Florida from the southwest border.”
DeSantis described the humanitarian crisis that is brewing at the border as “one of the biggest failures of the federal government in my lifetime and it’s a choice, they’re choosing failure by embracing bad policies.”
In press conference, Attorney General Ashley Moody said; “The Biden administration’s brazen disregard for federal immigration law is jeopardizing the safety and security of our state and nation, all while costing Florida taxpayers. Biden’s lax border policy is an open invitation to dangerous criminals, human traffickers and drugs traffickers to enter the United States—creating a crisis at the southern border like we have never seen.”
“Because Biden is not requiring those crossing the border to go through the legally mandated channels, they are coming into our country without being properly processed. The federal government cannot simply ignore federal laws because it does not agree with them politically.” added Moody.
Moody said that the Biden administration is compelled by federal law to maintain an effective immigration policy and that they are asking the courts to help enforce this mandate on Biden.
The new Public Safety Czar, Larry Keefe said at the press conference that in his previous position he “saw illegal aliens that would get deported and come back, and then get deported and come back in an endless cycle. The states, including Florida, bear the brunt of this cycle. Over the coming weeks and months, our state agencies will be addressing the impacts illegal immigration has had on our state.”
He concluded by thanking Gov. DeSantis for the opportunity to help ensure that the expectations of the new executive order are met.