Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) on Tuesday took several major steps to push back against the open-border policies of the Biden Administration and strengthen immigration enforcement in the state of Florida, according to Axios.
Governor DeSantis issued a sweeping executive order directing state agencies to not cooperate with federal immigration authorities if they attempt to import illegal aliens into the state of Florida. Furthermore, he gave broad authority to state agencies that allows them to collect information on any illegals who enter the state, as well as to stop and search vehicles that they “reasonably believe” could be transporting illegals.
In addition to the order, the DeSantis Administration filed a lawsuit the same day against the Biden Administration. The lawsuit specifically targets the decision by the Biden White House to allow illegals to still come into the country even as they are awaiting their court hearings, which is in direct violation of the “Remain in Mexico” policy that was first enacted by the Trump Administration and upheld by the Supreme Court.
Speaking Tuesday about the actions taken by his administration, Governor DeSantis said that “if you look at what’s happening at the southern border, it is a total disaster.”
“This executive order,” DeSantis continued, “makes it clear that Florida resources will not be used to prop up the failed open border agenda enacted by this administration.”
DeSantis’s actions follow the latest surge in illegal aliens at the southern border, when over 15,000 illegals, many from the island nation of Haiti, crossed the border and camped out under the Del Rio International Bridge in Texas. As the illegals waited for federal authorities to take them into custody, knowing that they would eventually be released into the country, they lived in third-world conditions and allowed diseases to spread rapidly among them.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas eventually confirmed that around 12,000 Haitians were ultimately released into the country’s interior, and that at least 20% of these illegals carried some sort of disease with them, without specifying which ailments they carried.