DeSantis Slams Biden For Planned Domestic Travel Ban While Allowing Illegal Aliens Into US Without COVID Test
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis blasted Democratic President Joe Biden for reportedly giving illegal aliens free passes to enter the US without being tested for COVID-19, while ironically mulling the possibility of domestic travel restrictions between states to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.
The Republican governor said on Sunday that the Biden administration targeting Florida for the alleged travel ban is “unconstitutional” and would amount to a “political attack against Florida.”
“Florida schools have been open the whole school year. Every parent in Florida has the right to send their child to in-person instruction, every worker has a right to work and earn a living and put food on the table, and every business has a right to operate,” DeSantis said over the weekend.
“Consequently, our state is doing very well compared to these other states in terms of education and economy. But we also have 26 other states and the District of Columbia that have higher per capita COVID mortality than we do. We have 28 states that have higher per capita cases than we do for the bulk of the pandemic,” he added.
“If you look right now, states that are always held up by people in Biden’s administration, like New York, have way higher per capita patients hospitalized for COVID right now. So, there’s no basis in medical, there’s no basis in economics, there’s no basis in reality to do this, except to punish a state that is doing it better than what his experts have recommended.”
DeSantis Slams Biden Hypocrisy
When asked for comment about recent reports that the Biden administration has been allowing illegal aliens into the country without COVID-19 screenings, DeSantis dismissed it as “all political.”
“So, he’s opening the border. He’s letting illegals pour in. They’re not doing any COVID tests. They’re just coming into the communities,” DeSantis said.
“We have no idea what type of COVID or other things [they] may be carrying, but yet he wants to potentially make you take a test if you just get on an airplane and fly from one American city to the next, or he wants to prevent travel to the state of Florida?”
“This stinks to high heaven. It is a huge contradiction. And you can’t square wanting [to] open … borders for illegal aliens, but then also restricting U.S. citizens from basically traveling around the country as they see fit,” DeSantis added.
“I think the American people see the hypocrisy in that.”
Last week, The Miami Herald said the administration of Democratic President Biden is mulling whether to impose domestic travel restrictions, including on Florida.
DeSantis said he will “not allow Floridians to be unfairly targeted for political purposes.”
The recent report that the Biden administration is considering restricting the travel of Floridians is completely absurd, especially when Biden allows illegal aliens to pour across our southern border. We won’t allow Floridians to be unfairly targeted for political purposes. pic.twitter.com/h47AVuof50
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) February 11, 2021
Rubio calls domestic travel ban “all political”
Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida also blasted the Biden administration over the alleged domestic travel restrictions calling the plan “unconstitutional” and a “political attack” on Florida.
“So now that they’re considering actual restrictions on Americans inside the country, I think it is unconstitutional,” the Florida senator said. “I think it’s going to be challenged in court successfully.”
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 12, 2021
DeSantis has refused to implement any more lockdowns in the Sunshine State over the coronavirus — citing the progress in Florida cases compared to last summer when the state has seen spiking caseloads. The Republican governor also argued that “states that are always held up by people in Biden’s administration, like New York, have way higher per capita patients hospitalized for COVID right now.”
“Biden is a lockdowner, his advisers are lockdowners. Lockdowns don’t work. We’ve demonstrated that,” he added, noting that Florida is “not turning back” and the current administration “will not be able to get away with targeting Florida.”