DeSantis Tells Biden Admin To Stop Resettling Illegal Immigrants In Florida And Send Them Elsewhere

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is urging the Biden administration to halt the resettlement of illegal immigrants in the state — and to either send them back or relocate them to states that support “flouting of our immigration laws.”

The Republican governor penned a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Alejandro Mayorkas criticizing the administration for what he deemed as its “lack of action” in enforcing immigration laws or protecting Floridians from the continuing release of dangerous criminal immigrants.

“While Floridians are working to ensure that criminal aliens are not released back into our communities, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appears to be hard at work resettling ever larger numbers of illegal aliens who have no lawful status under federal immigration law from the southwest border to Florida,” DeSantis said in his letter.

In July, more than 212,000 migrants were apprehended at the US-Mexico border and while the Biden administration is removing mostly single adults under Title 42 public health safeguards, reports said it is not removing unaccompanied children or certain migrant families. 

With the dismantling of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) by the Biden administration, many migrants are being processed and released into the United States with notices to appear in court or at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office. As their hearings progress,  many of them often travel to places where they may already have relatives.

DeSantis cited data from the Florida Border Patrol, revealing that 59,691 immigrants were issued a notice to appear in court or an order of recognizance in July alone, while 6,254 unaccompanied children have been released to sponsors in Florida as of June this fiscal year.

The Florida governor, who is among the Republican governors opposing the Biden administration’s immigration policies  and blamed them for causing the border surge, told Mayorkas not to relocate migrants in the Sunshine State.

“I ask that DHS immediately cease any further resettlement of illegal aliens in Florida and that the aliens instead be removed from the United States or resettled in states that support the administration’s continued flouting of our immigration laws,” DeSantis said.

“Floridians welcome responsible immigration that serves the interests of Florida and the American people, but we cannot abide the lawlessness that your department is aiding and abetting on the southwest border,” he added in his letter. 

According to a statement from the Department of Homeland Security, single people and families are still deported under Title 42. Those who are refused entry into Mexico are taken to an ICE facility and issued a notice to appear or a notice to report to an ICE office.

Border Patrol agents would then gather biometric and biographic information – fingerprints, photographs, phone numbers, and a United States address – and conduct a background check to identify criminals or individuals who represent a public safety concern, according to the spokesman.

“Those who do not report, like anyone who is in our country without legal status, are subject to removal by ICE,” it added.

DeSantis said he is “under no delusion” that the request would be granted, but he wanted to prove a point that “the states, not the federal government,” bear the weight of the Biden administration’s “lawless immigration policies.”

In his letter, the GOP governor also sought information on the number of illegal immigrants apprehended at the border, including unaccompanied children, who have been resettled in Florida by DHS since January, as well as their information, of how many have received the COVID-19 vaccine, and how many have failed to appear for their proceedings.

The Biden administration recently met a major legal blow when the Supreme Court refused to suspend a federal judge’s order that the government reinstall the Migrant Protection Protocols. The Department of Homeland Security has already earlier said that it will comply with the court’s ruling. 

In July, a report from Axios, said about 50,000 migrants who were caught crossing the US-Mexico border illegally have been released into the US with no court dates and just directions to return to an ICE office.

Steeve Strange

Steeve is the CEO & Co-Founder of The Scoop.

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