Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday announced that he is deploying resources, including law enforcement and drones, from state agencies to Texas to help with the ongoing migrant crisis, saying his state is “ready to help” Texas in its efforts to secure the border.
“The impacts of Biden’s Border Crisis are felt by communities across the nation, and the federal government’s abdication of duty undermines the sovereignty of our country and the rule of law,” DeSantis said in a statement.
“At my direction, state agencies including law enforcement and the Florida National Guard are being deployed to Texas, with assets including personnel, boats and planes. While Biden ignores the crisis he created, Florida stands ready to help Texas respond to this crisis,” he said.
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The governor’s office said Florida has more than 1,100 assets and resources available to assist, including 101 Highway Patrol personnel, 200 Department of Law Enforcement officers, 800 National Guard soldiers, emergency management personnel, 17 unmanned drones and 10 vessels, including airboats.
The resources are being made through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, which allows states to assist each other in times of emergency – Texas and Florida are both part of that agreement. DeSantis had previously aided both Texas and Arizona with law enforcement support at the beginning of the migrant crisis in 2021.
Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson Chris Olivarez wrote in response, “We welcome the support from the state of Florida as they will provide additional law enforcement resources to help combat criminal activity & interdict deadly narcotics.”
Attention has shot back to the border in recent days with the ending of the Title 42 public health order last week, which allowed for the rapid expulsion of migrants at the border. Numbers of migrants surged ahead of the ending of the order, with encounters of more than 10,000 migrants a day. Those numbers have dropped since the ending of the order, but it remains to be seen if they will pick up again as the summer months near.
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Florida secured a major court victory hours before the end of the order when it obtained a two-week restraining order on the Biden administration’s attempts to release migrants into the US on “parole with conditions.” The state successfully argued that the policy was “materially identical” to a “Parole + ATD” policy that was struck down in March in response to litigation from Florida.
The Biden administration has called the latest order “sabotage” and has denied that it is engaging in any sort of “mass release” of migrants – even as it said in a court filing this week that authorities released more than 6,000 migrants in a single day .
DeSantis has also flown migrants to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts and recently signed a bill that cracks down on illegal immigration in the state – which includes making it a felony to transport an illegal immigrant and mandating that businesses verify the immigration statuses of their workers.
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DeSantis, in remarks earlier Tuesday, highlighted the court ruling as one example of the pressure the Sunshine State is placing on the Biden administration.
“With respect to this border issue, we’ve gotten injunctions on them doing mass releases, and we’re staying on them … because it’s a really important issue to actually have sovereignty in our country and have the rule of law upheld,” he told a crowd at Broward County’s Lighthouse Point.
“We’ve also, as a state, from really the beginning of the Biden administration, been learning in on the issue, including helping Texas in the past, and we’ve offered a number of assets, boats, planes and personnel to help now. And so we stand by ready to help with that because I think what you’re seeing is going to be really, really bad, potentially very shortly,” he said.
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DeSantis was speaking as he signed bills to crack down on human trafficking in the state, including SB 7064, which combats the problem and supports victims, and SB 1690, which requires hotels to follow current human trafficking awareness laws and enhances protections for young children. He also signed HB 1465 to strengthen criminal penalties.
Fox News’ Julia Musto contributed to this report.