DeSantis calls for federal funding for private companies to transport migrants out of Florida


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Friday requested $ 8 million in federal funding to contract with private transport companies to transfer migrants out of state.

DeSantis’ request is part of a series of legislative reform proposals he wants to pass to resist the immigration policies of President Joe Biden and to tackle “Biden’s border crisis,” he said.

“One of the priorities we have been working on for many months now, and will continue to work with the Legislature upon its return, is to deal with the fallout from the Biden administration’s reckless border policies,” DeSantis said. . Friday at a press conference in Jacksonville.

The Republican governor suggested sending migrants to “Delaware or Martha’s Vineyard or some of those places. This border would be secured the next day.”

Its anti-immigration plan also prohibits state or local agencies from working with entities that help resettle “illegal aliens in Florida.” In addition, the governor proposed to order prisons and courts to collect information on immigration status at the time of arrests and convictions.

He also wants to improve Florida’s E-Verify procedures by making the state’s Department of Economic Opportunities “an eligible agency to complete the application.”

“We are going to provide the resources, we are going to provide the money so that we can get what we [want]. What we don’t want is to entice people to come to the state illegally, ”the governor said on Friday.

No details have been released on how proposed immigration reforms will be implemented in the state, including how undocumented migrants will be tracked and then transported out of Florida.

For the proposed program to come into effect, the legislator must first approve the funding and the details of the operation, according to the Miami Herald.

DeSantis also proposed improving Florida’s Sanctuary Cities Act, which prohibits entrepreneurs involved in what he described as illegal immigration from doing business in the state.

“We simply cannot enter into contracts with companies that knowingly and recklessly facilitate bringing people here to our state illegally,” he said. He added that those “involved in facilitating illegal migration to Florida” will be required to pay restitution.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is asking for $ 8 million in federal funding to transport migrants out of state. Above, DeSantis speaks at a press conference on August 5 in Hialeah, Florida.
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“We will make sure that if a local jurisdiction does not assist state law enforcement in our investigation of whether someone has been brought here illegally, that constitutes sanctuary policy,” said the governor.

The program proposed by DeSantis has elicited mixed opinions from lawmakers. According to HeraldState Representative Anna Eskamani, a Democrat, said the requested budget is “basically $ 8 million for her political campaign. There are serious human rights issues. Are you going to put someone in? car and drive it to Delaware? … State officials are not trained in any type of immigration law enforcement. “

U.S. Representative John Rutherford, a Republican from Florida, praised DeSantis’ proposal and said he was “grateful” that the governor “is putting the safety of Floridians first and fighting the agenda. ‘opening of Biden’s borders’.

“This southern border crisis is not the result of failed policy by the Biden administration – it is its policy. Decision to move illegal immigrants to Jacksonville threatens the lives of people here in the Northeast from Florida. Enough is enough, “said Rutherford. , according to a statement released Friday by the governor’s office.


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