DeSantis declares state of emergency over southern border crisis

The Daily Caller reports that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has just declared a state of emergency in response to the southern border crisis and the effect that it is having on his state.

Florida is among those states that have been hit hardest by the illegal immigration that has resulted from President Joe Biden’s lax immigration policies.

Background

Recently, Florida has been experiencing another surge of illegal migrants.

During a period from Jan. 3 to Jan. 5, for example, the state witnessed at least 345 illegal immigrants enter Florida via boat. And, before that, during New Year’s weekend, some 500 illegal immigrants docked in the Florida Keys.

Florida, of course, is vulnerable because of the fact that it is surrounded on many sides by water. Reports indicate that, between August 2022 and January 2023, the state has witnessed over 8,000 illegal immigrants gain access via the waters that surround Florida.

DeSantis’s emergency order is in response to this problem.

DeSantis’s order

The order can be read in its entirety here. DeSantis, in it, blames the Biden administration for not securing the southern border and for not putting a stop to the illegal immigration that the country has been witnessing.

“The lawlessness at the Southwest Border continues unabated and the Biden Administration has repeatedly demonstrated its ineptitude at managing the crisis it created,” DeSantis writes.

DeSantis goes on to explain, in part, that the order is needed because:

. . . such a mass migration of unauthorized aliens, including the associated abandonment of vessels, without appropriate support from the federal government, has created an unmanageable strain on local resources and will continue to overburden the capabilities of local governments throughout the state.

Background

Illegal immigration has been taking place at an astronomical rate under Biden’s leadership.

Fox News reports:

There were more than 2.3 million migrant encounters in FY 2022 alone, topping the then-historic 1.7 million encountered in FY 2021. So far in FY 2023, which began in October, the first two months have outpaced the same period last year — with 233,740 encounters in November, compared to 174,845 in 2021 and 73,994 in 2020.

Biden, after some Democrat allies started complaining about the southern border crisis, has announced a plan to address the problem. He is also taking a trip to the southern border for the first time in order to see the problem firsthand.

Critics remain skeptical about whether Biden will actually work to fix the southern border crisis.

Biden is already trying to lower expectations. He recently tweeted, “Our problems at the border didn’t arise overnight. And they won’t be solved overnight.”

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