Another state is taking steps to do what the Biden administration has yet to: secure the U.S.–Mexico border.
The Washington Examiner reports that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has announced he will be sending law enforcement personnel from the Sunshine State to a pair of southern border states in an effort to help them handle the ongoing immigration crisis.
Answering the call
Last week, the Republican governors of both Texas and Arizona — Greg Abbott and Doug Ducey, respectively — had asked their counterparts in other states to send back-up as their own law enforcement officials struggle to manage an influx of migrants at the border.
“Given the staggering number of violations now occurring in Texas and Arizona, additional manpower is needed from any state that can spare it,” Abbott and Ducey wrote in a joint statement, according to the Examiner. “With your help, we can apprehend more of these perpetrators of state and federal crimes, before they can cause problems in your state.”
DeSantis announced Wednesday afternoon that he would be answering the call.
“We are the first state to commit support for this effort in response to the request that was submitted by the governors of Texas and Arizona, and we’re proud to lead, yet again, on issues that matter to Floridians,” the governor said.
“Florida has your back,” he added, according to Breitbart.
“Steepening the problems”
Later in his Wednesday talk, DeSantis talked about some of the problems that Florida, and particularly its northern region, has faced as a result of the crisis at the southern U.S. border. DeSantis said that drugs are near the top of that list.
“If you go back 10 to 20 years ago, you find these places where they’d be cooking this stuff up locally. That’s not what’s happening now,” DeSantis explained, according to the Examiner.
“It’s almost all coming across the southern border, and it’s been accelerating for the last six months, and it’s steepening the problems that we’re having in terms of getting a handle on this in our own communities here in the state of Florida,” the governor said.
DeSantis is now asking other states to follow his lead.
It remains unclear, however, how many governors will be willing to step up where the White House still has not.