Governor DeSantis Confirms He Will Shortly Sign a Bill To Reroute Illegal Immigrants From Florida to ‘Sanctuary States’

Toby Hazlewood

Continuing tension between DeSantis and Biden

On June 9 Florida's Governor Ron DeSantis shared his intentions regarding the potential arrival of immigrants in Florida who have crossed the southern border with Mexico into the U.S. and are being redistributed across the country by the federal government.

Gov. DeSantis shared that he intends to sign bill SB 1808 into Florida law from July 1, which will enforce penalties for contractors bringing immigrants to the state.

Under the bill, it's also the governor's intention that the immigrants will be rerouted to President Biden's home state of Delaware and other so-called 'sanctuary states' around the United States. Bill SB1808 was approved back in March during the state's legislative season but has yet to be endorsed by the governor.

What relevance is the Mexican border to Florida?

Commenting on the issue and the factors that have led to the immigration crisis, it was clear that Governor DeSantis puts the blame on President Biden and his actions and decisions:

"You see there's a massive, massive caravan that's coming towards the southern border right now. And what is Biden doing? He's fumbling around on late-night TV shows, and he needs to get in the game here, and he needs to defend our country's sovereignty because that's gonna absolutely (get) overwhelmed — not just Texas — but it’s gonna overwhelm a lot of other communities throughout the United States of America."

It's clear that the governor sees the influx of immigrants into the U.S. as an issue not just for states bordering Mexico, but also for Florida where he recently announced a focus on trying to tackle the crisis of fentanyl use within the state. In May, the governor signed bill HB95 - the controlled substances bill which it's hoped will assist in preventing the flow of the opioid and synthetic variants of it, into the United States.

The governor's ongoing assault on the Biden administration

This isn't the first time this week that the governor has expressed his dissatisfaction with the federal government and recent decisions by the Biden administration.

Earlier this week, Gov. DeSantis referenced a recent threat by the federal government to withdraw funding for school meals for low-income kids if schools in Florida continue not to address topics of gender and sexuality within classrooms in line with recent legislative changes in the state.

Commenting on the threat by the Biden administration, the governor's Press Secretary Christina Pushaw described the move as "appalling". She went on to use even more severe terms:

"We will not allow Biden to force Floridians to choose between children’s food and parents’ rights. That is the kind of ‘decision' that a totalitarian regime would force upon its citizenry."

The ongoing tension between the governor and the president seems unlikely to ease. Governor DeSantis' recent decision to use a new law to reroute migrants from Florida to Delaware is likely to just add fuel to the fire.

What do you think about the governor's intention to use a new law to reroute immigrants away from Florida? Should he be adopting a more humanitarian approach, or is he right to protect Florida's borders? Let me know in the comments section below.

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