(Dmytro “Henry” Aleksandrov, Headline USA) Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency over the migration crisis because there are so many illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and also because these illegals arrive on the state’s shores by boat.
In the official declaration, DeSantis designated the Director of the Division of Emergency Management as the State Coordinating Officer for the time of emergency, who will be able to use resources to combat this problem, according to the Post Millennial.
As his reason for the state of emergency, DeSantis mentioned the Joe Biden administration not doing anything to fix the problem on the southern border and, therefore, allowing a state of “lawlessness.”
He also included some shocking information — the local officials had interdicted approximately 8,042 illegal migrants since Aug. 2022 in Florida’s territorial waters alone.
DeSantis also brought up the time when about 300 illegal migrants unlawfully entered the Dry Tortugas National Park in the Florida Keys on Sunday, New Year’s Day. He also added that additional 45 illegals entered the park on Thursday.
In a press release, DeSantis continued to criticize Biden’s absence of immigration policy.
“As the negative impacts of Biden’s lawless immigration policies continue unabated, the burden of the Biden administration’s failure falls on local law enforcement who lack the resources to deal with the crisis,” DeSantis said.
“That is why I am activating the National Guard and directing state resources to help alleviate the strain on local resources. When Biden continues to ignore his legal responsibilities, we will step in to support our communities.”
A statement continued to criticize Biden and his administration, calling their response to the crisis “inept.”
“The State of Florida will deploy air assets, including airplanes and helicopters from the Florida National Guard, and will bolster Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission marine patrol to support water interdictions and ensure the safety of migrants attempting to reach Florida through the Florida Straits,” according to the statement.