DeSantis’s comments followed a report this week that a number of migrants dropped off in Washington, D.C. intend to travel to Miami.
“To those who have entered the country illegally, fair warning: do not come to Florida,” the Executive Office of the Governor of Florida told Fox News in a statement.
“Life will not be easy for you, because we are obligated to uphold the immigration laws of this country, even if our federal government and other states won’t. Do not come.”
Florida is “not a sanctuary state,” DeSantis continued, and “our social programs are designed to serve the citizens of our state. The governor will protect the sovereignty of the state of Florida.”
DeSantis also blasted the Biden administration for allowing thousands of migrants to “make dangerous treks” towards the border and put their lives in the hands of human smugglers.
“If you have come here illegally, you have been done a great disservice by the Biden administration,” he said.
“They have encouraged you to make dangerous treks, oftentimes at great physical distress to you and your family. Sometimes, this has even meant putting your fate into the hands of dangerous coyotes and human traffickers,” DeSantis said.
The first migrant bus sent from Texas arrived in D.C. this week, with more than two dozen illegal immigrants who had been detained and released by federal officials on board. The group included 19 males and four females and three small children.
Texas officials said they will continue to ship migrants to D.C. until the Biden administration finally cracks down on the border crisis.
“As the federal government continues to turn a blind eye to the border crisis, the State of Texas will remain steadfast in our efforts to fill in the gaps and keep Texans safe,” Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement on Wednesday.