Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis activates the National Guard to deter migrants
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order calling on the National Guard to crack down on migrants sailing to the Sunshine State while he blasts Joe Biden.
DeSantis activated the state National Guard in response to 90 Cuban migrants detained in the past 24 hours after a string of five landfalls in the Florida Keys.
“As the negative impact of Biden’s lawless immigration policies continues unabated, the onus of the Biden administration’s failures rests with local law enforcement agencies, which lack the resources to deal with the crisis,” DeSantis said.
“That’s why I’m activating the National Guard and initiating government resources to ease the strain on local resources. If Biden continues to ignore his legal responsibilities, we will step in to support our communities.
The move comes after at least 500 migrants arrived in Cuba in waves earlier this week due to rising inflation and food shortages.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called on the National Guard to crack down on migrants sailing to the Sunshine State, as hundreds of Cuban immigrants have poured into the state in recent days
DeSantis (above) has criticized the Biden administration for its “failure” to assist local law enforcement, which has been overwhelmed by the influx of migrants
Pictured: Dozens of migrants wait to be cleared at the US Customs and Border Protection station in Florida on Thursday
In its executive order, the DeSantis office said the new influx of migrants has taken its toll on the local Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, which has 194 deputies ill-equipped to handle the hundreds of arriving migrants.
DeSantis said the Biden administration has been “incapable” of providing Florida with the necessary tools to deal with mass migration, so the state National Guard is needed to ease the burden on local law enforcement.
Planes and helicopters will be used by the National Guard to deter migrants whenever possible, but they will also allow those attempting to reach Florida to at least travel safely and avoid casualties.
Officials have expressed fears for the migrants traveling on battered boats after a cruise ship rescued 24 migrants stranded at sea earlier this week.
“Florida has a long history of helping refugees, including Cubans and others fleeing communist regimes, find assistance after they arrive in the United States and local governments,” DeSantis said in the order.
The governor added that law enforcement had encountered more than 8,000 migrants in the waters off the Florida coast since last August.
As the wave of migration continues, at least five landings have taken place in the last 24 hours
At least 90 migrants were caught traveling in battered boats on Friday
After arriving in the Florida Keys, migrants wait at the border station in Marathon
The DeSantis office said more than 8,000 migrants have crossed the border since last August
Economic turmoil, food shortages and rising inflation in Cuba and other parts of the Caribbean are fueling the recent wave of migration.
According to Reuters, about 6,180 Cubans were intercepted at sea by the US Coast Guard in fiscal 2022. The fiscal year ended in September, but about 3,000 more migrants arrived in mid-December.
Meanwhile, 220,000 Cubans have been arrested after fleeing to the US-Mexico border last year.
Over the weekend, 300 migrants arrived in sparsely populated Dry Tortugas National Park, about 70 miles west of Key West.
The Florida National Guard will work to deter migration while ensuring the safety of those traveling in dangerous conditions
A group of Cuban migrants from the city of Matanzas were seen standing in the sun in the middle of Duck Key, Florida
Separately, 160 migrants arrived by boats in other parts of the Florida Keys over the New Year’s weekend, officials said.
On Monday, 30 people were found in two new migrant groups in the Middle Keys.
The park was closed to allow law enforcement and medical personnel to examine the group before relocating them to Key West, the park tweeted.
The new influx of migrants sailing to Florida led the Biden administration to announce the US would turn back Cubans, Haitians and Nicaraguans illegally crossing the waters.
Border patrol officials on the United States’ southern border recorded 233,740 illegal immigrants crossing the border from Mexico in November — a 33 percent increase from 2021
Biden also explained in his Thursday address that mobile apps are now being used to streamline the immigration process.
Migrants applying for asylum must download an app called “CBPOne” and make an appointment outside the country before showing up at any US port of entry, including airports.
Migrants can also use the US probation program to get sponsored by someone inside the country.
They would then go through a background check, Biden explained, and if their application is approved, they would use the same “CBPOne” app and present it at a port of entry.
BIDEN’S PLAN TO COMBAT THE HISTORICAL MIGRANTS CRISIS
- Accept 30,000 migrants from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela every month
- Can come to the US for two years if sponsored, have background checks done, and get a work permit
- Expel migrants from those countries attempting to cross the border illegally and impose a five-year re-entry ban
- Individuals from Mexico and Panama are not eligible for parole in the United States
- Mexico has agreed to take in 30,000 deported migrants from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela every month
- Welcome 20,000 refugees from Latin America and the Caribbean in 2023 and 2024
- Migrants have to make an appointment with a mobile app for appointments at border crossings
- US donates $23 million in humanitarian aid to Mexico and Central America
- Increasing the funds available for border towns and cities that receive an influx of migrants
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