Republican Governor Refuses To Let Biden Wreck His State

It’s about time Republican leaders stand up in defiance against the Biden administration, especially after their border policies have caused the worst immigration crisis this country has ever seen.

In addition to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who has bravely stepped and bypassed the federal government in defending his state against illegal immigrants, Florida’s Ron DeSantis is making similarly bold moves.

On Tuesday, Governor DeSantis announce Florida is suing the Biden administration over its “illegal” catch-and-release policies at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The lawsuit says the administration’s policies force Florida to “incur millions of dollars in expenses” as a result of migrants being relocated to the state.

“This is absolutely a crisis, it’s a crisis of the administration’s own making,” DeSantis said during a late-morning press conference. “Yes, this is their primary responsibility, the federal government, but the states, we are the ones that are affected by this. And we have to be able to fight back.

Border Patrol reported 213,354 migrant encounters in July and 208,887 in August. Experts warn the numbers could continue to climb under the Biden administration.

The governor said Florida takes issue with the Biden administration refusing to explain how many migrants have been relocated to Florida, and whether they have tested positive for COVID-19 or have criminal backgrounds.

“We are entitled to know what’s going on here,” DeSantis said.

The suit was filed in the Pensacola Division of the Northern District of Florida. The defendants in the suit are the Department of Homeland Security, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), as well as Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, top officials from ICE, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

“The Biden administration’s illegal border policies cause Florida harm,” the lawsuit states.

You can read the entire lawsuit here.

U.S. code 1225 stipulates that individuals caught crossing the border illegally are required to be detained until a decision is made as to whether they are to be admitted to the country. The rule even applies to people seeking asylum — an immigration judge would determine if they are entitled to asylum before release into the U.S.

The only exception to the rule is the federal government’s “parole authority” to be used only for “urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit.”

Florida’s lawsuit alleges the Biden administration’s immigration policy is either in violation of these rules, or simply an abuse of their parole authority.

However, DeSantis faces an uphill battle in seeking victory over Biden’s team of lawyers both in the Attorneys General office and Department of Homeland Security. Additional Republican leaders must take similar brave actions if they wish to make a dent in Biden’s harmful open border policies that threaten national security and ensure guarantee rising crime rates.

Author: Elizabeth Tierney