Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday announced that he is deploying resources, including law enforcement and drones, from state agencies to Texas to help with the ongoing migrant crisis, saying his state is “ready to help” Texas in its efforts to secure the border.
“The impacts of Biden’s Border Crisis are felt by communities across the nation, and the federal government’s abdication of duty undermines the sovereignty of our country and the rule of law,” DeSantis said in a statement.
“At my direction, state agencies including law enforcement and the Florida National Guard are being deployed to Texas, with assets including personnel, boats and planes. While Biden ignores the crisis he created, Florida stands ready to help Texas respond to this crisis,” he said.
Attention has shot back to the border in recent days with the ending of the Title 42 public health order last week, which allowed for the rapid expulsion of migrants at the border. Numbers of migrants surged ahead of the ending of the order, with encounters of more than 10,000 migrants a day. Those numbers have dropped since the ending of the order, but it remains to be seen if they will pick up again as the summer months near.
Florida secured a major court victory hours before the ending of the order when it obtained a two-week restraining order on the Biden administration’s attempts to release migrants into the U.S. on “parole with conditions.” The state successfully argued that the policy was “materially identical” to a “Parole + ATD” policy that was struck down in March in response to litigation from Florida.
DeSantis, in remarks earlier Tuesday, highlighted the court ruling as one instance of the pressure the Sunshine State is placing on the Biden administration.
“With respect to this border issue, we’ve gotten injunctions on them doing mass releases, and we’re staying on them … because it’s a really important issue to actually have sovereignty in our country and have the rule of law upheld,” he told a crowd at Broward County’s Lighthouse Point.
“We’ve also, as a state, from really the beginning of the Biden administration, been leaning in on the issue, including helping Texas in the past, and we’ve offered a number of assets, boats, planes and personnel to help now. And so we stand by ready to help with that because I think what you’re seeing is going to be really, really bad, potentially very shortly,” he said.