DeSantis, Moody announce suit against Biden
Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody were in Fort Myers last Tuesday to announce a lawsuit by the State of Florida against the administration of President Joe Biden challenging the administration’s handling of illegal immigration.
DeSantis also announced a wide-sweeping executive order to tackle the issue of illegal immigration with a number of actions including the prohibition of state agencies from facilitating any settlement of immigrants who did not enter the country through existing federal policies into Florida and blocking the housing of the children of those who have entered the country unlawfully.
DeSantis also announced the appointment of Public Safety Czar Larry Keefe, a former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, to oversee the enforcement of the executive order.
DeSantis and Moody both spoke at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, while flanked by Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno.
DeSantis said the lawsuit against Biden was over his “unlawful and destructive catch-and-release policy.” DeSantis said he has contacted the administration to request that those he described as “illegal aliens” not be settled in Florida.
The governor also announced an executive order which prohibited state agencies that report to DeSantis from cooperating with any federal efforts to transport or settle such immigrants in Florida.
“We are not going to be a party to this lawlessness,” DeSantis said.
DeSantis said the state was drawing a “red line” against the Biden immigration policy, which he stated had released tens of thousands of those taken in custody at the border trying to enter illegally. DeSantis cited an increasing number of monthly land border encounters reported by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection — more than doubling from February to August, to more than 200,000 for the month.
DeSantis also directed the Department of Children and Family Services to determine if Florida should grant licenses to facilities which house “unaccompanied alien minors” whom he also called “illegal alien children.”
“We have to put Florida children first,” DeSantis said.
The executive order further calls for the auditing of companies to check on their compliance of verifying “they are only employing lawful individuals.”
The executive order would additionally empower the Florida Highway Patrol to detain vehicles that are believed to be participating in human trafficking of illegal immigrants based on “reasonable suspicion.”
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody accused the Biden administration of not processing those being stopped at the Southwest border in accordance federal law.
“No one is above the law,” Moody said. “We are seeing dramatic effects at our border. It is an unmitigated crisis based on this president’s refusal to follow federal law.”
Moody said “It’s not a president’s responsibility to decide if he agrees with the law.”