Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has pitted himself against the federal administration, and this time it is over immigration policy. The Governor said that the recent murder in Jacksonville could have been prevented if the immigration policy was stricter and the Southern border more secure.
The murder involves a 24-year-old immigrant from Honduras who got in claiming he was an unaccompanied minor when he entered the country. This status prevented him from being deported immediately as he claimed he was 17 years old.
Police say that the suspect stabbed to death the father who had sheltered him and even given him a job at their convenience store.
Ron Desantis Claims Federal Policies Have Endangered Florida Residents
Ron DeSantis said at a news conference that the President’s immigration guidelines have exposed the people of Florida to potential criminals coming in from neighboring countries. Local and state officials do not even know their true identity and their correct age.
Representative John Rutherford, who in the past has been critical of federal flights entering Jacksonville with unaccompanied minors crossing into the borders, also joined Ron DeSantis in attacking the federal administration over this issue.
He alleged that the Biden-Harris government was in a way responsible for the murder. He said that federal administrative policies have allowed criminal aliens and gang members to cross the border into the US and kill our citizens, as happened in Jacksonville.
Ron DeSantis’s tirade was immediately opposed by the Southern Poverty Law Center which said that he was targeting migrant communities across the state and targeting children, using them as an excuse to promote xenophobic and anti-immigrant agenda.
Ron DeSantis has initiated several legislative proposals that he believes will deter organizations and businesses from cooperating with the federal administration on illegal immigration across the Mexican border.
DeSantis believes that such reforms will hopefully protect the residents of Florida. He hoped that these reforms will disincentive folks from facilitating the federal policies.
Anne Anderson, an attorney associated with the SPLC said that housing the children in facilities would not create an emergency in the state, and DeSantis’s proposed rule was only an attempt at skirting legal requirements.