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Governor DeSantis Budget Proposal Includes $8 Million to Remove Illegal Immigrants Relocated to Florida by the Federal Government


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No Republican governor has taken the fight to the Biden federal regime harder than Florida’s Ron DeSantis.

In a move to combat the influx of illegal immigrants from Biden’s disastrous border policy, Governor DeSantis included a measure in his budget to protect Floridians.

The budget proposal includes $8 million to transport illegal immigrants out of Florida.

In a statement directed at Biden, DeSantis suggested sending people illegally living in Florida to Delaware or Martha’s Vineyard.

As FOX News noted:

“In yesterday’s budget, I put in $8 million for us to be able to transport people here illegally out of the state of Florida,” DeSantis said in a Friday press conference. “It’s somewhat tongue in cheek, but it is true, if you sent them to Delaware or Martha’s Vineyard or some of these places, that border would be secure the next day.

The program would be paid for by interest accrued from federal funds, according to the Miami Herald.

“One of the priorities that we’ve been working on for many months now, and we’ll continue to work with the legislature when they get back is dealing with the fallout from the reckless border policies of the Biden administration,” DeSantis said in the press conference.

The plan will be included in DeSantis’ Freedom First Budget, which the governor stated will defend Floridians against the negative fallout of Biden’s border crisis.

From the Freedom First Budget:

The Freedom First Budget includes $8 million to implement a program to assist the state’s
efforts to protect against harms resulting from illegal immigration, and may include the transport of unauthorized aliens located within the state to other states within the United States of America, or the District of Columbia.

Gateway Pundit added:

The proposed destinations were direct shots taken at Biden, who spends the majority of his leisure time in Rehoboth, Delaware, and his former boss, Barack Obama, who owns a multimillion-dollar beachfront mansion in Martha’s Vineyard – obviously neither would be very happy about a wave of illegals coming into their posh hometowns, but they are the ones championing an open border, so DeSantis is calling their bluff.

The Miami Herald provided additional details:

Few details have emerged on exactly how the proposed immigration program would work or how the state would plan to track undocumented immigrants and transport them out of the state. The Florida Legislature would need to approve the funding and the details before such a program can be in operation. The governor’s office has not responded to requests seeking comment on specifics.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the U.S. Treasury Department said that the agency does not pre-approve the specific use of the funds Florida is tapping into to fund the immigration program. But, the spokesperson added, Treasury monitors expenses and expects governments to repay misused funds if they violate the terms of the Interim Final Rule, which dictates the purpose of the federal funds that are being proposed in the budget.

The new proposal adds to an executive order signed in September in which DeSantis enlisted the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to track down flights coming into Jacksonville that he has suggested are full of “potential illegal immigrants” who’ve crossed the U.S. southern border.

FDLE has said the information about the flights has not “developed into a criminal investigation,” but at the news conference on Friday, DeSantis and his public safety czar, Larry Keefe, suggested that the governor’s actions would “protect families” by combating “criminal cartels and smugglers.” The governor told reporters the flights stopped six weeks ago.



 

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