Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Wednesday, June 16, that he will send state agents to the Arizona and Texas borders to support his peers in dealing with the immigration crisis that, among other things, has seen an increase in human trafficking and smuggling of dangerous drugs, Fox News reported.
Governors Doug Ducey (R-Ariz.) of and Greg Abbott (R-Ariz.,) requested all available law enforcement resources from other states to combat the crisis caused by the Biden administration’s open borders that not only caused serious security problems for Americans, but human trafficking and drug smuggling has skyrocketed.
“I’m proud to announce today that the state of Florida is answering the call. Florida has your back,” DeSantis announced.
In a press release, the Texas governor remarked on the major scourge of drugs coming across the border, particularly some synthetic drugs made in China that are more lethal than heroin.
“Lives are at stake as dangerous drugs like fentanyl pour into our communities at an astonishing rate, and we must act now to crack down on this proliferation of this deadly drug,” Abbott said.
“From Tarrant County to Lubbock County, fentanyl is wreaking havoc in our communities, and it is essential for parents, family members, schools, and more to get fully engaged to prevent future fentanyl deaths. President Biden’s open border policies have led to a surge in this deadly drug coming into our communities,” he added.
Governor Abbott indicated his intentions to sign a law criminalizing the manufacture or distribution of fentanyl to discourage trafficking in his state.
For his part, DeSantis also criticized President Biden for reversing Trump-era policies that were made to secure the border, protect Americans and decrease illegal immigration.
The governor assigned personnel from 12 different groups to be sent to the Texas and Arizona borders. They include the Florida Motor Patrol, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and sheriff’s offices in nine counties.
The officers will spend at least 16 days performing a variety of tasks in those states.
Governor DeSantis’ quick response is a way of thanking other states that have helped Florida when it needed it, he explained at a press conference.
“The states have sent Florida support when we’ve responded to emergencies here in our state and they wanted support so that they could do what the federal government is either unwilling or unable to do: secure the border and protect the people, not just of their states, but of the entire country,” DeSantis said.
While the White House denies that its policies have exacerbated the immigration crisis, consistent statements by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas that the welfare of immigrants is this administration’s number one priority seems to belie the White House.
“Our highest priority is to reunite these families. As we so powerfully saw, these are young people in their formative years. These are sometimes children as young as 3 years old. We are addressing the needs and vulnerabilities, not only of the children, but of course, their mothers, their fathers, the people that make up these families,” Mayorkas said in early May.