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Governor takes aim at ‘Biden Border Crisis’

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday announced three significant actions Florida is taking to address the “Biden Border Crisis.”

He announced that Florida has formed a strike force of state and local law enforcement to interdict human smuggling, human trafficking, and to seize illegal weapons being transported through the state.

Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at Fridays press conference in Pensacola about 22Bidens Border Crisis.22
Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at Fridays press conference in Pensacola about “Biden’s Border Crisis.”

Second, DeSantis has filed a petition with the Florida Supreme Court to impanel a statewide grand jury to examine international human smuggling networks that bring aliens to the southern border, and ultimately to Florida. Several human smugglers have been apprehended in Sumter County in recent months.

Four people from Guatamala and Mexico were in a car stopped in Sumter County driven by a human smuggling suspect
Four people, from Guatemala and Mexico, were in a car stopped in Sumter County driven by a human smuggling suspect. The arrest was made last year on Interstate 75

Third, DeSantis signed Senate Bill 1808, sweeping legislation he proposed to further protect Floridians from the Biden Border Crisis.

“Illegal aliens are being smuggled across the border in record numbers, which the reckless policies of the Biden administration facilitate,” said DeSantis. “Today, Florida has taken additional action to protect our state from the effects of what is a full-fledged border crisis.”

Attorney General Ashley Moody, who made an appearance this week in Wildwood, joined DeSantis in the effort.

“As a mother, protecting children is close to my heart,” said Moody. “We cannot turn a blind eye to traffickers and smugglers exploiting the border crisis to subject children to extremely dangerous conditions.” 

The strike force, made up of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Florida Highway Patrol, and sheriffs, is working together to conduct operations throughout the State of Florida to interdict human smuggling and human trafficking, drug smuggling and drug trafficking, as well as to seize illegal weapons. In the span of just three days, in Northwest Florida, law enforcement interdicted five illegal aliens from Honduras and two from El Salvador who were arrested and charged with human smuggling or solicitation to commit human smuggling. The strike force also recovered almost four grams of fentanyl, which is enough to kill nearly 2,000 Floridians.

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