Elected Republicans in Florida are not allowing the border policies of the Biden administration to destroy their state.
The Florida House of Representatives voted to give Florida Governor Ron DeSantis more power to relocate illegal migrants to any state in the country.
The bill establishes the Unauthorized Alien Transport Program — and allocates $10 million to it.
The bill now heads to DeSantis’ desk where he is expected to sign the bill.
Florida lawmakers have approved an expansion of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ relocation program for illegal immigrants, handing him the authority to transport such individuals from anywhere to anywhere in the country, including to blue states.
In a special session, Florida’s House of Representatives voted along party lines on Feb. 10 to expand DeSantis’ effort to relocate unauthorized immigrants located in any state to any jurisdiction in the United States.
The bill establishes the Unauthorized Alien Transport Program within the Division of Emergency Management, expanding on a program DeSantis enacted last year that enabled officials to fly illegal immigrants to blue states that have sanctuary policies in place.
Besides explicitly granting DeSantis the transport powers, the bill also allocates $10 million for the program, while also stating that money spent in the past on immigrant relocation efforts are “deemed approved.” This bolsters the governor’s position in the face of possible legal challenges.
The sponsor of the bill, GOP Senator Blaise Ingoglia said, “the state of Florida is not, and never will be, a sanctuary state. It’s time for those sanctuary cities to put their money where their mouth is.”
The bill’s Senate sponsor, Republican Sen. Blaise Ingoglia, said it will only transport migrants who voluntarily want to go to sanctuary cities and states.
“The federal government has not only failed but refused to take any action to deal with the over 200% increase in encounters at the border,” said State Sen. Blaise Ingoglia (R- Spring Hill). “In fact, this administration has taken steps to make the problem worse. The state of Florida is not, and never will be, a sanctuary state. It’s time for those sanctuary cities to put their money where their mouth is.”
Every red state should follow suit!