The campaign of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis 2024 released a video previewing the Republican presidential hopeful’s release of his border security policy on Monday — promising that his administration will ‘stop the invasion’ of the southern border.
“We will secure the border. We will stop the cartels. We will build the wall. We will stop the invasion,” the video said. “There’s no excuse.”
The video describes the border as a “complete disaster” and describes how “dangerous criminals and deadly drugs are pouring into the country.”
“Every day, Americans are less safe,” the video says, pointing to the record number of arrests of people on the terror watch list, as well as the large amounts of fentanyl seized.
“Every year it just keeps getting worse.”
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DeSantis will formally unveil his policy in Eagle Pass, Texas on Monday — an area that has seen some of the heaviest migrant traffic during the migrant crisis, which erupted in 2021.
The policy launch will mark the governor’s first formal policy launch. In advance, the campaign released new merchandise – emblazoned with slogans including “Build The Wall. No Excuses.”
Fighting illegal immigration is expected to be a top priority for DeSantis, who has made several anti-illegal immigration moves as governor of the Sunshine State. Earlier this year, he signed a sweeping anti-illegal immigration bill that mandated the use of E-Verify by employers, increased penalties for human and drug smuggling — and barred local jurisdictions from -issuance of IDs to illegal immigrants.
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He has controversially sent illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, and most recently California as part of an illegal immigrant relocation program. He recently secured a $24 million increase in funding for that program.
Florida also responded to a request for help from Texas Governor Greg Abbott by sending law enforcement — including National Guard troops — to the border, as well as drones and other resources.
As a presidential candidate, DeSantis has promised to close the border and declare a national emergency if elected and continue building the border wall, end Biden-era policies and restore the “Remain-in- Mexico”.
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“We’re going to close the border. We’re going to build a border wall, we’re going to end mass migration, and we’re going to hold the Mexican drug cartels accountable,” he said last month.
DeSantis visited the border earlier this month, received briefings and toured incomplete sections of the border wall — and last week he announced a national 90-sheriff coalition will join forces to protect communities against impact of the crisis.
The development comes as the border crisis continues, with more than 204,000 encounters in May, although the Biden administration has said a sharp decline in encounters since it put policies in line with ending the Title 42 public health order on May 11 .
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Republicans continue to hammer the administration for what they call “catch-and-release” policies while rolling back Trump-era policies. Florida recently successfully challenged a DHS policy to release migrants into the interior without court dates in overcrowding cases. That policy is currently blocked while the case continues.
The administration has criticized the lawsuits for targeting its policies, and has called on Congress to pass a sweeping immigration bill to fix what it says is a “broken” system — but that legislation has yet to catch on. significant Republican support.