Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis shredded President Biden’s horrid immigration policies on Sunday, saying that he created a “huge catastrophe at the southern border” after “dismantling” former President Trump’s policies.
DeSantis argued that Biden’s border disaster will have “reverberations all across the country,” during the Sunday interview with Maria Bartiromo.
“What Donald Trump did worked,” DeSantis stressed. “I think from really top to bottom… Biden has failed on dealing with illegal immigration and rule of law,” he added.
President Biden has scrapped a number of former President Trump’s immigration policies, which included construction of the border wall and having asylum seekers remain in Mexico instead of staying in the U.S. while they wait for their cases to be heard.
The moves have led to a record surge in migrants, including unaccompanied minors, that has strained capacity at immigration facilities in recent weeks.
“When you talk about the issues of releasing convicted criminal aliens into American communities, there’s unfortunately going to be additional victims and that is just totally unacceptable,” DeSantis told Bartiromo on Sunday.
DeSantis was referencing the lawsuit filed by Florida’s attorney general last month to halt Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) guidance that narrows the illegal immigrants prioritized for arrest and deportation.
The complaint and motion for a preliminary injunction targets recent ICE guidance that would restrict officers to focus on three narrow categories for arrest and deportation: those who pose a threat to national security, those who have crossed the border since Nov. 1, and those who committed “aggravated felonies.”
Administration officials said the guidance does not explicitly prevent anyone from being arrested or deported. Instead, it directs resources at certain targets. However, field officers seeking to arrest someone outside of those three categories would need approval from their chain of command. It is expected to lead to a significant decrease in arrests and deportations.
DeSantis slammed the Biden administration for “no longer honoring ICE detainers,” arguing that “you can’t just totally default on your responsibility to enforce the law under the Constitution.”
“Normally when we have a criminal alien convicted of a felony, they obviously serve their sentence in Florida state prison and prior to Joe Biden’s administration, ICE would take control of them when they finish their sentence and they’d remove the criminal alien and send them back to their home country,” DeSantis said.
“That should be like clockwork. That is the biggest no-brainer there is.”
“Instead, under Biden’s administration, they’re no longer honoring these ICE detainers, they’re withdrawing the detainers so you have a criminal alien that is convicted, maybe they served five years in state prison for a serious felony, ICE is effectively releasing them back into our communities,” he continued, stressing that “some of those people will reoffend.”
He went on to say that “any additional offense, by definition is something that could have been prevented had they just followed the law so the lawsuit seeks to have them actually follow the law, follow the Constitution.”
DeSantis then said, “You will hear excuses for why they don’t enforce immigration laws in certain instances, ‘Oh prosecutorial discretion, focus on the most threats.’”
“These are the most threatening folks,” he stressed. “They are criminal convicted aliens and they’re [the Biden administration is] not even doing that so you cannot totally default on your responsibility to enforce the law under the Constitution.”
President Biden, over the weekend described the recent surge of illegal immigrants along the southern border as a crisis for the first time.
Biden was asked by a reporter in Delaware about his policy on refugee admissions.
“We’re going to increase the number [of refugees allowed into the country]. The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people,” Biden said in response. “We couldn’t do two things at once. But now we are going to increase the number.”
There has been a public-relations battle on the language surrounding the unprecedented surge at the southern border since Biden took office.
Republicans have pressed Biden and White House officials to refer to the situation as a crisis, while his surrogates have refused to do so, preferring to call it a “challenge.” Some news outlets, including The Associated Press, have told their editors and reporters not to refer to the surge as a “crisis” in an effort to protect the Democrat’s image.
Data provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) showed that agents have apprehended 172,000 illegal aliens along the border in March, leading Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, to say it is “the biggest surge that we’ve ever seen in the history of the Border Patrol.”
Author: Harrison Thomas