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DeSantis pledges to send ‘discarded’ illegal immigrants to Florida in Biden’s home state of Delaware

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said Wednesday he would send illegal immigrants who are “dumped” in the Sunshine State to sanctuary states like President Biden’s home state of Delaware, which he represented for more than 35 years in the United States Senate.

DeSantis’ remarks came after he signed the No Patient Left Alone Act on Wednesday in Naples, Fla., and began discussing the Biden administration’s termination of the Title 42 health policy, which has given the administration the ability to bar people from entering the country during a health crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ron DeSantis, Governor of Florida, speaks at CPAC in Orlando, Florida, U.S., Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022.
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“What we’re doing in Florida is saying, ‘We’re not going to let the recklessness of these policies impact our state,'” DeSantis told those in attendance. “If companies or contractors are dumping illegal people into Florida from South Texas, you know, we’re going to go after their ability to do business in Florida.

“If Biden is dumping people, which he’s been dumping, they’re flying them in at two in the morning,” DeSantis continued. “They haven’t done it lately, but they did it several months ago. Now we have the money to redirect them to sanctuary states like Delaware – and we’re going to do it – for us make sure we keep people safe here.”

This isn’t the first time DeSantis has mentioned sending illegal immigrants from Florida to Delaware. Last November, DeSantis said dozens of migrant flights landed in Florida at the request of the Biden administration, and he then threatened to send them to Delaware on buses.

DeSantis pledges to send ‘discarded’ illegal immigrants to Florida in Biden’s home state of Delaware

A Border Patrol agent apprehends illegal immigrants shortly after crossing the border from Mexico into the United States Monday, March 26, 2018 in the Rio Grande Valley area near McAllen, Texas.

“If they have to come here, we’ll provide buses,” DeSantis said of the migrants on the flights. “I’m going to send them to Delaware and do it.”

“If he doesn’t support border security, then there should be everyone there,” he added.


The Sunshine State Republican’s comments on Wednesday came after Texas Governor Greg Abbott promised to send freed illegal immigrants to his state to the US Capitol in Washington DC.

The state, according to Abbott, will provide charter buses to drop off the migrants — many of whom have been released from small Texas communities that officials say are overwhelmed — in Washington.

DeSantis pledges to send ‘discarded’ illegal immigrants to Florida in Biden’s home state of Delaware

Texas Governor Greg Abbott during a press conference at the Texas State Capitol in Austin on Monday, May 18, 2020.
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“We are sending them to the United States Capitol where the Biden administration can more immediately respond to the needs of the people it allows to cross our border,” Abbott said.

Fox News did not receive an immediate response from the White House.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano and Adam Shaw contributed to this article.

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