President Joe Biden and his administration’s gross mishandling of the immigration crisis at the southern U.S. border has already triggered a response from a number of Republican governors in the form of lawsuits aimed at contesting many of the new policies that have led to an explosive increase in illegal immigration.
According to the Washington Examiner, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is leading the charge, as his state filed a lawsuit recently against the Biden administration over its “reckless policy” of how it’s releasing hordes of illegal immigrants into America. DeSantis explained the lawsuit during a Sunday morning appearance on Fox News.
“This is a reckless policy that we are opposing here,” DeSantis said. “Normally, when we’d have a criminal alien, convicted of a felony, they obviously served their sentence in Florida state prison. And prior to the Joe Biden administration, ICE would take control of them when they finish their sentence and remove the criminal alien and send them back to the home country.”
Filed in March, Florida’s lawsuit targeting the Biden administration’s new policies focuses on the drastic change to how criminal illegal aliens are handled in the justice system — namely the fact that most of them are no longer allowed to be deported.
The governor went on to point out that detainers issued by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) are no longer being honored and instead of being deported back to their home countries, as was the case during much of former President Donald Trump’s term in the White House, they’re instead being turned loose into American towns and cities.
DeSantis made clear that the lawsuit is an effort to force the Biden administration to follow Constitutional law.
“These are the most threatening folks. They are criminal convicted aliens. And they are not even doing that. You cannot totally default on your responsibility to enforce the law under the Constitution,” DeSantis said to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody echoed DeSantis’ concerns, calling the new policies “reckless” while adding that turning convicted, criminal illegal immigrants loose in Florida poses a safety threat to its residents.
Only time will tell whether or not the Florida lawsuit will see any success or effect meaningful change on Biden’s radical new policies, but at the very least, it’s a first step that needs to be taken. Hopefully, other Republican governors will follow suit.