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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office issued a statement Wednesday telling illegal aliens who’ve been ferried to Washington, D.C., to cease and desist from their plans to travel to Florida, warning them that “life will not be easy for you” in the Sunshine State.
The statement came hours after a busload of illegal immigrants who were shipped from Texas arrived in Washington, D.C. As previously reported, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has launched a program whereby illegals who cross into his state are given the voluntary option to be ferried directly to the doorsteps of the Biden administration.
But in an interview with Newsmax conducted following the bus’s arrival Wednesday morning, the illegal aliens revealed that they were actually grateful for the trip to D.C., because it made it easier for them to travel to their final destination: Florida.
“They said that they know that they’re a prop in all of this, but wanted to come anyway because this allows them to get a ticket to where they’re going. Some of these migrants told me they want to go on to Miami, they’re very excited to be here, they feel welcomed,” according to Newsmax.
As the federal government continues to turn a blind eye to the border crisis, Texas will remain steadfast in our efforts to fill in the gaps & keep Texans safe.
We should not have to bear the burden of Biden’s failure to secure our border.
A second bus is en route. pic.twitter.com/LpttNUscFk
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 14, 2022
Texas Governor @GregAbbott_TX carries out his pledge to transport illegal migrants to Washington, DC. The bus pulled up right in front of the building that houses @FoxNews , @NBCNews and @cspan pic.twitter.com/KsrP04LSuw
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) April 13, 2022
When DeSantis learned of this, his office responded with a warning.
“To those who have entered the country illegally, fair warning: do not come to Florida. Life will not be easy for you, because we are obligated to uphold the immigration laws of this country, even if our federal government and other states won’t,” the Executive Office of the Governor of Florida said to Fox News.
“Florida is not a sanctuary state, and our social programs are designed to serve the citizens of our state. The governor will protect the sovereignty of the state of Florida.”
The governor’s office also slammed the Biden administration for incentivizing illegal migration.
“If you have come here illegally, you have been done a great disservice by the Biden Administration. They have encouraged you to make dangerous treks, oftentimes at great physical distress to you and your family. Sometimes, this has even meant putting your fate into the hands of dangerous coyotes and human traffickers,” the office said.
“There is a legal process to obtain full American citizenship, which is an essential part of the promise of America. In Florida, we will uphold the law,” the statement concluded.
The White House also responded to the illegal aliens being dropped off in D.C. During Wednesday’s daily briefing, White House press secretary Jen Psaki snarkily thanked Gov. Abbott for helping the illegals “get to their final destination.”
“Well, these are all migrants who have been processed by CBP and are free to travel. So it’s nice the state of Texas is helping them get to their final destination as they await their outcome of their immigration proceedings,” she said.
The only catch in all this is that the illegal aliens who were shipped to D.C. courtesy of Texas Gov. Abbott will have to make their own way to Florida.
Also, DeSantis has been vowing to ship illegals to President Joe Biden’s home state of Delaware, so if the migrants from Texas are caught in Florida, chances are they’ll wind up directly in the president’s personal backyard.
In fact, both he and Abbott had announced their intention to ship illegals to Delaware and D.C., respectively, exactly a week prior to the bus arriving on Wednesday.
“To help local officials whose communities are being overwhelmed by hordes of illegal immigrants who are being dropped off by the Biden administration, Texas is providing charter buses to send these illegal immigrants who have been dropped off by the administration to Washington, D.C.,” Abbott had said on April 7th.
“We are sending them to the United States capital, where the Biden administration will be able to more immediately address the needs of the people that they are allowing to come across our border. To get that going, I’m going to sign a letter to chief Nim Kidd with the Texas Division of Emergency Management, who will be in charge of this operation,” he said.
During a press conference of his own, DeSantis had said, “If [President Joe] Biden is dumping people, which he has dumped people, they fly them in at 2 in the morning. They haven’t done it lately, but they did it many months ago. We now have money where we can reroute them to sanctuary states like Delaware. And we’re going to do that, to make sure we’re keeping people safe here.”
DeSantis to bus illegal immigrants dumped in Florida to Biden’s home state https://t.co/6q334WMfxX
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) April 7, 2022
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