Governor Ron DeSantis tore into President Joe Biden‘s ‘clandestine’ flights reportedly bringing undocumented migrants to Florida and threatened to send those people to Biden’s home state of Delaware during a press conference on Wednesday.
He also condemned Biden’s ‘absurd’ double standard in raising concern over the recent migrant crisis on the border between Poland and Belarus while staying silent on the US’s own southwest border in a separate statement to DailyMail.com.
Reports that migrants are being flown in to Jacksonville, Florida and other US destinations in the middle of the night surfaced last month on the city’s local News 4 Jax.
‘So, here’s what happens with these flights – there’s no notification to the state of Florida. They’re done mostly in the middle of the night, and it’s clandestine, and we really have no say into it,’ DeSantis said on Wednesday.
The Republican governor warned, ‘My view would be, if they’re going to come here, you know, we’ll provide buses and provide them. I will send them to Delaware.’
‘If [Biden’s] not going to support the border being secured, then he should be able to have everyone there.’
He claimed the flights began as early as May and are still continuing.
‘You have an open border in violation of US law. The president has said that basically they even want to pay reparations to people that came illegally,’ he added referencing recent reports that the Biden administration is looking at paying $450,000 to migrants separated at the border under Donald Trump.
The Florida governor said ‘If [Biden’s] not going to support the border being secured, then he should be able to have everyone’ in Delaware
‘The fact of the matter is, this border should be secured. We know what to do because it was working prior to Biden seeking office,’ DeSantis said.
‘But we’re going to work with the folks in Jacksonville.’
Over the last year there have been 1.7 million migrants encountered at the southwest border, a troubling record for an administration that promised a more ‘humane’ approach to the border compared to Trump’s more severe policies.
DeSantis accused Biden (pictured being greeted by Baltimore’s mayor on Wednesday) of a double standard over his reactions to the Belarusian border and the US’s own border crisis
‘Biden has responded by using our tax dollars to subsidize their charter flights and bus rides throughout the US, and to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to illegal migrants who violated our borders under the previous administration,’ DeSantis’ office told DailyMail.com.
DeSantis claimed one of the people on the alleged night flights was a 24-year-old migrant named Yery Noel Medina Ulloa.
Ulloa crossed the border illegally this year and lied to Texas officials about his age, claiming he was just 17.
He was arrested in October for murdering a father of four in Jacksonville, the New York Post first reported.
‘Without the Biden Administration’s open-border policy and consequent record-breaking influx of illegal migration this year, Ulloa might not have been so easily able to stroll across an international border under a fake name posing as a minor,’ DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw told DailyMail.com.
Pushaw said Ulloa ‘arrived on a Biden Administration flight using a fake name and birth date, pretending to be an unaccompanied minor, though he is in fact 24 years old.’
DeSantis also accused Biden of a double standard in his comparably responsive reaction to a burgeoning crisis thousands of miles away in Eastern Europe.
A migrant pushes a shopping cart with his daughter as he walks along a road in a caravan heading to the northern border, in Santo Domingo Zanatepec, Mexico. More than 1.7 million migrants have been encountered at the southern border in the 12 month period ending in October
Irregular migrants continue to wait at the Polish-Belarusian border on November 10, hoping to cross into the European Union. Western countries have accused Belarus’s strongman president of luring desperate people to the area to generate a crisis in retaliation for the EU’s sanctions
A humanitarian crisis has developed between Belarus and the European Union as reports of both Polish and Belarusian soldiers attacking migrants, mostly from Middle Eastern and African countries, emerged along with horrifying videos of bloodshed.
Western governments in the EU and NATO accused Belarusian strongman dictator Alexander Lukashenko of luring migrants to his country and sending them to cross into Poland in retaliation for sanctions. The authoritarian ruler has denied the claims.
After a lengthy meeting with Biden in the Oval Office, EU Commission President Ursula van der Leyer told reporters that she and Biden ‘absolutely share the opinion that this is a hybrid attack of an authoritarian regime to try and de-stabilize Democratic neighbors.’
She also indicated the US would be supportive of the EU widening its existing sanctions against Belarus levied over human rights abuses.
DeSantis’ office accused Biden’s administration of ‘refus[ing] to enforce America’s immigration laws.’
‘It is absurd that Biden can express concern about a border halfway across the world, while he turns a blind eye to the illegal migration crisis in our own backyard.’