DeSantis says Biden flying border migrants to Florida is 'human smuggling operation'

Governor's office reports over 70 such flights since this past summer

Updated: December 14, 2021 - 9:40am

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Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday heightened his criticism of President Biden's immigration policy, saying that dozens of night-time flights in recent months bringing migrants to Jacksonville from the southern U.S. border is tantamount to a "human smuggling operation."

DeSantis' office reports over 70 such flights since this past summer.

"A few weeks ago, one of those people that Biden dumped ended up committing a murder in northeast Florida," DeSantis told the Fox News Channel. "So, these are crimes that would not have happened but for Biden’s recklessness."

The governor suggested he wants to transfer the migrants in his state to Biden's home state of Delaware. 

"We have $8 million in my new budget to be able to do that," he said. 

"We also look to these [airline] carriers that the federal government is contracting with, and we are going to pass legislation that says, 'If you are facilitating Biden's policies, which is effectively a mass human smuggling operation, you are not going to be able to do business with the state of Florida or other local governments.

"And we are going to charge you restitution for each individual that you are bringing.' "