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DeSantis eyes program to transport more migrants from Florida: memo

While they did not specify the details of the program or any related proposals, they acknowledged that the initiative stemmed from a surge in maritime migrants entering the United States via the Florida Keys.

Published: February 3, 2023 3:44pm

Updated: February 3, 2023 4:00pm

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis will reportedly use a special session of the state legislature next week to push for an "Unauthorized Alien Transport Program" to expand on the practice of transporting illegal migrants to pro-migration, left-wing strongholds.

House Speaker Paul Renner (R-Palm Coast) and Senate President Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples) sent separate memos to lawmakers outlining the agenda, according to Politico.

While they did not specify the details of the program or any related proposals, they acknowledged that the initiative stemmed from a surge in maritime migrants entering the United States via the Florida Keys. The governor activated the Florida National Guard earlier this month to aid federal authorities in tackling the surge.

A draft budget proposal indicates that DeSantis seeks to expand the program to allow him to transport migrants from any state, not just Florida.

"The Legislature finds that the U.S. Government has failed to secure the nation’s border and has allowed a surge of unauthorized aliens to enter the United States in violation of the law," the draft reads. "This crisis has brought detrimental effects including crime, drug trafficking and smuggling, diminished economic opportunities and wages for American workers, and burdens on the education and healthcare system."

"The federal government has proven itself unwilling to address this crisis. To mitigate the effects of this crisis on the state of Florida, there is hereby created the Unauthorized Alien Transport Program within the Department of Transportation for the purpose of facilitating the transport of inspected unauthorized aliens, within the United States, consistent with federal law," it continues.

DeSantis made headlines last year after flying migrants to the upper crust, left-wing bastion of Martha's Vineyard, from which authorities quickly removed them.

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