Florida Governor Ron DeSantis filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration on Tuesday on behalf of the state, alleging that the “ideological” Biden White House is pursuing a “destructive and illegal” catch-and-release border strategy that exposes Florida’s citizens.
DeSantis termed the Biden administration’s approach, which has resulted in a record number of illegal alien confrontations with US Customs and Border Protection in recent months — and more than 1 million encounters by 2021 — a “total disaster” Tuesday afternoon in Fort Meyers.
He singled out the Biden administration’s unofficial “catch-and-release” policy, which enables apprehended illegal aliens seeking asylum to remain in the United States until their applications are reviewed in an immigration court — which can take months. This strategy contradicts the Trump administration’s proposal, which called for prospective asylum applicants to wait in Mexico while their claims were evaluated.
According to DeSantis, Biden’s approach intentionally allowed unscreened illegal aliens to enter Florida.
“I think this is intentional, I think this is ideological,” DeSantis said at the conference Tuesday. “They want a massive illegal migration into this country.”
“It’s very clear the open borders is the Biden Administration policy. They want a massive, illegal migration into this country,” DeSantis added. “They are farming out people all across communities across the United States, including here in Florida.”
“This is absolutely a crisis. It’s a crisis of the administration’s own making,” he said. “This continued release of folks on a very mass scale and unprecedented scale will saddle states and local governments with health, financial, economic, and public safety costs.”
DeSantis is also taking local action.
On Tuesday, in addition to filing suit against the Biden administration, the Florida governor “also issued an executive order that prohibits all Florida agencies under his purview from facilitating illegal immigration into Florida, unless otherwise required by federal or state law, and requires the collection of information from state officials on the scope and costs of illegal immigration in Florida,” according to a local Miami NBC affiliate.