Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is warning migrants not to come to Florida after a busload of migrants that was dropped off at the U.S. Capitol said they were planning to go to Miami.
A bus carrying 23 migrants from Texas unloaded at the foot of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday morning, as part of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s new plan to counter federal immigration policies amid an ongoing border crisis.
The migrants said they are planning to travel to Miami, Florida. The transportation provided by the Texas Department of Emergency Management ended in D.C.and will not be continuing on to Florida, so migrants would have to find their own transportation.
However, DeSantis is concerned that the migrants are planning to head to the Sunshine State, with his executive office issuing a clear message: “Do not come.”
“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 in a statement.
“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 statement continued.
The governor’s office also accused the Biden administration of putting migrant’s physical health at risk by encouraging them to “make dangerous treks” and putting their lives in the hands of human smugglers.
“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.”
“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 Texas Division of Emergency Management said it dispatched buses over the weekend to border communities, adding that each bus can accomodate 40 migrants released in Texas and transport them to Washington, D.C.
“As the federal government continues to turn a blind eye to the border crisis, the State of Texas will remain steadfast in our efforts to fill in the gaps and keep Texans safe,” Abbot said.
“By busing migrants to Washington, D.C., the Biden Administration will be able to more immediately meet the needs of the people they are allowing to cross our border,” Abbott said Wednesday. “Texas should not have to bear the burden of the Biden Administration’s failure to secure our border.”
Abbott’s office confirmed that a second migrant bus is currently on the way to D.C.