DeSantis Steps Up to Prevent Catastrophe

Matt Johnson from Omaha, Nebraska, United States, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

On Tuesday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) revealed that Florida state agencies would be “sending help” to Texas to help handle the border crisis.

In his recent statement, he noted that officers from several state agencies, including the Florida National Guard and law enforcement would be deployed to Texas. He added that this was a crisis that President Biden continued to ignore, but that Florida was going to help Texas respond to.

According to the update, 1,100 troopers, officers, soldiers, and other personnel would be sent to the U.S.-Mexico border. Apart from them, there would also be five fixed-wing aircraft, more than a dozen drones, and other resources sent to Texas to assist with the crisis.

Last week, Title 42, a COVID-19 immigration policy that allowed U.S. border officials to expel asylum-seeking migrants without having to go through the court process expired. Following its expiration, many were worried about a surge in migration as the country would revert back to Title 8, the pre-pandemic migrant process.

However, the expected surge has not yet occurred, with a decrease in the number of encounters being noted following the end of the measure. Biden administration officials also pointed out that the anticipated influx in encounters following the end of Title 42 did not occur.

On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced that his state would continue the busing operations and would transport 18,500 migrants to D.C., New York City, Chicago, and Philadelphia. Abbott proceeded to thank Florida for the assistance and called for other governors to also join the efforts to protect the southern border.