Governor Ron Desantis Dispatches Florida’s State Guard To Stop Haitian Migrants

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced the deployment of “over 250 additional officers and soldiers” from the Florida State Guard, Division of Emergency Management, and law enforcement agencies to the state’s southern coast, citing concerns that the political situation in Haiti will spark a new wave of illegal immigration.

President Ariel Henry announced his resignation on Monday as a result of the extreme political unrest and gang violence that has engulfed Haiti. He is currently in Puerto Rico and has not been allowed to return to Haiti since his trip to Kenya on February 29 owing to armed gangs blocking the capital’s main airport.

Gangs are reported to dominate 80% of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. The United States has evacuated non-essential diplomatic personnel and advised American citizens to leave the country.

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, DeSantis stated: “For quite some time, the State of Florida has been allocating enormous resources to battle unlawful vessels arriving in Florida from nations such as Haiti.

“Given the situation in Haiti, I have authorized the Division of Emergency Management, the Florida State Guard, and state law enforcement agencies to deploy over 250 more police and soldiers, as well as more than a dozen air and sea craft, to Florida’s southern shore to safeguard our state.

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“No state has done more to supplement the (under-resourced) U.S. Coast Guard’s interdiction efforts; we cannot have illegal aliens coming to Florida.”

In reference to the situation in Haiti, they stated: “We are certain that economic, political, and security instability are important causes for migration around the world. We are closely monitoring the situation and the routes used by migrants to reach our borders, and irregular migratory flows through the Caribbean are now low.”

Senior administration officials cautioned Tuesday at a House Armed Services Committee meeting that the situation in Haiti might spark another migrant surge into the United States.

When Florida Republican Matt Gaetz asked if the scenario might result in “a mass migration,” Department of Defense spokeswoman Rebecca Zimmerman replied, “We are aware of that possibility,” adding, “The driving conditions in Haiti may very well press more people [to migrate].”

On Friday, a Donald Trump-appointed judge ruled against Texas and 20 other Republican-led states that were contesting a Biden administration program that permits up to 30,000 asylum seekers from Haiti, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela to enter the United States each month.

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