Justin Bullock, FISM News
Following a letter sent by Republican Governors Doug Ducey of Arizona and Greg Abbott of Texas to governors all across the country asking for assistance with the immigration crisis at the US-Mexico border, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is the first governor to pledge aid. During a press conference on Wednesday and through a statement posted on the state’s website, DeSantis promised financial aid to both Arizona and Texas as well as man power from Florida’s law enforcement officers. DeSantis said,
America’s border security crisis impacts every state and every American. The Biden Administration ended policies implemented by President Trump that were curbing illegal immigration, securing our border, and keeping Americans safe. Governors Abbott and Ducey recently sent out a call for help to every state in the nation, needing additional law enforcement manpower and other resources to aid with border security. I’m proud to announce today that the state of Florida is answering the call. Florida has your back.
Florida’s Attorney General Ashley Moody echoed Governor DeSantis’s comments,
As Attorney General, I am dedicated to ending human trafficking, protecting our children from sexual predators, and fighting the opioid crisis now claiming 21 lives a day in our state, but President Biden is hurting, not helping us achieve these vital public safety goals. The crisis the President created at our southern border makes all of us less safe, and I am proud to stand with Governor DeSantis as he tries to fix the President’s disaster at the border to protect Floridians.
Arizona Doug Ducey originally posted the letter asking for aid on Twitter and outlined the quickly growing challenges in a thread,
The # of illegal border crossings this fiscal year is already the most since 2006. This is a crisis, our law enforcement professionals need help.
— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) June 10, 2021
Republicans have blasted President Biden and Vice President Harris in recent days for their inaction with respect to the border crisis, as well as their failure to officially visit the border and meet with officials on the ground. As a result, Governors Abbott and Ducey are turning to their fellow governors in an attempt to resolve the crisis. Governor Abbott has already pledged $250 million of Texas funds in order to construct a border wall. The various states will be coordinating activities through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact and Governor DeSantis’s statement detailed how it would work,
The Florida Division of Emergency Management is coordinating this deployment of the law enforcement officers under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). The Emergency Management Assistance Compact is a national mutual aid system that allows states to share resources from all disciplines, protect personnel who deploy, and be reimbursed for mission related costs.
DeSantis went on to say at his press conference,
We’re here today because we have problems in Florida that are not organic to Florida, that we’ve been forced to deal with over many years, but particularly over the last six months because of the failure of the Biden administration to secure our southern border and indeed to really do anything constructive about what is going on in the southern border.