Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has dropped the hammer on Democrat President Joe Biden today with an emergency order to stop the federal government from sending secret flights of migrants to Florida.
The governor’s plan will make it impossible for facilities who accept the migrants from getting licensed in Florida.
DeSantis and the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), will issue an “emergency order” that will block the renewal of state licenses to DCF facilities if they are currently housing illegal migrant children Biden flew to Florida.
DeSantis spokeswoman Christina Pushaw said: “The mission of the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is to protect the health, safety, and well-being of Floridians, especially children.
“To this end, DCF licenses facilities that house children whose families are unable to care for them.
“As a state agency, DCF serves the people of Florida.
“Diverting resources away from kids in need in Florida, to illegal aliens being smuggled here by the Biden Administration for clandestine resettlement, does not serve the people of our state.
“Under the new emergency rule, the federal government’s resettlement of illegal aliens from outside Florida does not constitute evidence of need as required for issuance or renewal of a state license for a child-care facility.
“Therefore, no licenses shall be issued or renewed with respect to any child-care agency that provides services to illegal aliens transported to Florida from outside our state.
“We hope this action will serve as a deterrent to the Biden Administration’s massive human-smuggling operation, while protecting Florida’s most vulnerable kids.
“Governor DeSantis will continue to use his lawful authority to stand up for Floridians in the face of the Biden Administration’s dereliction of its duty to enforce our country’s immigration laws.
“The rule does provide that a license might be granted for a state facility housing unaccompanied minors only if the State of Florida and the federal government were to enter a cooperative agreement requiring the Biden Administration to consult with Florida’s state government in advance of any resettlement operation.
“Given the level of secrecy and refusal to share information about illegal alien resettlement that we have experienced thus far from the Biden Administration, it is fair to assume that such an agreement would be very unlikely.
“Moreover, the State of Florida has no obligation to enter or renew any agreement with the U.S. Government to allow resettlement of unaccompanied minors in Florida,” she said.
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