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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is thinking outside of the box and floated some hard-hitting ideas to fight the mass dumping of illegal immigrants within the Sunshine State by the Biden administration.
While speaking as a guest Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Monday the governor justifiably complained about flights the administration has been executing and referred in particular to the disturbing case of Yery Noel Medina Ulloa.
Ulloa was arrested in Jacksonville, Florida, in October. He was charged with murdering Francisco Javier Cuellar, a father of four, after posing as a minor and being let into the country. DeSantis pinned much of the blame on Biden: “If Biden had not been doing that, if he’d been doing his job, that individual would be alive today.”
The murder of Cuellar had sparked the ire of the governor’s office, which has commented extensively on the case, calling the slaying “horrific.” Ulloa, 23, had gotten into the nation by (falsely) claiming to be an unaccompanied minor.
The governor’s office also claimed that the flights dumping illegal immigrants are quite numerous – more than 70 since the end of summer. DeSantis told show host Tucker Carlson that the drops typically operate at “one or two or three in the morning” in order to be as inconspicuous as possible. The governor also said that the missions are completely “unannounced” and that with “no notice” he has no ability to veto or block the flights.
While most of the governor’s ire was focused on the late-night runs, DeSantis told Carlson it wasn’t the only tool the Biden administration uses to ensure that illegals are dropped off throughout the state:
“The feds, of course, control the airspace and they’re there on the ground. They take these folks and then they send them to other parts of Florida by bus or other parts of the southeast.”
DeSantis said he intends to take the battle to the middlemen hired by the Biden administration: private contractors who conduct the drops. DeSantis revealed his plan to target the contractors to Carlson:
“We’re looking at what we can do. I think that they use these private contractors. So what we’re looking at is how can we fight back against the contractors? We can obviously deny them state contracts, which we will do. Can we deny them access to Florida’s market generally? Can we tax them? Can we do things to provide disincentives so they can’t do it? So we’re going to do whatever we can to do it. But we are going to go after some of these contractors because they are bringing in people that are causing burdens on us and, as we’ve said, tragically caused someone to lose their life.”
Whether or not this will be able to meaningfully halt the policy of secret mass dumping of illegal immigrants (and then usually losing track of them) remains to be seen, however.