Biden has reversed a number of former President Trump’s immigration policies, including building a border wall and allowing asylum seekers to live in Mexico rather than in the US until their claims are considered. In recent months, a record influx of refugees has been registered, including minors, straining capacity at immigration facilities.
Republican Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis blasted US President Biden’s immigration policies on Sunday, claiming that he “dismantled” some of Trump’s policies and that the result is “a huge catastrophe at the southern border” that would have “reverberations all across our country.”
In an interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures,” the governor said that the “catastrophe” began with Biden “dismantling President Trump’s policies to stop the flow of illegal migrants across the southern border.”
“What Donald Trump did worked, it was working,” DeSantis emphasized. “I think from really top to bottom… Biden has failed on dealing with illegal immigration and rule of law.”
DeSantis also spoke about a lawsuit brought last month by Florida’s attorney general to stop Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) guidance that narrows the list of illegal immigrants targeted for detention and deportation.
“When you talk about the issues of releasing convicted criminal aliens into American communities, there’s, unfortunately, going to be additional victims and that is just totally unacceptable,” the Florida governor said.
The lawsuit and request for a preliminary injunction were directed at new ICE guidance that would limit officers’ detention and deportation efforts to three narrow categories: those who pose a national security threat, those who have crossed the border since November 1 last year, and those who have committed “aggravated felonies.”
The guideline, according to the outlet, citing administration sources, does not specifically prohibit anybody from being detained or deported. Instead, it focuses attention on specific objectives. Field officers who want to apprehend someone who isn’t in one of those three groups will need to get permission from their superiors. It is anticipated that the number of arrests and deportations will decrease significantly.
“Normally when we have a criminal alien convicted of a felony, they obviously serve their sentence in Florida state prison and prior to Joe Biden’s administration, ICE would take control of them when they finish their sentence and they’d remove the criminal alien and send them back to their home country,” the governor noted. “That should be like clockwork. That is the biggest no-brainer there is.”
DeSantis made the remarks when discussing why he and Florida’s attorney general oppose the Biden administration’s “reckless policy” on ICE.