President Donald J. Trump looks at diagrams and photos during his meeting with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Tuesday, April 28, 2020, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official Photo by Shealah Craighead)
“All the things that are impacting not just a border state like Texas, but states like Florida,” she told Fox News, later adding, “This is not just well-intentioned people trying to get folks across the border. These are criminal cartels; they have an illicit industry that is far surpassing the arms industry and will likely surpass the drug industry. … They do not treat those individuals … what we’re seeing is that these individuals have little regard for the safety and wellbeing, and they’re using them as commodities. So, in the grand jury … the other pieces that we discussed, we’re gonna continue to look at ways to not only interdict the human trafficking that’s taking place, but also make sure that we prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.”
“The governor has created a strike force to interdict human smuggling that is taking place in Florida,” she added, “He’s got the grand jury that will be investigating and looking at what are the things that we can do to protect Floridians, and he’s also made it illegal for common carriers to knowingly work with enterprises that are bringing illegals into Florida.”
“Biden’s border disaster has made everyone less safe with historic numbers, record numbers of individuals flowing through our border, enough fentanyl to wipe out the entire population of the United States,” she concluded. “This is a crisis. It’s a humanitarian crisis, it’s a national security crisis, and for Governor DeSantis and I, we’re gonna continue to do everything that we can to keep Floridians safe.”
The move by DeSantis, although criticized by liberals, is in line with the concerns of the Mexican government.
A Reuters report from last year claimed that the left-leaning Mexican government was “worried the new U.S. administration’s asylum policies are stoking illegal immigration and creating business for organized crime.”