Senator Rick Scott traveled to the Florida Keys on Thursday to get a closer look at the immigration crisis and border controls in the state’s south following a request from Monroe County, whose local officials say their resources are insufficient to cope with the influx. are not sufficient for Wave.
Scott receives information from the US Coast Guard about the local response to migrants coming ashore in the Florida Keys.
“What the Coast Guard has done is bring more resources to the area to help the sheriff’s office, when they do that it means we have fewer resources elsewhere where they are needed. And that makes no sense. Is.” the senator said. Scott.
The Border Patrol alleges to have seen a four hundred percent increase in migrant encounters in South Florida this fiscal year compared to the same period last year.
According to the sheriff, whenever a boat arrives with Cuban and Haitian immigrants, officers and lifeguards have to respond to that call, taking time off from other tasks such as fighting crime in the area.
Since Christmas alone, nearly 500 Cubans and 130 Haitians have arrived in South Florida, overwhelming local officials and raising fears of a mass migration event.
The White House issued a scathing rebuke to Ron DeSantis after Florida’s governor activated the state’s National Guard, accusing Republicans of “causing trouble” as Joe Biden’s administration tries to crack down . border enforcement.