Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida and the Republican nominee for president, has a cunning plan for handling illegal immigrants should he win the presidency: begin by deporting all those who entered the nation illegally when President Biden was in office, and permit states to participate in removals as well.
During his speech this week in California, DeSantis vowed to deport Biden’s illegals.
“That means we have to send back everyone who came here illegally under Biden.” That is going to have to be the first thing we do,” he speculated that number was around six or seven million people. “It will take a lot of work, and we will have to lean in,” he said. “But if you do not have a punishment for breaking the law—I approve of constructing a wall, I support all of this—you’ll keep having it.”
It was found that the Biden government let at least two million illegal immigrants into the U.S. this past spring. That number didn’t include the probably million or more illegal immigrants who got away from the police. Since then, the total amount of illegal immigrants crossing the U.S. border has kept going up. In September, over a quarter of a million people were caught along the Southwest border.
From those numbers, it looks like five or six million would represent a low estimate by the conclusion of Biden’s term.
The current Republican presidential nominee, former President Trump, is also running on a platform of carrying out large-scale immigration raids. However, DeSantis said this week that Donald Trump failed to keep these promises throughout his first term.
“It’s important to note that the former president is running on the same promise he made in 2016 but didn’t keep,” he said. “In fact, more people were deported during Obama’s first term than during Trump’s. He is now telling us he is going to accomplish this great thing. He had four years to complete the task, but he didn’t. We’re going to finish the job.”
Townhall.com made the point that DeSantis also wants to give states the power they need to remove illegal immigrants.
“Within my administration, the states will be fully empowered to enforce immigration laws as equal partners,” DeSantis recently stated to Glenn Beck of The Blaze.
He stated, “For example, Texas should have the authority to send someone back if they cross the river illegally.”
All of that sounds great and is very much needed, however, DeSantis better be ready to deal with the huge number of lawsuits that will come his way if he wants to do better than Trump as president. As president, Trump’s government had to deal with a huge number of cases. Many of these lawsuits made it harder or longer for him to deport illegal immigrants and implement the immigration laws he wanted.
DeSantis needs to win the GOP primary before he can carry out these plans as president. At the moment, national and state polls show that Trump is the clear favorite.
No matter what, whoever wins the vote should praise and copy the Florida governor’s policies on deportations.