Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is trying to help Texas stop the flood of illegal aliens.
Red states are being forced to get creative to do the federal government’s job.
Now Florida is on the verge of handing Ron DeSantis this weapon to secure the border.
A bill making its way through the Florida Legislature would allow the Florida State Guard to operate outside the Sunshine State.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis reestablished the state guard in 2022 to function as a volunteer state-level defense force to help with natural disaster recovery and respond to other emergencies.
HB 1551 would give DeSantis the power to activate the Florida State Guard and deploy them outside Florida with the permission of another state.
The bill would also give the Florida State Guard the same legal protections that the National Guard enjoys.
Republican State Representative Mike Giallombardo said that would allow for the state guard to deploy to Texas and help secure the southern border.
DeSantis came out in favor of the bill at a press conference.
“I think that what’s happening in Texas is not just a Texas issue, it’s an American issue,” DeSantis said. “And you have a situation where you’ve had over 8 million people pour into this country illegally just in the last three years.”
Florida began sending state resources and personnel in 2021 to help Texas with its border security initiative called Operation Lone Star.
DeSantis pointed out that illegal immigration has expanded beyond traditional Latin American countries to include Chinese, Russians, and people from the Middle East who are trying to cross the border.
President Joe Biden could nationalize the Texas National Guard which is securing the state’s border as part of Operation Lone Star and move them elsewhere.
The Florida State Guard would be free from interference by the federal government according to DeSantis because there are no federal strings attached to them unlike the National Guard.
“So, we did the state guard partially for that, but then for partially it’s just you control your own destiny with the state guard,” DeSantis said. “I mean, the federal government will grab our national guardsman and they’ll send them all over the world in some of these missions.”
“So why should we just have people who get plucked out of here to be doing whatever these guys in Washington want,” DeSantis continued. “If these are people serving the state then we want to be able to have control over that.”
The Florida State Guard being able to deploy outside the state’s border would be another way for Ron DeSantis to help Texas with the gargantuan task of securing the border.
DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.