Gov. Ron DeSantis said Florida’s lawsuit against the Biden administration over a “reckless policy” of releasing illegal immigrants is intended to make the new administration “actually follow the law.”
“This is a reckless policy that we are opposing here. Normally, when we’d have a criminal alien, convicted of a felony, they obviously served their sentence in Florida state prison. And prior to the Joe Biden administration, ICE would take control of them when they finish their sentence and remove the criminal alien and send them back to the home country,” DeSantis told Maria Bartiromo on her Sunday morning Fox News show.
“That should be like clockwork. That is the biggest no-brainer there is,” he added.
Florida sued the Biden administration last month, arguing the federal guidance on immigration prevents the arrest and deportation of illegal immigrants.
“The Biden administration’s reckless policy of refusing to do their jobs and deport criminals, places … Floridians’ public safety at risk,” Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said of the suit. “Until President Biden’s inauguration, presidents of both parties detained and deported criminals. This is a radical shift that places Floridians and our law enforcement officers in greater danger, and that is why I filed suit.”
DeSantis said that the Biden administration is no longer honoring ICE detainers and that criminals are being released back into the United States, where they could reoffend.
“The lawsuit seeks to have them actually follow the law, follow the Constitution. Maria, you will hear excuses for why they don’t enforce immigration laws in certain instances, prosecutorial discretion, focus on the most threats,” he said.
“These are the most threatening folks. They are criminal convicted aliens. And they are not even doing that. You cannot totally default on your responsibility to enforce the law under the Constitution,” he added.
The Biden administration issued a temporary guidance in February that mandated ICE officials seek approval from higher-ups before deporting anyone who has not crossed the border recently.
“By focusing our limited resources on cases that present threats to national security, border security, and public safety, our agency will more ably and effectively execute its law enforcement mission,” ICE acting Director Tae Johnson said at the time. “We must prioritize our efforts to achieve the greatest security and safety impact.”
Author : Emma Colton