TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis spoke on the topic of border security Friday from Jacksonville International Airport weeks after he said the Biden administration sent dozens of flights containing illegal migrants to Florida.
In November, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry tweeted that a number of planes had transported illegal migrants to Jacksonville in the middle of the night. Curry added that the flights were happening without communication to him or the governor.
In response, DeSantis said his administration would take a number of legislative reforms to fight the influx of illegal migrants entering the state.
DeSantis said that any contractors who were involved in facilitating illegal migration would be barred from doing any business with any state or local government agency in the state of Florida. Any private entities involved in facilitating illegal migration would owe the state of Florida restitution.
“We just cannot be doing contracts with companies who that are knowingly and recklessly facilitating bringing people here into our state illegally,” DeSantis said.
The governor also said he would strengthen the sanctuary cities law, ensuring local jurisdictions assist state law enforcement in illegal migration investigations.
“What we don’t want is incentivizing people to be coming to the state illegally,” DeSantis said, adding that $8 million would be allocated in his Freedom Frist Budget proposal to transport illegal migrants out of the state.
“Like the governor, I want more information about who is on the flights coming into our city, many of them landing in the middle of the night,” Mayor Curry said. “This is not about vilification, it is about verification.”
DeSantis later said it has been at least six weeks since the last flight transported illegal migrants to the state of Florida.