Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis threatened this week to bus illegal immigrants to President Joe Biden's home state of Delaware should the administration continue to pay for "clandestine" flights carrying migrants into the Sunshine State.
"If they're going to come here, you know, we'll provide buses and ... I will send them to Delaware," DeSantis warned during a press conference on Wednesday.
The governor's tough remarks came amid a lengthy polemic against the president over his handling of the ongoing immigration crisis at the U.S southern border, during which he described the secretive process that the Biden administration has reportedly used to send some 70 flights carrying illegal aliens into his state and elsewhere around the country.
One of those flights carried an illegal immigrant who allegedly went on to murder a father of four in Florida, DeSantis declared earlier this week.
"There's no notification to the state of Florida," DeSantis complained, noting, "These are done mostly in the middle of the night, and it's clandestine. And we really have no say into it."
"I know when we initially got wind of this, it wasn't through normal channels, it's people in the federal government who are effectively leaking this to us so that we have a heads-up on it," he continued.
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The governor then argued that if the president is unwilling to secure the country's border with Mexico, then he should open up his home state to house the illegal immigrants rather than shipping them to other places around the country.
"If he's not going to support the border being secured, then he should be able to have everyone there. So, we will do whatever we can in that regard. And we are absolutely going to do everything we can," DeSantis insisted.
DeSantis also took issue with separate reporting that amid rapidly rising inflation in the country, Biden is considering handing out payments to some illegal immigrant families who were separated at the border under the previous administration.
"The president has said that basically, they want to even pay reparations to people who came illegally, just think about that," the governor said. "You as an American, you get higher gas prices, you get higher grocery bills, you get told, basically, to just grin and bear it."
"But someone breaks the law, comes illegally, and they're going to cut him a check for hundreds of thousands of dollars," he continued. "That is just unbelievable. But that's what we're dealing with."