Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) declared Monday that a father of four who was allegedly brutally murdered by an illegal immigrant would still be alive if the Biden administration were not dumping migrants into states unannounced.
Authorities last week charged 24-year-old Yery Medina-Ulloa — who allegedly migrated from Honduras just months ago and posed as an unaccompanied minor — with the murder of 46-year-old Francisco Javier Cuellar.
What is the background?
As TheBlaze reported, the Biden administration has been moving migrants — who came to the United States amid the latest border crisis and have been overwhelming Border Patrol resources — for months, mostly under the cover of darkness in the middle of the night.
According to the Washington Examiner, more than 70 such flights have landed in northern Florida. The Biden administration, however, is refusing to divulge details about the flights, who is on the flights, or where the migrants are being taken.
"Over 70 air charter flights [on] jetliner airliners coming from the southwest border have landed at Jacksonville International Airport," Larry Keefe, DeSantis' public safety czar, told the Examiner. "On average, there's 36 passengers on each of these flights. And that has been going on over the course of the summer through September."
"We're in a sad situation of trying to run an investigation. Who is facilitating this travel? How are they getting here? Who are the support people? Who are the sponsors?" he added. "We don't know definitively or specifically as to why Jacksonville is the chosen place. [We're] having to watch and observe — in effect, spy on the government to see what it is that they're doing in the middle of the night out of these airport facilities."
What did DeSantis say?
Speaking with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, DeSantis asserted that Cuellar would be alive if not for the Biden administration's migrant relocation policy because Medina-Ulloa came to Florida on one of the flights.
"So these are flights that are coming in two or three in the morning. The feds, of course, control the airspace and they're there on the ground," DeSantis said. "They take these folks and then they send them in other parts of Florida by bus, or other parts of the southeast."
"And that individual who was murdered was, in fact, murdered by an illegal alien who was on one of Biden's flights, these midnight flights, unannounced, no notice, no support for the state, no ability for us to veto it ahead of time," he added.
"And if Biden had not been doing that, if he'd been doing his job, that individual be alive today," DeSantis said.
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Unfortunately, DeSantis said he cannot do much to stop the flights. The only thing he can do is target the private contractors being used by the Biden administration to assist the relocation program.
"We're looking at what we can do. I think that they use these private contractors. So, what we're looking at is how can we fight back against the contractors? We can obviously deny them state contracts, which we will do. Can we deny them access to Florida's market generally? Can we tax them? Can we do things to provide disincentives so they can't do it?" DeSantis explained. "So we're going to do whatever we can to do it."
"Unfortunately, they do have the ability to get into these airports because the FAA controls it, and the feds really have jurisdiction over it. So, we're trying to work with the local airport authority to see if there's a way that we can get around that," he added. "But we are going to go after some of these contractors because they are bringing in people that are causing burdens on us, and as we see tragically, caused someone to lose their life."