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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis joined Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in Del Rio, Texas, Saturday to discuss Florida’s efforts to provide security at the southern border.

DeSantis said Texas and Florida are “sending a clear message to Washington: Our states will enforce the law while the Biden Administration neglects its duty. Law enforcement from across the country are ready and willing to help secure our border.”

The attorneys general from Florida and Texas were also in attendance, as well as Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw, National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd, Val Verde County Sheriff Joe Frank Martinez and Kinney County Sheriff Brad Coe, as well as members of law enforcement from Texas and Florida.

Florida law enforcement personnel who have been working with Texas DPS in the Del Rio sector in Val Verde County told DeSantis that the majority of people they have arrested, roughly 70%, said their destination was Florida.

So far, DeSantis said, Florida law enforcement “has assisted with the apprehension of more than 2,800 illegal aliens,” numbers he called “eye-popping.”

“What’s been the most eye-opening,” he added, “is the number of people who are coming across illegally who say their destination is Florida.”

“Numbers matter,” McCraw said. Florida law enforcement has been teaming up with DPS on patrols, he said, as well as game wardens and tactical marine units, targeting stash houses and human smuggling networks. “There is no single organized crime group that is more violent than the Mexican cartels,” he added, and “they’ve enlisted 16 gangs in Texas” to help them.

Additional manpower makes it safer for DPS personnel, McCraw says, so they can double up on patrol. 

Since June 2011, through fingerprint checks DPS has apprehended 233,000 individuals who have been previously arrested by Border Patrol, a number he says is a “snapshot” of a larger problem because it excludes federal apprehensions and those who have gotten away. 

DeSantis said the crime statistics were staggering and that Florida is not immune from crime at the border. Recently, a criminal illegal alien who had been deported multiple times killed a deputy sheriff in Nassau County, Fla., he said.

Of those coming into the U.S. illegally, 40% who are caught are being released, Judd said. The Biden administration is “rewarding criminal activity,” he added, forcing governors to step up and do what the federal government should be doing, securing the border.

“The federal government abdicated its responsibility, and members of Florida law enforcement volunteered,” DeSantis said. “They want to be here. When we’ve had issues in Florida [during multiple hurricanes] Texas came.” DeSantis said the biggest issue Florida law enforcement has seen in the past few months is an increase in meth in their communities coming directly from the southern border.

The record number of people entering the U.S. illegally, DeSantis said, will greatly impact communities in Florida and throughout the country, putting stress on public resources like schools, social services and health care.

In addition to Florida law enforcement, Abbott said Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Arkansas, and Ohio have all sent law enforcement to help Texas through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact Texas and Arizona created.

The amount of fentanyl Texas DPS has confiscated “is enough to kill everyone living in Texas, Florida, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Arkansas and Ohio,” Abbott said. “The best place to interdict drug smuggling,” he added, “is not in Florida or Iowa but here on the border.”

Judd said the last month was a record in the history of border patrol in the number of apprehensions of illegal border crossings.

“The truth of the matter is that it is not humane to not enforce the law,” he said, responding to a Biden administration claim that their immigration policies are humane. “It is inhumane that liberal policies are allowing the smuggling, it is inhumane to have people cross the border illegally in these harsh conditions.”

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CHAOS AT THE BORDER: ‘If We Seize Even 5 Percent Of Fentanyl Pills Coming Across Border, We’re Lucky’ Border Patrol Union Says

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The Biden regime’s lawless border policy has had deadly consequences.  More than 1.7 million illegal immigrants were detained in Fiscal Year 2021, according to the CBP.  The former CBP Commissioner said that the United States has ‘lost control of the southwest border’.  In November, 95,000 illegal immigrants were released in to the United States with no court date.  This week, the border patrol union said that they are lucky to seize 5% of fentanyl pills coming across the border.  Overdose deaths topped 100,000 in the United States in 2021 according to the CDC.  The Epoch Times Reports

A Border Patrol agent organizes illegal immigrants who have gathered by the border fence after crossing from Mexico into the United States in Yuma, Arizona, on Dec. 10 2021. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

“Border Patrol agents are so busy processing large groups of illegal aliens, that in one Arizona area only four agents are available to patrol a 150-mile section of the border.

“Now that 150 miles of border normally takes about 75 to 90 agents—we had four agents out there,” said Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council. Judd testified at an unofficial House hearing at FreedomWorks in Washington on Feb. 1.

“Cartels control the border right now,” Judd said. “They dictate to us what our operations are going to be. That should never happen.”

The amount of drugs being seized has correspondingly plummeted, according to Customs and Border Protection statistics.

“If we seize even 5 percent of what’s coming across the border, we’re lucky,” Judd said, referring to a question about fentanyl pills. “And if there’s nobody there to detect you and apprehend you, the cartels are going to push it through between the ports of entry when they know that there is absolutely no chance that we’re going to apprehend that narcotic.”

Not only is Biden refusing to enforce the immigration laws of our country, he planned to give millions of illegal immigrants amnesty in his “Build Back Better” plan.  Despite the bill failing, Vice President Kamala Harris has said that amnesty is still at the top of her priority list.

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CHAOS AT THE BORDER: Cartels Have ‘Operational Control’ Of The US Border, Rep. Chip Roy

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The Biden regime’s lawless border policy has had deadly consequences.  More than 1.7 million illegal immigrants were detained in Fiscal Year 2021, according to the CBP.  The former CBP Commissioner said that the United States has ‘lost control of the southwest border’.

Upon taking office, Biden issued a 100 day halt on most deportations, stopped construction of President Trump’s border wall, and ended his “remain in Mexico” policy.  President Trump saw illegal immigration reach a 17 year low during his administration.  “Mayorkas has eviscerated our interior immigration enforcement apparatus—meaning that once an illegal alien enters our country, they become virtually impossible to remove,” said Matthew Tragesser at the Federation for American Immigration Reform.  Now, its been revealed that Biden’s reckless border policy is responsible for a massive influx of deadly narcotics in to our country.  The Epoch Times Reports

“Mexican cartels are making billions of dollars from drug trafficking, human smuggling, and exploiting the U.S. border, said Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas).

Border Patrol agents apprehended more than 1.3 million illegal immigrants crossing into Texas from Mexico in 2021. Hundreds of thousands more weren’t captured. Seizures of the deadly synthetic opioid, fentanyl, have sharply increased, as have overdose deaths in the United States.

“We have 100,000 Americans die from opioid poisonings. They’re not really overdoses—they’re poisonings,” Roy told NTD’s Capitol Report on Jan. 28.

“China is moving it through Mexico, cartels are making money, China is getting empowered, America’s getting hammered—all because this administration refuses to do its job of securing the border.”

The chemicals to make fentanyl are produced in China and shipped to Mexico, where counterfeit pills are manufactured, heroin is spiked, and other products are laced before being sent across the southern border.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported a 1,066 percent increase in fentanyl seized at south Texas ports of entry during fiscal year 2021.”

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CHAOS AT THE BORDER: ‘We Have Lost Control of the Southwest Border’ Former CBP Commissioner Says

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The Biden regimes reckless immigration policy continues to cause chaos at the border.  More than 1.7 million illegal immigrants were detained in Fiscal Year 2021, according to the CBP.  Last month, the CBP revealed that arrests at the border for the month of November hit an all-time high, with 173,620 arrests made.  That is the highest for the month of November since immigration arrests have been recorded. This week, a former Customs and Border Protection Commissioner spoke out about the dire situation at the border.  The Epoch Times Reports

The southwest border during President Joe Biden’s first year in office reached historic levels of illegal crossings, pulling agents off the front line and leaving large swaths of the border unpatrolled. Drugs, especially fentanyl, flowed in, and overdose deaths are at an all-time high.

“What we’re experiencing now on the southwest border is a complete, utter catastrophe,” Mark Morgan, former acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which oversees Border Patrol, told The Epoch Times on Jan. 7.

We have lost control of the southwest border.”

Morgan served as the Commissioner of the CBP from 2019-2021 under President Trump’s administration.

Last year, Border Patrol agents detected but didn’t catch an additional 600,000 illegal border crossers, known as “gotaways,” Morgan further said.

“That’s the equivalent to the size of the state of Vermont,” he said. “Think about the bad people that are in that 600,000 that got away.”

Upon taking office, Biden issued a 100 day halt on most deportations, stopped construction of President Trump’s border wall, and ended his “remain in Mexico” policy.  President Trump saw illegal immigration reach a 17 year low during his administration.  “Mayorkas has eviscerated our interior immigration enforcement apparatus—meaning that once an illegal alien enters our country, they become virtually impossible to remove,” said Matthew Tragesser at the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

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