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Florida Gov. DeSantis, sheriffs take on Biden over Southern border

Requests for help 'have fallen on ... deaf ears,' they said.

An undated view of the U.S.-Mexico border.

An undated view of the U.S.-Mexico border. IMAGE BY WIKIIMAGES FROM PIXABAY

Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed many bills meant to bolster his culture war agenda this legislative session, and now he’s using his bully pulpit in the Plaza level to take shots at President Joe Biden. On Thursday, he announced a coalition of more than 90 sheriffs across the country who are dissatisfied with the federal government’s response to security at America’s southern border. 

The announcement, which came via an official press release from DeSantis’ office, said the sheriffs were “fighting back against ‘Biden’s Border Crisis’ ” in the header and included a letter signed by the top cops. It comes amid “Operation Lone Star,” in which DeSantis has sent Florida National Guard members, state law enforcement agents and others to assist Texas authorities at the border. 

“While we have been urging the federal government to step up their efforts to secure our border, or at the very least help us deal with the impacts of the border crisis, these pleas have fallen on the deaf ears of an administration that is purposefully unwilling to enforce our nation’s immigration laws,” the sheriffs’ letter says. 

What’s missing is what, exactly, this coalition will do – besides write letters. It disproportionately includes Florida sheriffs, with 35 of them on the list. And coincidentally, immigration and border security is a big issue for Republican voters who will vote on a presidential nominee for the 2024 election, in which DeSantis happens to be a candidate. 

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