DeSantis Continues to Support Texas in Operation Lone Star

DeSantis Continues to Support Texas in Operation Lone Star

Border Crisis still running its course in 2023

Jim McCool
Jim McCool
May 26, 2023

Once again, Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has contributed to stopping the ongoing Border Crisis and has contributed resources to Texas in an effort to support Operation Lone Star.

Operation Lone Star is the systematic effort by Texas Republicans to fight the ongoing influx of illegal immigration.  Not every Republican was on board however, as Republicans like Lt. Colonel Allen West (R-TX) challenged Governor Abbott (R-TX) in 2022 alleging the attempt to secure the border is a failure.

Although not a border state, DeSantis has a long history of protecting the Southern Border.  The governor had visited himself almost 2 years ago where he pledged Florida's assistance to the region.  The governor stated in Texas in June of 2021, "We appreciate Texas stepping up where the federal government won’t,”  DeSantis. “When Governor Abbott put out the call for help at the border, we immediately answered because we know that the success in Texas is America’s success. Of the individuals our law enforcement have apprehended at the border, more than 70% said they ultimately wanted to go to Florida. To solve this problem, we want to see successful border policies reinstated that President Biden irresponsibly removed. Until then, states are going to have to step up, and I am proud to dedicate Florida resources to help. In addition to our law enforcement officers, Florida National Guard will continue to serve at the border to support Texas National Guard until October 2022."

Last week, the State of Texas officially requested resources through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) to assist in responding to the substantial public safety and national security threat posed by the federal government’s failure to secure the international border with Mexico. Florida unsurprisingly obliged.

Florida is now adding to their presence at the Southern Border.  101 Florida Highway Patrol Troopers, two fixed-wing aircraft are deployed, five unarmed drones, and 20 sworn Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officers have been deployed to help Texas in many ways with the influx of illegal immigration.

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Jim McCool

Jim McCool

Jim is a graduate of Florida State University where he studied Political Science, Religion and Criminology. He has been a reporter for the Floridian since January of 2021 and will start law school in 2024.

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