DeSantis deploying law enforcement, aircraft, and ships to southern Florida to address potential influx of Haitian immigrants

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has revealed plans to bolster law enforcement presence in the southern parts of the state in response to the potential influx of Haitian migrants. This proactive measure comes as Haiti grapples with street violence and political instability.

Governor DeSantis announced that over 200 extra state law enforcement officers and approximately 50 National Guard members will be sent to South Florida and the Keys. Additionally, there will be more than a dozen aircraft and ships deployed in the area.

Governor DeSantis emphasized the State of Florida’s ongoing commitment to tackling the issue of illegal vessels arriving from countries like Haiti. He stated, “We have been allocating considerable resources to support the U.S. Coast Guard’s interdiction efforts, as no other state has done more to supplement their under-resourced operations. It is imperative that we prevent the influx of illegal aliens into Florida.”

Violence continues to plague the streets of Port-au-Prince, prompting a response from authorities. The United Nations reports that up to 80 percent of the capital is now controlled by gangs. In addition, there have been numerous organized breakouts from prisons, resulting in the release of approximately 3,500 inmates.

According to a report from CNN on Wednesday, the Biden administration has considered the idea of utilizing Guantanamo Bay as a migrant processing center for Haitians who are intercepted at sea while attempting the perilous 700-mile voyage to Florida. It is worth noting that this same processing center was previously utilized for Haitians seeking refuge following the catastrophic earthquakes in 2010.

Prime Minister Ariel Henry made the announcement on Tuesday that he will step down, giving his support to a transitional government plan backed by the United States. This plan has faced criticism from Haitian politicians.

Last week, the United States unveiled a $300 million funding commitment for a multinational security force in Kenya. This initiative aims to address the ongoing gang violence and restore peace in the region. Furthermore, the U.S. government has strongly advised all American citizens to evacuate Haiti due to the precarious situation. To ensure the safety of its embassy, the U.S. has also dispatched a contingent of Marines for protection.

The United Nations Security Council resolution enacted the security plan last year, but its implementation has been delayed due to Henry’s resignation and ongoing political instability.

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