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Governor Ron Desantis activates National Guard to help with surge of migrants landing in the Florida Keys

Posted at 11:58 PM, Jan 07, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-11 10:56:05-05

FLORIDA KEYS, Fla. — The ongoing humanitarian crisis at the southern border extends beyond just Texas and Arizona and now Florida Governor Ron Desantis has activated the National Guard to help with what he calls an "alarming" surge of migrants landing in the Florida Keys.

Adding most of them are coming from Cuba or other Caribbean countries.

Back in September Governor DeSantis took credit for funding and organizing two controversial private flights that transported nearly 50 asylum-seeking migrants in Texas to Martha’s Vineyard, calling it a response to Biden’s border crisis.

“If Biden would just do his damn job,” the Governor said at the time.

On Thursday, one day before the Governor issued a press release announcing he’s activating the National Guard and directing state agencies to provide additional resources to the Florida Keys, we asked Representative Mooney what, if any communication the Governor has had with him and local leaders in the area about the latest surge.

“Not with me directly. It's not to say he [Governor] hasn't been in touch with local officials in the Keys. But I don't know. I did send a text to the staff today letting the Governor know that it's escalating at this point,” Mooney told us Thursday afternoon.