DeSantis: Florida officers to respond to 'border security crisis' in Texas, Arizona

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisFlorida reports highest daily COVID-19 cases since January First hearing set for lawsuit over Florida's new anti-riot bill Florida AG tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R) announced on Wednesday that law enforcement officers from his state will be deployed to Texas and Arizona to address challenges at the border.

DeSantis, seen by many as a potential GOP presidential candidate in 2024, said that he was responding to “the failure of the Biden administration to secure our southern border” and wanted to provide additional security to the two states after the governors of Texas and Arizona released a joint statement Thursday requesting that states provide law enforcement resources to the southern border.

"America’s border security crisis impacts every state and every American," DeSantis said Wednesday in a statement. 


"Florida is going to support Texas and Arizona. We believe that securing the southern border is important for our country, but specifically we believe it’ll benefit the people of Florida to be able to get this under control, and so where the federal government has failed, the states are stepping up and doing our best to fill the void," he added during a press conference in Pensacola, Fla. 

DeSantis noted during the press conference that Florida was the first state to announce it would be sending law enforcement to the two states. More than 10 law enforcement agencies and sheriff’s offices at the local and state levels will be deploying officers.

The announcement comes as the Biden administration has seen a steady increase in the number of migrants crossing the southwestern border. In March, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro MayorkasAlejandro MayorkasHillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks Biden administration stokes frustration over Canada Democrat stalls Biden's border nominee MORE announced that the U.S. was “on pace to encounter more individuals on the southwest border than we have in the last 20 years.” 

It’s become a point of contention between the Biden administration and GOP leaders, who have asked President BidenJoe BidenOvernight Defense: Senate panel adds B to Biden's defense budget | House passes bill to streamline visa process for Afghans who helped US | Pentagon confirms 7 Colombians arrested in Haiti leader's killing had US training On The Money: Senate braces for nasty debt ceiling fight | Democrats pushing for changes to bipartisan deal | Housing prices hit new high in June Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks MORE and Vice President Harris to visit the border to address the rise in migration.

In response to the surge, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced plans on Thursday to build a wall at the southern border. Additionally, former President TrumpDonald TrumpNew Capitol Police chief to take over Friday Overnight Health Care: Biden officials says no change to masking guidance right now | Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Medicaid expansion | Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade Michael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip MORE announced he would visit the border with Abbott at his invitation. 

DeSantis is a Trump ally and may be unlikely to run for the White House if the former president chooses to seek reelection.