Sep 29, 2021 - Politics & Policy

DeSantis takes legal action against Biden efforts on immigration

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Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis took legal action on Tuesday to try to stop the Biden administration's immigration plans.

Why it matters: The Republican governor, who is running for re-election next year and is possibly eyeing a 2024 presidential bid, is picking a high-profile fight with Biden while re-upping his hardline stance on immigration.

The big picture: DeSantis issued an order Tuesday barring state agencies from assisting federal immigration efforts in the state. 

  • Meanwhile, the governor's office filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration over immigration enforcement.

Details: The governor's executive order bars state agencies from transporting undocumented migrants and requires agencies to collect information on the identities of undocumented individuals entering the state.

  • The order encourages law enforcement to vehicles they "reasonably believe" to carrying undocumented individuals.
  • Florida also filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Biden administration over the practice of permitting some undocumented migrants to enter the country while awaiting court hearings, which is allowed under Title 8.

What they're saying: "If you look at what’s happening at the southern border, it is a total disaster," DeSantis said Tuesday, echoing remarks by fellow Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas, when he issued an executive order to restrict the movement of undocumented migrants.

  • "This executive order makes it clear that Florida resources will not be used to prop up the failed open border agenda enacted by this administration," DeSantis said in a statement.
  • The Biden administration did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.

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