(TargetLiberty.org) – GOP presidential candidate Ron DeSantis is starting to have an immigration problem, as Florida continues to have high numbers of undocumented immigrants despite the governor’s hard stance on migration.
DeSantis could potentially end up facing criticism and pushback from voters as a result of the increase in undocumented immigrants. A new Pew Research study found that there were only two states between 2017 and 2021 that had an increase in their unauthorized immigrant populations, with one of them being Florida. DeSantis has been serving as the state’s governor since 2019, and previously he had been serving in the House of Representatives as Florida’s representative.
Outside of Florida, only Washington noted an increase in the number of undocumented immigrants during that time period. While in most other states in America, there was no change in the number of undocumented immigrants.
Due to the close proximity of Mexico to the state, the state could potentially be struggling more with immigration. Around 39 percent of undocumented immigrants in the United States come from Mexico. However, the other border states including Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico have not seen a similar increase in the number of immigrants in the state.
The increase in undocumented immigrants also occurred before the SB 1718 law was passed this May, which is why the governor’s office has argued that these data are not representative of the state today.
Press secretary at the Executive Office of the Governor Jeremy Redfern argued that any immigration increase is the result of the Biden Border crisis and that DeSantis has been acting within his authority to mitigate this, while the Biden administration has failed to take action.
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