DeSantis Activates National Guard To Handle ‘Influx’ Of Migrants In Florida

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 18: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks to guests at the Republican Jewish Coalition Annual Leadership Meeting on November 19, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The meeting comes on the heels of former President Donald Trump becoming the first candidate to declare his intention to seek the GOP nomination in the 2024 presidential race. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • A day after federal officials removed hundreds of migrants who landed on a remote island west of the Florida Keys, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an order to activate the Florida National Guard in response to the “alarming influx” of migrants.
  • The executive order dated Friday says the number of people attempting to come to the United States and interdictions in and near Florida “have risen to alarming levels not seen in decades,” citing the landings at Dry Tortugas National Park last weekend and a group of 45 migrants who landed Thursday in the Keys.
  • The order says more boats are on the way to Florida’s shores.

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