A statement by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is getting some rough treatment by headline writers, even those at news outlets that are otherwise friendly to the Sunshine State’s Republican chief executive.
DeSantis’ office issued a statement after it became known that 23 illegal immigrants who were shipped to the U.S. Capitol by Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott indicated that they wanted to come to Florida – Miami specifically.
The media – including right-leaning places like Fox News, the Daily Mail of London, and The Floridian – noted in their headlines that DeSantis was telling “migrants” not to come to his state. For example, the Daily Mail’s headline noted in part, “DeSantis tells the 23 migrants who were bused from Texas to DC that they are NOT welcome in the Sunshine State.”
But DeSantis’ actual comments were more tailored and pointed, indicating that he was referring to illegal immigrants.
The effect of such headlines would be hand ammo to left-wingers who want to paint all Republicans as anti-immigrant, instead of being opposed to entering the country illegally and the open-borders policies of President Joe Biden.
For the record, as DeSantis’ office told Fox News, he would enforce the law against those who come to the state outside of legal methods.
“To those who have entered the country illegally, fair warning: do not come to Florida. Life will not be easy for you, because we are obligated to uphold the immigration laws of this country, even if our federal government and other states won’t,” the governor’s office told Fox News in a statement.
“Florida is not a sanctuary state, and our social programs are designed to serve the citizens of our state. The governor will protect the sovereignty of the state of Florida,” the statement continued.
“If you have come here illegally, you have been done a great disservice by the Biden administration. They have encouraged you to make dangerous treks, oftentimes at great physical distress to you and your family. Sometimes, this has even meant putting your fate into the hands of dangerous coyotes and human traffickers.”
“There is a legal process to obtain full American citizenship, which is an essential part of the promise of America. In Florida, we will uphold the law,” the statement concluded.
Language matters. Conservatives, more than anyone, ought to understand that.