Florida Governor DeSantis has made a name as a no-holds barred conservative. He wasn’t about to let Biden’s screwups go unnoticed.
That’s why Ron DeSantis torched Joe Biden for this epic failure.
Ron DeSantis has led Florida from a “purple” battleground state to a conservative bastion.
DeSantis went from winning his first term as governor by only a few tens of thousands of votes to a 1.5 million vote margin in 2022.
He, along with other firebrand governors like Greg Abbott of Texas, has been a thorn in the Biden administration particularly over its handling of illegal immigration.
The most recent estimates from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) puts the number of illegal immigrants who have entered the country since Biden took office to be around 5.5 million.
But that was released last October – almost half a year ago.
Last December, Border Patrol encountered over 250,000 illegal immigrants, the highest number of monthly encounters ever recorded.
Biden and his administration don’t want to talk about the crisis, but Ron DeSantis does.
And he did it in the best way possible by bringing up President Biden’s ridiculous COVID vaccination requirement for visitors to the U.S.
Ron DeSantis slammed the Biden administration’s immigration and COVID-19 immunization policies on Tuesday, asking the White House if tennis great Novak Djokovic could come to Florida by boat to participate.
“The only thing keeping Novak Djokovic from participating in the Miami Open tennis tournament is President Biden’s misguided and unscientific COVID-19 vaccination requirement for foreigner travelers,” DeSantis tweeted Tuesday, along with a copy of his letter.
“Mr. President – lift your restrictions and let him compete,” DeSantis added.
In the letter, the Florida governor referred to Biden’s October 2021 proclamation, which barred non-US people from flying to America without proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.
Djokovic, 35, withdrew from the forthcoming BNP Paribas Open in Southern California after the Department of Homeland Security denied his waiver request, which would have allowed the Serbia native to enter the US without getting vaccinated against the coronavirus.
“I note that since the onset of COVID-19, Mr. Djokovic has visited the United States twice — including once during your presidency — without any apparent health incident,” DeSantis wrote.
“It is also not clear to me why, even by the terms of your own proclamation, Mr. Djokovic could not legally enter this country via boat,” the Florida governor added. “Please confirm no later than Friday, March 10, 2023, that this method of travel into Florida would be permissible.”
The Florida governor went on to say that Biden’s administration had also “pointedly allowed thousands of unvaccinated migrants to enter our country through the southern border.
“In sum,” he wrote, “the current ‘travel ban’ as applied to Mr. Djokovic — and presumably millions of other potential unvaccinated foreign visitors — seems completely ungrounded in logic, common sense, or any genuine concern for the health and welfare of the American people.”
On its website, at least one Bahamian ferry company states that “no Covid test or vaccination is required to enter Florida when traveling by ferry.”
Vaccination requirements for international air travelers will be lifted on May 11, when the US COVID-19 emergency proclamation is fully lifted.
Djokovic was forced to miss the 2022 Australian and US Opens due to his lack of vaccinations. When the Australian government withdrew his visa, he was deported after already arriving in Melbourne.
Djokovic was still listed as having accepted an invitation to compete in the Miami Open, which begins March 19, as of Tuesday.
Rafael Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz, Iga Swiatek, and Coco Gauff are among the talents slated to compete in the competition.
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