Matt Gaetz gave Joe Biden a reality check about this growing threat to Florida

Mar 28, 2024

Joe Biden is asleep at the wheel while the world is in flames.

But an international crisis is now poised to wreak havoc on the United States.

And Matt Gaetz gave Joe Biden a reality check about this growing threat to Florida.

The Caribbean nation of Haiti is descending into civil war as heavily armed gangs battle the police for control of the capital city of Port-au-Prince.

Gangs kicked off the crisis when they seized control of prisons and freed more than 4,000 hardened criminals who joined their ranks.

Now a violent power struggle is underway after acting Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry resigned when he was blocked from returning to the country.

Haiti is roughly 600 miles from the coast of Florida, and the country’s political turmoil is creating fears about a potential mass migration of illegal aliens.

More than one million Haitians are on the verge of famine as the country falls to pieces.

Florida Republicans ask Joe Biden to deploy the Navy

With Haiti in a state of near anarchy, a group of House Republicans are asking President Joe Biden to deploy the Navy to interdict potential ships of Haitians trying to migrate to the Sunshine State.

Representatives Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL), and Daniel Webster (R-FL) wrote Biden to demand that he declare an “anticipated mass migration of aliens en route to, or arriving off the coast of, the United States.”

This is “necessary to reinforce the State of Florida’s efforts by utilizing Department of Defense vessels to conduct maritime interdictions and interceptions of aliens from Haiti and repatriate them.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis deployed 250 members of law enforcement and the National Guard to the Florida Keys in anticipation of a potential influx of illegal aliens from Haiti.

State aircraft and vessels are patrolling the waters around the Florida coast, but they could be overwhelmed in a mass migration event.

“We urge you to engage the necessary assets to conduct maritime interdictions and interceptions of Haitians under 46 U.S. Code § 70051 and Executive Order 13276 and repatriate them to Port-au-Prince, Haiti,” the letter to Biden stated.

Pentagon on alert for mass migration from Haiti

The Florida Republicans’ letter cited an exchange between Gaetz and General Laura Richardson, commander of U.S. Southern Command, during a House Armed Services hearing where she said she asked for backup to deal with an influx of Haitians. 

“As a Florida man, I’m deeply concerned about this wave of people that we’re about to have that we are having come from Haiti. They stay in southeast Florida,” Gaetz said. “That driving factor is the deterioration of conditions in Haiti.”

“So, what are we doing to prepare for that wave, and to ensure that these people are not paroled into the United States, as the administration has done with people on the southern border, but instead, are repatriated back at the dock at Port-au-Prince?” Gaetz asked.

He asked Richardson if the federal government should prepare for a potential mass migration event from Haiti.

“I think that we need to be postured appropriately for that,” Richardson said. “I have put in a request for increased capability to do exactly that. And we are ready if we need to deal with a mass migration.”

Since the crisis in Haiti could begin to spill over into Florida, Republicans are trying to get ahead of the problem.

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