Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will join Texas Governor Greg Abbott along the southern border this weekend for a security briefing.
The meeting, announced in a press release from Abbott’s office, will take place at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday in Del Rio, Texas and provide an update from state and local authorities on the continued influx of illegal immigrants into the state.
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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw, Texas Emergency Management Division Chief Nim Kidd, and several other officials are also expected at the meeting.
DeSantis, a strong supporter of tougher immigration laws, announced last month that he would send law enforcement officials from his state to the Texas border with Mexico to aid in Abbott’s efforts.
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At the time, the governor of Florida was uncertain as to who would fund this process.
“Typically if someone helped us out, you know, we’d get some of their funding back, and that’s how we hope it goes,” DeSantis said. “But we don’t plan to get any federal funds.”
The situation on the southern border continues to worsen, which was underscored by border patrol figures released on Friday which show more than 188,000 illegal immigrants were encountered in June. This number is approximately 8,000 more than the month of May and brings the total number of meetings to a million in this fiscal year so far.
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DeSantis is widely regarded as the first choice for the Republican nomination for president in 2024 if former President Donald Trump, who remains very popular among GOP voters, decides not to run. If Trump shows up, he has floated DeSantis as a possible running mate.
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