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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis calls Biden border deal a ‘farce,’ says it will make migrant crisis worse

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis criticized the Senate border deal approved by President Biden in a video Saturday, calling it a “farce.”

On Friday, the president acknowledged he would “close the border” if a new bipartisan immigration deal passes Congress. Biden says he doesn’t already have that power.

“For too long, we have all known that the border is broken,” Biden said in a press release. “It’s high time we fixed it.”

“What was negotiated would, if passed, be the toughest and fairest package of reforms to secure the border that we have ever had in our country,” he added. “It would give me, as president, new emergency authority to close the border when it is saturated. And if I was given that authority, I would use it the day I signed the bill.”

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In a video posted on X, the former 2024 Republican presidential candidate accused Biden of negligence.

“This border deal is a farce,” DeSantis argued. “Joe Biden already has the power to close the border. He could declare a national emergency. He could stop the invasion if he wanted to. He doesn’t want to.”

“This so-called deal purports to give him the tools to close the border. The reality is that it gives the green light to up to 5,000 illegal immigrants every day,” he added. “That’s over 1.8 million over a year, which they are codifying into laws, saying that’s an appropriate number of illegal entries.”

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President Biden speaks Thursday at an event at Earth Rider Brewery in Superior, Wisconsin. (Nicole Neri/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

DeSantis argued that the “appropriate” number of illegal entries is actually zero.

“Our policy should reflect that, that we don’t want people coming to this country illegally,” DeSantis said. “We should not be giving benefits or work permits to people who came to this country illegally.”

Migrants on the Mexican side of the border

Migrants are trying to reach the southern border of the United States in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. (Christian Torres/Anadolu via Getty Images/File)

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“So Biden has the authority. He doesn’t have the will. He doesn’t have the political philosophy to actually want to solve the problem,” he continued.

Timothy HJ Nerozzi of Fox News Digital contributed to this report.

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