A local doctor says he saw undocumented families boarding a flight to southwest Florida last month. He sent us the photos, and we sent them to the governor for comment.
Dr Chris Robben made a layover in Houston on his way to Southwest Florida International Airport on August 7. It was then that he told us that he saw something strange on his doorstep.
“It was weird because it was a lot of people, in fact the majority of people getting off the plane at first seemed very confused and disoriented,” Robben said. “And when we’ve kind of got a little more attention, the majority of them seem to be wearing an identical shackle case.”
Robben said 75 to 100 people were mostly families with young children. Their files said, “Please help me. I do not speak English. Which plane should I take? Thank you for your help.”
They arrived from the border town of McAllen, Texas, which probably sounds familiar given the flood of migrants arriving there.
A smaller group, perhaps 20 to 30 people, then boarded Robben’s flight to RSW.
Gov. Ron DeSantis visited Lee County on Tuesday to announce that the state has filed a complaint against the presidential administration over how it handles immigration, particularly at the southern border.
“We haven’t heard a glance from the Biden administration,” DeSantis said.
DeSantis signed an executive order prohibiting state agencies from helping undocumented migrants once they arrive in Florida.
“I also asked [U.S. Department of Homeland Security] provide information regarding the number, identities, destinations, criminal record, COVID test status of all illegal aliens who have relocated to Florida, ”DeSantis said.
Robben is happy with the governor’s actions. He told us the system had to change.
“Having spent many years in medicine, I have seen firsthand victims of human trafficking,” said Robben. “I have seen people who have been injured on this very perilous journey that they are trying to take, and you are seeing the effects on the health care system with a large number of uninsured people suddenly having to use the same resources. than the rest. from the community.
We have contacted the White House for a response to the state lawsuit and the governor’s order. We did not receive a response on Tuesday, but a spokesperson recommended that we speak with Homeland Security and US Customs and Border Protection.