DeSantis: Florida Law Enforcement To Help Secure Border With Mexico; ECSO Committed To Sending Aid

June 17, 2021

Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that state and local law enforcement officers have committed to deploying to Texas and Arizona to provide additional resources in response to the border crisis.

The announcement from DeSantis came Wednesday with Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody during a press conference at the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office has committed to sending aid to the border, as has the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office.

“We talked a little bit about methamphetamines and how it’s going from the border. We talked a little bit about fentanyl. It’s easy to say that, but let me tell you how that hits home here in a place like Escambia County. Not a shooting, not a violent crime that goes by that we investigate that’s not involving methamphetamine,” Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons said.

“Not a day goes by at all, we don’t go to a call where someone has overdosed on fentanyl,” Simmons continued. ”We can talk about the sheer numbers and the pounds and the kilos coming from the border through the interstate into our own Escambia County. But what does that mean? It means people are dying in our city streets, our county streets and it makes a difference. And it again it makes a difference when we decide to do something. We acknowledge this is an issue, this is a problem, we have got to come together and do something with it.”

“America’s border security crisis impacts every state and every American,” said DeSantis. “The Biden Administration ended policies implemented by President Trump that were curbing illegal immigration, securing our border, and keeping Americans safe. Governors Abbott and Ducey recently sent out a call for help to every state in the nation, needing additional law enforcement manpower and other resources to aid with border security. I’m proud to announce today that the state of Florida is answering the call. Florida has your back.”

“As attorney general, I am dedicated to ending human trafficking, protecting our children from sexual predators, and fighting the opioid crisis now claiming 21 lives a day in our state, but President Biden is hurting, not helping us achieve these vital public safety goals,” said Attorney General Ashley Moody. “The crisis the President created at our southern border makes all of us less safe, and I am proud to stand with Governor DeSantis as he tries to fix the President’s disaster at the border to protect Floridians.”

The move comes following a letter late last week from Governors Greg Abbott of Texas and Doug Ducey of Arizona requesting immediate assistance to quell the surge of illegal migrants, apprehend illegal criminal aliens, and secure our border.

The Governor’s Office said the following sheriff’s offices and state law enforcement agencies have already committed to sending aid:

  • The Florida Highway Patrol
  • The Florida Department of Law Enforcement
  • The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Brevard County Sheriff’s Office
  • Escambia County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
  • Holmes County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office
  • Pasco County Sheriff’s Office
  • Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office
  • Walton County Sheriff’s Office

The Florida Division of Emergency Management is coordinating this deployment of the law enforcement officers under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). The Emergency Management Assistance Compact is a national mutual aid system that allows states to share resources from all disciplines, protect personnel who deploy, and be reimbursed for mission related costs.

Pictured: Gov Ron DeSantis and Attorney General Ashley Moody flanked by law enforcement during a press conference Wednesday afternoon at the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. Photos for, click to enlarge.


42 Responses to “DeSantis: Florida Law Enforcement To Help Secure Border With Mexico; ECSO Committed To Sending Aid”

  1. David Huie Green on June 20th, 2021 9:05 pm

    “Biden made this mess trying to undue (sic) all the good that Trump did. He is responsible’s his mess”

    and considering such as the following:

    “Seizures of fentanyl, which is smuggled in from Mexico and found along the Interstate 70 and Interstate 25 corridors, have doubled each year for the past four years, including in 2020, according to the Denver field division of the Drug Enforcement Administration.”

    We can see it two ways. One is that under President Trump, the border patrols were getting twice as good at catching smugglers each year.

    The other is that under President Trump, twice as much was crossing every year as the year before.

    The drugs can be made in the USA or elsewhere. How it looks to me is that demand kept rising the previous four years and Americans found ways to meet the demand.

    Others think it all started when President Biden took office.

    David for better people

  2. Jay Girl on June 20th, 2021 5:23 pm

    I am so proud of Governor DeSantis for sending some of our law enforcement to help with the border crisis. I am also proud that Florida Fish and Game Commision will be a part of this, but I am so happy that my brother is retired from them because knowing him, he would be the first one to have his hand raised! No matter what office Governor DeSantis runs for, he has my vote!

  3. patd on June 19th, 2021 9:59 am

    if the people in charge wanted to stop illegal immagration just arrest the people who hire them,it would stop.

  4. Olivia Mae on June 19th, 2021 9:42 am

    Governor Desantis is the most proactive, constitutional driven leader Florida has ever had. We are envied!

    For those who don’t understand why he’s helping Texas, I’m sorry the school system has failed you.

  5. Stumpknocker on June 19th, 2021 12:30 am

    So what’s the difference if our law enforcement is sent to help after a flood or hurricane? This is a National crisis, with all the over doses here where do you think it comes from. The heroin fentanyl over doses deaths per day far out way the Chinese flu covid 19.

  6. Common Sense on June 18th, 2021 10:30 am

    Has anybody considered if the Deputies and other officers from Florida want to go to NM or AZ? They swore an oath to protect their own communities not other states and away from their families.

  7. Chelleepea on June 18th, 2021 10:20 am

    Ppl……no president of the US has had an open border policy! The presidents you dislike have deported more illegals than the ones you think are doing a good job. Do really think Texas needs Floridas help? This is all a show! If this was an actual emergency Abbott would call the national guards not ask for our law enforcement! Please wake up!!!

  8. Kane on June 18th, 2021 10:17 am

    @Paul if you run i’ll vote for you!!

  9. Kane on June 18th, 2021 10:12 am

    Multiple unsolved mass shootings in our area, car burglary rings abound, but hey we have plenty of police to spare for immigrants because we know they are the real danger not the murderers on the loose or car thieves that ARE ALREADY HERE……….(heavy sarcasm warning for the sarcasm impaired)

  10. Susan on June 18th, 2021 9:18 am

    Ridiculous. If he wants to run for President fine, but don’t make your resume on the backs of taxpayers. This is clearly a grandstanding move. Like Escambia Co. can afford all this. Do you realize all the undocumented people here right NOW? If you’ve eaten in a restaurant, stayed in a hotel, had your roof fixed, had a house built, eaten Florida fruits and vegetables you’ve been in contact with ‘aliens.’ There are schools here full of Latin kids whose parents are working in Pensacola. The business owners and farmers would have a stroke if they disappeared. DeSantis is not going to piss his base off.

  11. Pg on June 18th, 2021 8:57 am

    Thank you Governor DeSantis, and those who are willing to reach out and help where help is needed. (Matthew 7:12 says, so in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the law and the prophets.) When we need help we do look for help. We may get it and we may not. But the Bible says to help those in need. (Matthew 5:16 let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Psalms 121:8 the Lord shall preserve thy going and thy coming in from this time forth, and even evermore. ) for those who are stepping out to go help Texas and Arizona thank you. may God of heaven and earth bless you and keep you, may His face shine upon you, may He keep you safe in your travelers, in your going and your coming. May each of you experience God’s amazing love as you help protect our country. Thank you again to Governor DeSantis and those all involved. You all are being a blessing.

  12. ROBERT on June 18th, 2021 8:54 am

    Simple solution…put our military on the border and start arresting and deporting border jumpers…it aint rocket science…Cut off the free money to welfare and free medical or housing for non citizens…..Stop making it so easy for them to mooch off America and they will stay home…Our taxes pay the salaries of our law enforcement…they need to do the job here that we pay them to do…Biden made this mess trying to undue all the good that Trump did. He is responsible’s his mess. Ship all the migrants etc to blue states and watch policy changes start happening…I am tired of supporting illegals and our own needy citizens go ignored.With all the money wasted on border illegals we could have built and housed every homeless American citizen

  13. Derek W on June 18th, 2021 8:27 am

    All Law Enforcement Officers in the State of Florida are governed by the CJSTC and their arrest powers are easily transferred to other jurisdictions by executive order or swearing in by the governor of any state in this country. The border crisis is a national crisis unfortunately we have a president with an administration only caring about giving away money to certain groups and now making obscure holidays to bribe a voting block for their vote. This is income redistribution and a slow move toward socialism.

  14. mnon on June 18th, 2021 8:02 am

    If you guys think Florida is so bad or Pensacola.. go move to Chicago or Portland. If you aren’t willing to move then it is no where near as bad as you’re making out.

    We need to stop the influx of drugs and illegals pouring into the state by the southern border. Yes some illegals come in by boat, but we don’t have an estimated 2 million coming across the water this year. So pipe down, I can’t believe how brainwashed liberals are thinking what is going on is acceptable and we aren’t supposed to help secure our country. YOU are the reason our country is becoming Marxist. Biden is the reason for this influx, all because they hate Trump that much. Biden will go down as the worst president in history miles above Carter or W.

  15. retired on June 18th, 2021 7:57 am


    If the shifts are so short then pull sworn officers from behind desks and investigators
    to fill the spots.

  16. Bewildered on June 18th, 2021 7:56 am

    Regarding inthesticks‘ comment: by reducing the numbers of law enforcement personnel in Florida by sending them to other States he is actually obeying The Biden Administration‘s orders to defund police in a round-about way. All liberals that embrace the woke generation’s policies should be happy!

  17. inthesticks on June 18th, 2021 3:55 am

    It is sad to see that our leaders are more worried about ‘hypothetical’ things that reality.
    The reality is that there are meth labs all across northern Florida, not to mention how the politicians refuse to admit that their constituents are the ones driving the demand for these drugs due to their poor policies in public health and education. Crime is crazy in Escambia county and we are going to send our officers to Texas?
    Dictator Desantis is really trying to get his base to believe he will be the next savior by saving the entire country – it is very sad when a supposedly educated man is swayed by greed, and the lust for power to the point where truth is only what he says. It is even sadder to see those that believe him and follow him as he destroys our state.

  18. pencil on June 17th, 2021 10:31 pm

    Responding to legitimate national disasters in another state and this fiasco are apples and oranges for those trying to make the comparison. A majority of illegal immigrants and drugs pour into Florida by boat.

    The Florida Marine Patrol and U.S. Coast Guard could use the extra help right here . . . . but this isn’t legitimate assistance, its grandstanding in the worse sense in preparation for a political run at the presidency.

    KEEP our resources in Escambia County and stop following false narratives! Not long ago a Brian Kolfage was getting some of you to donate to his Build the Wall fraud fund. Now we have our Governor essentially sending resources to the same thing.

  19. Bill on June 17th, 2021 7:56 pm

    Chip Simmons…our home grown crimes should be your #1 priority, am I correct? How’s your team doing with the month long Truman Arms drive bus? Why don’t you stick to Escambia crime fighting…unlike your predecessor who couldn’t wait over and over for national attention

  20. Elizabeth on June 17th, 2021 7:38 pm

    @Kate… Has Kammy told you why she hasn’t visited the border where 20K or more children are being held in cages? Didn’t the left have a problem with 3K kids in cages when Trump was a President?

  21. Elizabeth on June 17th, 2021 7:34 pm

    Thank you, Gov Desantis. What happens in other states directly affect us, also. We have a problem with thugs crossing the border and until we cut it off, those thugs will continue to move to our state and commit crimes. The red states are in a battle against this adminstrations’ war on Americans.

  22. Keveo on June 17th, 2021 5:17 pm

    We have our own Florida crime to worry about “Dont Mess with Texas”.. Arizona and Texas Governors sent a jointly signed letter to 48 states asking for help and Florida is the 1st to offer help after one week. Curious to see if any others decide to spend their state/county tax paying citizens money helping the state of Texas…
    if it was a country it would be the 10th biggest economy in the world.
    They have over 20 thousand “state” national guards/militia. (the governor just sent only 1000 guards and Highway patrol to the border)
    Over 240 counties with law enforcement
    If it has anything to do with drugs then the cartels will use New Mexico or California to get them in
    C’mon… It looks and sounds pretty on the surface but what is it really about with both TX and FL governors up for re-election?
    The above picture show it. Secure our Borders, Secure our States.
    I say “Build the Wall” with Florida tax payers money…

  23. Bewildered on June 17th, 2021 3:04 pm

    The statement made by Kate shows that the liberal segment of our citizens absolutely refuse to see the truth. Actions speak louder than words!!! Biden does not want open borders? really? So what does he want? Only rent hotel accommodations and/or fly illegal immigrants to whatever city they want to go ? Where is or what has the Vice President done who is in charge of the border crisis? Has not even bothered to visit the area. Absolutely disgusting !!

  24. Thomas Paine on June 17th, 2021 2:47 pm

    Hooray for more political grandstanding! When all else fails, pull up those jackboots and start parading. Maybe daddy Trump will drop you a few scraps from his table.

    How about enacting policies that would humanely curtail illegal immigration?

  25. Tessy on June 17th, 2021 2:01 pm

    For all of you that think Florida answering a call for help for another state is not a good idea, you must not have a very good memory. Did you see all those different power trucks and out of state line workers, that came to answer our calls for help after the hurricanes. When other states are in need, regardless of what kind of help the need, we as Floridians should definitely help. We sure need our share of help. And securing our southern boarders should be important to ever United States citizen.

  26. Lou on June 17th, 2021 1:53 pm

    Booths on the ground. The only solution to fight the war on drugs affecting thousands in our nation. Suits and diplomats just sugar cover the problem. Kudos to the governor and the great men and woman in uniform.

  27. Paul on June 17th, 2021 11:06 am

    If I was in charge I would make the ones hiring and housing them pay to deport them.

  28. Kate on June 17th, 2021 10:42 am

    These law enforcement officers cannot do anything in another state. That’s just he idiot who wants to run for President one day mouthing off. Biden doesn’t want open borders. You people are ridiculous. Crazy to say the least. The radiocal left, what the heck do you think Desantis and other republicans are doing.

  29. Doesn’t matter on June 17th, 2021 10:32 am

    People, come on. This isn’t going to help. US policy is the problem. It has nothing to do with whether there are enough cops on the border. Policy is what fails us. It doesn’t matter how many cops you send to the border, if they’re just going to be picking up border crossers and hauling them deeper into the US and handing them a summons to appear for a court date, then the problem will persist. They never show for the summons. Or if they actually deport them, they just turn around and come back. They keep coming back over and over until they make it across. We lost the border battle. It’s over folks. We lost. Get over it and enjoy the decline.

    Ask me how I know. Here’s a hint: I was in Southern Arizona for part of my Army service (2011).

  30. EMD on June 17th, 2021 10:15 am

    Thank God for a Governor that loves his country. Thank you for standing and not folding, Gov. De Santis.

  31. formerresident on June 17th, 2021 9:15 am

    I think it is time to move back to Florida! Florida citizens should be PROUD of who they elected and what he is doing for the residents of that great state. It is going to take the individual states stepping up and doing what they need to do to protect state borders and hopefully – enough can come together to protect national borders since the Biden administration appears clueless!

  32. Rasheed Jackson on June 17th, 2021 8:44 am

    @ Joseph,
    According to the article much of the problems we are facing in Florida are originating from the open border policies. What is not on the article is, the drug cartel using the migrants, once they are established here, as their pipeline of distribution. Many of these migrants have paid for travel here with cash, and by offering their services to the cartel as payment, and that payment is them helping with the distribution of drugs and moving illegals through the country. They are basically building a human pipeline.
    What the media shows are the poor children being abandoned at the border. These kids are sent here so they can be the first link in the never-ending process of Chain Migration for a family. Another thing the media does not report is the fact that girls as young as 11 have showed up unattended and in most cases are on birth control because the people who sent them knew they would most probably be raped along the way. It is beyond my comprehension how any parent could subject their child to these types of conditions so they can circumvent the immigrations laws of our nation. My heart goes out to the children, and I pray for them but if we had better policies these conditions would not exist, and for that the only person responsible are those pushing this open border policy.
    The Biden administration, through their border policies, or the paucity of a policy, has created this crisis at our border. Not only has the lack of enforcement of laws opened us up to drug and cartel traffic but also the exploitation of innocent people, many of them minors.
    So, to put this into perspective, Joseph, if you had a water line burst in your home, would you first, start mopping the floor and cleaning the mess, or would you first go and shut off the supply? I think it is time we concentrated on shutting off the supply.

  33. Bill on June 17th, 2021 7:49 am

    Certainly a noble cause but the first priority should be Escambia County

  34. Paul on June 17th, 2021 7:48 am

    Meanwhile we’re having 1% motorcycle “Clubs” Pagans & Outlaws having turf wars right now in Florida..Focus on our state. That’s your job..

  35. Paul on June 17th, 2021 7:37 am

    he’s doing this to appease a guy who lost an election. Bad call. he should be more concerned about our shores in the south and crime on our streets. desantis is showing weakness..

  36. Bill M on June 17th, 2021 6:41 am

    I’ve been pleasantly surprised by our Governor. His actions have been right-on and now he’s helping the Western Governors, who aren’t getting any help from Washington.

  37. Todd on June 17th, 2021 6:30 am

    Bravo Zulu! Leading from the front as always. DeSantis 2024

  38. on target on June 17th, 2021 6:13 am

    perfect picture & this is what our country needs to do rise up come together and fix these issues . what we are seeing here is our true hero’s ( true men ) that are willing to take a stand and put faith back into our country. these men here are the ones who can go to Washington d.c. and fix and issue . escambia county has the best law enforcement in our country. all of Florida ranks at the top. Ron would make a great president .I pray for your safety and return to normal. thanks to each and everyone of you. we have you back. pensacola rocks.ok

  39. Bewildered on June 17th, 2021 6:08 am

    I am very concerned about this effort and what will happen to these law enforcement personnel. the Biden Administration might go as far as send in our military to stop them. the President and his Administration wants open borders regardless of any hardships and chaos it creates.

  40. Joseph on June 17th, 2021 5:50 am

    The ECSO is critically short of deputies with shift supervisors often sending emails begging for volunteers to come in on days off to cover districts. (No overtime pay) The Cantonment-Molino precinct is one that is frequently short staffed and asking for help.

    If the ECSO can’t adequately staff shifts to protect their own county, is it wise to send our much needed deputies to Arizona and New Mexico?

  41. JTV on June 17th, 2021 5:00 am

    The commander in chief should be fixing the problem that he created. Let’s keep our men, women and resources to protect our Florida.

  42. mnon on June 17th, 2021 3:47 am

    Best Governor the state has ever had! I love the fact he followed the real science behind covid and which allowed Florida to keep going when most states enforced Draconian rules and they faired worse than we did! I can not wait to see him run for PotUS, he has my vote any day of the week.

    I’m so glad we are going to help Texas and probably other border states to stop this illegal influx of illegal aliens that our current administration caused. We are witnessing a hostile Marxist take over of our Federal Government. Read any Marxist book and what the radical left is doing is play by play Marxism and sleepy Joe is caving to this “progressive” left.. I just call them Marxist, not progressive at all, more like regressive and some of you reading this voted for it! I hope you are enjoying what you voted for.

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