Sunday Talks, Governor Ron DeSantis Discusses Illegal Alien Crisis, Reckless ICE Policies and Current Legislative Defenses

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis appears with Maria Bartiromo to discuss the current crisis at the border and how reckless the ICE and Border Patrol policies are by the JoeBama administration.  DeSantis points out the issues with criminal aliens not being deported and how sanctuary cities are a dangerous incentive for more illegal migration.

The Florida governor discusses how lawsuits by Florida are progressing and gives an update on the election reform bill currently going through the Florida Senate.  Of note, DeSantis stresses the importance of signature verification and ID to vote in elections as well as the efforts underway to prohibit ballot-harvesting.  Additionally, DeSantis talks about the battle against multinational corporations influencing legislation and the Big Tech censorship issue.

The governor reemphasizes the intent of Florida law to block vaccination passports and drawing “a line in the sand” based on privacy; while highlighting the effective COVID controls instituted by his administration.   Overall, a strong policy interview, WATCH:

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Corporate media continue to attack Ron DeSantis because they know the risk he represents to the far-left agenda they support.

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Justice Department Sues Roger Stone, Alleging He Owes Nearly $2 Million in Unpaid Taxes

Plaintiff, the United States of America, brings this civil action to reduce to judgment and collect unpaid federal income tax liabilities owed by Defendants Roger J. Stone and Nydia B. Stone (collectively “Roger and Nydia Stone” or “the Stones”) for the years 2007 through 2011 and 2018. Drake Ventures LLC (“Drake Ventures”) is liable for these tax liabilities as an alter ego of the Stones. Similarly, the United States asserts a claim against the Bertran Family Revocable Trust (“Bertran Trust”), which holds title to the condominium where the Stones reside— (the “Stone Residence”)—as their nominee.

Although they used funds held in Drake Ventures accounts to pay some of their taxes, the Stones’ use of Drake Ventures to hold their funds allowed them to shield their personal income from enforced collection and fund a lavish lifestyle despite owing nearly $2 million in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties.

However, Stone reportedly said his tax bill has been public knowledge for a long time, and described the claims of his lavish lifestyle as “a laughable joke,” according to the New York Post.

“This is yet another example of the Democrats weaponizing the Justice Department in violation of the rule of law. I will fight these politically motivated charges and I will prevail again,” he commented.

In December, former President Donald Trump issued pardons to sixteen people, including Stone.

“Trump also pardoned political operative Roger Stone, after commuting his prison sentence in July, citing the unfair investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller,” Breitbart News reported.

The lawsuit alleged the Stones “used Drake Ventures to receive payments that are payable to Roger Stone personally, pay their personal expenses, shield their assets, and avoid reporting taxable income to the IRS.”

The case is United States v. Stone, No. 0:21-cv-25 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Joins YouTube Alternative ‘Rumble’ Following Google Censorship

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has reportedly joined a growing YouTube alternative called Rumble in response to Google’s recent removal of a video featuring DeSantis and a number of Ivy League-educated medical experts discussing the negative effects of ongoing lockdowns.

Reclaim The Net reports that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has joined the growing video sharing platform Rumble and created a new channel on the platform where he plans to post video updates and live streams. The decision to join the platform comes shortly after DeSantis found some of his own content censored by Google-owned YouTube.

YouTube recently removed a video of DeSantis discussing the negative effects of ongoing pandemic-related lockdowns with a number of Ivy League-educated medical experts.

In a statement on DeSantis joining the platform, Rumble CEO Chris Pavlovski commented:

Gov. Ron DeSantis is a longtime proponent of free speech and has been at the forefront of the effort to demonopolize Big Tech.

He understands firsthand Americans’ distrust of monolithic tech companies and the danger they pose to free expression and free markets. In fact, YouTube recently removed from its platform a video of the governor and a handful of Ivy League-educated medical experts discussing the downsides of prolonged pandemic-related lockdowns.

Rumble, on the other hand, invites robust and civic dialogue on our platform, including Gov. DeSantis’ insights and expertise.

DeSantis’ new Rumble channel features several clips from DeSantis himself, former White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Scott Atlas, epidemiologist Dr. Martin Kulldorff, and professor of medicine Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, all discussing various topics such as the censorship of medical opinion and the effects of the coronavirus.

All of the individuals featured in the clips have recently faced censorship from Silicon Valley tech giants and were part of the discussion with DeSantis that was removed by YouTube. The original video of the discussion had received more than half a million views on YouTube before being removed.

Read more at Reclaim The Net here.

Lucas Nolan is a reporter for Breitbart News covering issues of free speech and online censorship. Follow him on Twitter @LucasNolan or contact via secure email at the address lucasnolan@protonmail.com

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Florida Legislature passes ‘anti-riot’ bill

The GOP-controlled Florida Senate on Thursday passed a controversial “anti-riot” bill, sending it to the desk of Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who began advocating for the bill last year following the unrest that hit many U.S. cities last summer over the deaths of Black people at the hands of police.

The legislation—H.B. 1—would strengthen and create new penalties for crimes committed during a “riot” or violent protest. It would also punish local governments that interfere with law enforcement’s efforts to control riots and establish a citizen’s appeal process when cities and counties attempt to reduce police budgets in response to riots.

This measure was passed the same week as a new wave of Black Lives Matter protests have hit a Minneapolis suburb after a recent high-profile killing of a Black man, Daunte Wright, by police. These protests have seen some violent clashes between protesters and law enforcement, as well as destruction of property.

RELATED: Over 60 arrested during second night of riots in Minnesota

While the bill’s supporters have argued this bill is about “law and order,” opponents have charged that H.B. 1 restricts the freedoms of speech and peaceful assembly and that it’s meant to attack the Black Lives Matter movement, something which H.B. 1 supporters have denied.

“Can I tell you that this bill is not about racism? Not entirely, I can’t know,” said GOP Senator Ed Hooper, according to CBS News. “But I do believe in my heart that, at the end of the day, we are a nation and a country of law and order.”

Opposing H.B. 1, the American Civil Liberties Union said the legislation would give police broad discretion over what’s deemed a protest and a riot, per CBS News.

“The bill was purposely designed to embolden the disparate police treatment we have seen over and over again directed towards Black and brown people who are exercising their constitutional right to protest,” said Micah Kubic, the executive director of ACLU of Florida, according to CBS News.

The bill passed 23-17, mostly along party lines after more than two hours of heated debate. Only one Republican senator, Jeffrey Brandes, voted against it.

After the bill’s final passage Thursday evening, DeSantis said he looked forward to signing the bill. According to NBC News, he is expected to do so as early as next week.

“This legislation strikes the appropriate balance of safeguarding every Floridian’s constitutional right to peacefully assemble, while ensuring that those who hide behind peaceful protest to cause violence in our communities will be punished,” the governor said in a statement. “Further, this legislation ensures that no community in the state engages in defunding of their police.”

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @DouglasPBraff.

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DeSantis Derangement Syndrome: MSNBC’s Joy Reid Insinuates Governor Was Involved In Alleged Sex Trafficking

When discussing the ongoing Justice Department investigation into whether Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., broke federal sex trafficking laws, MSNBC’s Joy Reid and Glenn Kirschner baselessly speculated over whether Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had involvement.

Reid and Kirschner were discussing a report from Politico Wednesday about an alleged trip to the Bahamas in 2018 involving Gaetz, GOP fundraiser Jason Pirozzolo, and former Florida state Rep. Halsey Beshears. At the time, Gaetz was a top adviser to candidate DeSantis.

“If you’re Ron DeSantis, does it feel like it’s creeping closer to you?” Reid said. “Because these are your friends, these are your allies.”

“You have to believe that DeSantis, I mean, these are his boys, these are his guys, right we’ve seen the pictures, we’ve seen the stories,” Kirschner said. “You have to believe that Ron DeSantis, if he has done anything wrong, feels like things are creeping closer and closer to him.”

Notwithstanding that the Gaetz investigation is ongoing and Democratic politicians have been eager to ignore due process, given the Florida Democratic Party already demanded his resignation, the attempt to loop DeSantis in with zero evidence whatsoever is demonstrative of the media’s disdain for the governor.

In early April, CBS’ “60 Minutes” produced a deceptively edited report on DeSantis, claiming he was involved in a pay-to-play Publix grocery store conspiracy that has been debunked on a bipartisan level. The network notably left out several minutes of footage of DeSantis denying the reporter’s narrative. They also failed to request some interviews with key figures, while intentionally leaving other interviews out. CBS’ Sharyn Alfonsi doubled down on the reporting and mocked readers last week for having objections to the conspiracy.

This latest attempt to smear DeSantis by claiming “things are creeping closer and closer” to him is telling of the frantic and conspiratorial state of corporate media.

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Poll: Americans Say Washington D.C. ‘Swamp’ Is The Worst Place To Live In The U.S.

A poll released on Tuesday found that Americans think the District of Columbia is the worst place to live in the United States.

YouGov surveyed 1,211 U.S. adults and had them continuously rank states in comparison to one another. Respondents only saw each state one time, and were asked to then identify which state is preferable in head-to-head matchups. Washington D.C., which was included but is not a state, barreled out at number 51, with an abysmal win percentage of 35 percent.

The results of the study are not all that shocking. Aside from being home to a central government and elite bureaucratic class that has favored lockdowns, D.C. was reported in 2020 to have far-and-away the highest rate of homelessness per 10,000 people in the U.S. While Hawaii came in at 45.6 per capita and New York at 46.9 per capita — D.C. displayed an astounding 90.4 per capita. Worse, 66 percent of the homeless population in D.C. were residents prior to sinking into poverty — demonstrating the failures of those in power to institute policies that promote law and order, public safety, and fiscal policy that doesn’t strip power from the individual citizen.

The YouGov researchers claim “Americans might be rejecting the political divisiveness” of Washington D.C., as speculation over why it fared so poorly in comparison to the rest of the nation. Nearby Virginia ranked third in the nation, winning 64 percent of head-to-head matchups, with Colorado coming in at second with a 65 percent win rate, and Hawaii at number one with a 69 percent win rate.

In 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump ran on “draining the swamp,” a message that resonated with voters and propelled him to the presidency. Even with four years of Trump, “the swamp” shows no sign of changing — as the Biden White House is on track to sign more executive orders than any president since Franklin D. Roosevelt, according to the American Presidency Project.

While there is no definitively provided rationale for why Americans ranked D.C. as the worst place to live in the nation, it is curious that Trump’s critiques of D.C. are reflected in a nonpartisan poll.

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Rick Scott Blasts NCAA For Threatening To Withdraw Championships From Florida Over Transgender Sports Ban

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is threatening to pull championship games from states that ban biological men from playing womens’ sports.

“When determining where championships are held, NCAA policy directs that only locations where hosts can commit to providing an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination should be selected,” the NCAA Board of Governors wrote in a statement.

Even though Florida wasn’t explicitly named, the NCAA statement was released just one day before the Florida House was set to take up its proposal clarifying that female sports teams are specifically for “biological” women and girls.

Florida U.S. Sen. Rick Scott blasted the NCAA Tuesday writing on Twitter, “The @NCAA likes to threaten FL and other states. Well, here’s a threat to the NCAA – the American people are not going to allow biological males to compete in women’s sports. It’s not going to happen.”

Scott even shot back with a warning to the NCAA: “If you keep threatening the public with your woke elitist psychobabble the NCAA will not last much longer. Florida cannot be replaced, but you can be replaced.”

Corporate activism has become a popular trend in the sports world. The MLB recently pulled its All-Star Game from Atlanta over Georgia’s new election reform law. Luckily for Floridians, Scott is publicly standing up to the woke corporatists sinking their claws into the American democratic process with economic sanctions.

Florida state senators and representatives are doing the same. In its statement, the NCAA added that they expect student-athletes to be treated with “dignity and respect,” insinuating fair, sex-separated competition would disrespect athletes. State Rep. Chris Latvala, chair of the Florida House Education Committee, fired back on Twitter, writing, “The NCAA needs to treat their own athletes with ‘dignity and respect. The women’s basketball tourney had subpar facilities and covid testing and the volleyball tournament wasn’t even going to have announcers for the first 2 [rounds.]”

The full Florida House was expected to consider the transgender sports ban on Tuesday, but, according to Florida Politico, “Senate leaders late on Monday opted to withdraw the upper chamber’s proposal from an upcoming agenda.”

The bill was then set to be heard in its final Senate committee stop Wednesday. However, hours after the NCAA’s statement, a spokeswoman for Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson tweeted that the committee’s agenda was too busy for the bill to be heard this week.

It is yet to be seen whether Florida will be able to withstand the corporate extortionists, but strong rhetoric from Scott and others paints a promising picture.

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Exclusive — Gov. Ron DeSantis Hangs ’Florida Uses E-Verify’ Signs on All Highways into Sunshine State

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has hung signs on all the major interstate highways entering Florida informing everyone traveling by road into the state that the Sunshine State has implemented E-Verify, a background check system for employers to see if prospective hires are in fact legally authorized to work in the United States.

The signs, DeSantis’s office told Breitbart News, are now visible on all three main interstate gateways into Florida along I-10, I-95, and I-75. The signs come after Florida’s legislature last year passed E-Verify measures which DeSantis signed into law last summer.

“I want all residents and visitors to receive this message: Florida Uses E-Verify,” DeSantis told Breitbart News exclusively. “For years prior to my administration, attempts to pass E-Verify legislation in Florida failed, but I would not yield until this matter was addressed. Last year, I was able to deliver on working with the Florida Legislature to get E-Verify over the finish line and signed SB 664 into law. Requiring use of an employment verification system not only places upward pressure [on] Floridians’ wages, it also protects the public safety. Assuring a legal workforce through E-Verify is crucial to upholding the rule of law and deters illegal immigration into Florida, which is more important than ever given the border crisis.”

DeSantis, whose popularity has been surging due to his handling of the coronavirus pandemic much more effectively than many Democrat governors in the northeast, with no mandates or restrictions, also noted that President Joe Biden’s handling of immigration has “been abysmal” and hurts all states, including Florida.

“The Biden Administration has been abysmal on immigration and their policies threaten to turn all states, including Florida, into border states,” DeSantis said. “Under this administration, it’s very clear we must enforce our laws and protect our residents.”

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) makes E-Verify available to every U.S. state and territory, but not all states require it or use it. Technically, from a federal perspective, E-Verify is currently voluntary, according to the program’s website.

E-Verify’s DHS government website says:

E-Verify is a web-based system that allows enrolled employers to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States. E-Verify employers verify the identity and employment eligibility of newly hired employees by electronically matching information provided by employees on the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, against records available to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). E-Verify is a voluntary program. However, employers with federal contracts or subcontracts that contain the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) E-Verify clause are required to enroll in E-Verify as a condition of federal contracting. Employers may also be required to participate in E-Verify if their states have legislation mandating the use of E-Verify, such as a condition of business licensing. Finally, in some instances employers may be required to participate in E-Verify as a result of a legal ruling. E-Verify, which is available in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, is currently the best means available to electronically confirm employment eligibility.

Florida’s new law makes it mandatory in the Sunshine State for employers, both public and private, to use E-Verify when hiring someone.

According to a January analysis published by the Orlando law firm Littler Mendelson, Florida’s new E-Verify law affects all employers in the state. For public employers—defined as “an entity within state, regional, county, local, or municipal government, whether executive, judicial, or legislative, or any public school, community college, or state university that employs persons who perform labor or services for that employer in exchange for salary, wages, or other remuneration or that enters or attempts to enter into a contract with a contractor”—they must register with and use E-Verify for all new hires.

“No public contract may be entered into unless each party to the contract registers with and uses the E-Verify system,” the analysis reads.

The analysis adds that for public employers, use of subcontractors requires signed affidavits confirming that all of the workforce are legally authorized to work in the United States.

the Littler Mendelson analysis continues:

Additionally, if a public contractor enters into a contract with a subcontractor, the subcontractor must provide the contractor with an affidavit stating that the subcontractor does not employ, contract with, or subcontract with unauthorized persons. The contractor must maintain a copy of the affidavit for the duration of the contract. A public employer that has a good-faith belief that a contractor or subcontractor knowingly violated these requirements must terminate the contract with this entity or order the contractor to terminate the contract with the subcontractor immediately. This will not be considered a “breach of contract” for contract purposes.

The new law also affects private employers, who according to the Littler Mendelson analysis of the law must:

…after making an offer of employment that has been accepted by a person, verify the person’s employment eligibility by either using the E-Verify system or requiring the person to provide the same documentation that is required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on its Employment Eligibility Verification (I-9) form.

Any private employers who go the I-9 USCIS documentation route must, per the law, maintain those records for at least three years after initially employing someone. The Littler Mendelson analysis notes that a private employer is described as any “person or entity that transacts business in this state, has a license issued by an agency, and employs persons to perform labor or services in this state in exchange for salary, wages, or other remuneration” and that there is no minimum threshold of employees that triggers the E-Verify requirements—meaning they are universal and anyone employing someone in the state of Florida must use E-Verify.

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Domenech: ‘60 Minutes’ Attack On Gov. Ron DeSantis Was ‘Intentional’

CBS’s “60 Minutes” hit on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was not only intentional but also boosted the Republican’s chances for the 2024 presidential race, said Federalist Publisher Ben Domenech on Fox News Sunday.

“I think this was totally irresponsible but also I think it was intentional,” Domenech said. “This was not, as they claimed, something that was meant to provide clarity. It was something that was used to disguise clarity in this situation.”

Telling viewers that DeSantis cut a deal with Publix, Domenech said, is a ridiculous allegation that would hold no water in any state.

DeSantis’s cooperation with Publix to offer vaccines “would be the equivalent of saying that in New York City, you are going to have Dwayne Reed offering vaccines. I mean, it’s ludicrous. The fact is that, at least according to Palm Beach County, as DeSantis pointed out, 90 percent of their seniors live within a mile and a half of a Publix,” Domenech explained, noting that his grandmother and aunt who live in Florida were forced to seek vaccines from other stores because “the line at the Publix was too long.”

CBS purposefully left out information, Domenech said, to taint Florida’s efforts to vaccinate the most vulnerable people as quickly as possible.

“This is a situation where you want to lean into providing these vaccines, and when you’re reporting about them, if you leave out all of that information that [Florida officials were] sharing, it clearly is something that is intended to deliver a narrative as opposed to delivering the facts,” Domenech said.

Corporate media’s irresponsibility in refusing to correct this story, Domenech said, improves DeSantis’s “strong” chances in the 2024 presidential race.

“He was going to be a strong 2024 presidential contender regardless, just based on his own policy performance as governor… but the media attention only furthers this and the fact that DeSantis is not someone who seems to be a shrinking violet when it comes to confronting the media,” Domenech said. “We have seen politicians come along who benefited from getting into scraps with the media and doing successfully and boldly, most recently Donald Trump. And I think that’s something that would certainly help DeSantis in future contests.”

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Florida Reports Fewer Coronavirus Cases Per Capita Than New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan

Florida continues to report fewer new cases of the Chinese coronavirus per capita than pro-lockdown blue states such as New York, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.

While the establishment media frequently criticized Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) for prioritizing individual liberty throughout the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, Florida is continuing to fare better than certain blue states in terms of reporting new cases of the virus.

Florida, which has no mask mandate in place, has reported 176.3 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days, or 37,859 cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) April 9 data.

But three blue states — Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York — have reported more cases per capita in the same time frame, despite leaving certain restrictions in place, including statewide mask mandates.

Michigan, for example, has reported 492.1 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days, or 49,141 cases. Pennsylvania has reported 230 cases per 100,000, or 29,441, in the last week as well.

As Breitbart News has continued to note, CDC data separates New York City’s data from the remainder of the state. Even so, New York, excluding the city, has reported 239.9 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days, or 26,525 cases. New York City specifically reported 289.4 cases per 100,000, or 24,303 in the same time frame. Combined, the Empire State has reported 50,828 cases in the last seven days.

Texas, which lifted coronavirus-related restrictions last month, including the statewide mask mandate which had remained in effect since last summer, is also faring far better than those blue states, reporting 64.6 new cases of the virus per 100,000 in the last seven days, or 18,731 cases total.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s chief medical advisor on the coronavirus, has failed to explain why red states are experiencing a drop in cases despite relaxing restrictions against the advice of Democrats.

“It can be confusing because you may see a lag and a delay because often, you have to wait a few weeks before you see the effect of what you’re doing right now,” Fauci said during a Tuesday appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

He continued:

You know, there are a lot of things that go into that. I mean, when you say that they’ve had a lot of the activity on the outside like ball games, I’m not really quite sure. It could be they’re doing things outdoor. You know, it’s very difficult to just one-on-one compare that. You have to see in the long-range. I hope they continue to tick down. If they do, that would be great, but there’s always the concern when you pull back on methods, particularly things like indoor dining and bars that are crowded, you can see a delay, and then all of a sudden tick right back up. We’ve been fooled before by situations where people begin to open up, nothing happens, and then all of a sudden several weeks later, things start exploding on you. So, we’ve got to be careful we don’t prematurely judge that.

While Fauci believes it may be too early to judge Texas’s trend, Gov. DeSantis lifted restrictions in the Sunshine State months ago.

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