Following the arrest of many illegal aliens in his county for looting in the wake of the catastrophic Hurricane Ian, a senior Florida sheriff declared that his area’s citizens will be protected from criminals looking to prey on them.
Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno’s remarks follow Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ warning to looters not to even consider it because of what many Floridians have inside their homes.
In Florida, DeSantis remarked, “I can assure you that you never know what may be hiding behind somebody’s home. We are a Second Amendment state, therefore I wouldn’t want to take a chance if I were you.”
Tuesday, Marceno spoke at a press conference on the detention of four alleged looters, three of whom are undocumented immigrants. Officers detained Valerie Celeste Salcedo Mena, 26, Omar Mejia Ortiz, 33, Steve Eduardo Sanchez Araya, 20, Brandon Mauricio Araya, 20, on suspicion of breaking into an uninhabited building during a time of emergency.
“When it comes to looting, Lee County is a place of law and order. We always will have law and order in our wonderful state of Florida,” added Marceno. “We currently have four cases of looting, and I’m happy to report that everyone involved is in jail, where they belong. Our inhabitants will be protected.”
Mena and the two Arayas, according to Marceno, “are here in this nation illegally.”
Marceno continued, “They were found and taken into custody. I won’t put up with it any longer.”
Marceno reiterated DeSantis’ earlier warning that looters are putting their lives in danger since so many Floridians are armed.
“I’m not having fun. We aren’t having fun. Our lovely residents will be safe and secure since there is law and order here. On these instances, there have been arrests,” Marceno continued. “Maybe you’ll enter. But y ou’ll be carried out.”
The arrests follow the detention of an illegal alien who is accused of murdering Deputy Mike Hartwick when he was on duty guarding a construction site near Interstate 275, just days before Hurricane Ian pounded the state.
DeSantis transported 50 unauthorized immigrants to Massachusetts’ Martha’s Vineyard a few days before Hartwick was slain.
In a statement at the time, a representative for DeSantis’ office stated, “Florida can confirm the two flights containing illegal immigrants that have arrived in Martha’s Vineyard today are a part of Florida’s relocation program to send illegal aliens to sanctuary areas. Encouraging illegal immigration by supporting the Biden Administration’s open border policies, and through their classification as sanctuary states, states like New York, Massachusetts, and California will better facilitate the care of these individuals who they have welcomed into our nation.”