Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently issued a warning to all in Florida who might try their hand at looting those valuables left in the wake of Hurricane Ian’s trail of devastation across the Sunshine State, saying “you loot we shoot” in a statement that conservatives generally loved and the left went berserk over.
Well, Governor DeSantis had cause to get even angrier about the looting recently, as news broke that four illegal immigrants had been caught looting and arrested, though the Daily Mail notes that they were subsequently released on a $35,000 bail. Speaking about those illegal immigrant looters, looters who DeSantis said “need to be sent back to their home country,” DeSantis said:
“These are people that are foreigners; they’re illegally in our country, but, not only that, they try to loot and ransack in the aftermath of a natural disaster.
“They should be prosecuted, but they need to be sent back to their home country. They should not be here at all.”
So those looters didn’t heed the warning of Lee County Sheriff Marceno, who followed up on DeSantis’ “you loot, we shoot” comment by saying:
“For any of those individuals that think they are going to go out there and loot or prey on people during this horrific event — you better think twice. When I say zero tolerance, zero tolerance means we will hunt you down, track you down, and you’re going to jail. If you’re lucky.”
Marceno then added “I’m not playing. We’re not playing. We have law and order, and great residents will be safe and secure. We’ve had arrests on these incidents. You might walk in, you’ll be carried out.”
Perhaps they had reason to not heed the warning, as only some of that tough-sounding threat was borne out. The four illegals, Valerie Celeste Salcedo Mena (26), Brandon Mauricio Araya (20), Steve Eduardo Sanchez Araya (20), and Omar Mejia Ortiz (33), were arrested after being found looting an unoccupied building.
But then they were let off after paying a $35,000 bail each, with their court date being scheduled for October 31st. No shooting. No hunting them down or tracking them down. No one was “carried out.” Just tossing them in jail for a bit and then telling them to come back later. Perhaps that’s what the American (in)justice system requires, but it’s hardly as tough or as much of a deterrent as Governor DeSantis and Sheriff Marceno intended.
The Daily Mail, reporting on their being let off after paying the bonds and what they were doing that got them arrested in the first place, reported that:
The four men were arrested on charges of burglary of an unoccupied structure during a state of emergency, according to online jail records.
The individuals, aged between 20 and 33, were booked for ransacking devastated homes and businesses on Fort Myers Beach while they suffered in the wake of the raging torrent.
All four looters were arrested on September 29 – but documents reveal that they were released after posting $35,000 bonds each.
We’ll see how DeSantis responds to the situation once Florida gets back on its feet following the hurricane and he has more time to deal with issues such as this.