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Ron DeSantis fights back against Biden illegal immigrant flights: Devine

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Ron DeSantis fights back against Biden illegal immigrant flights: Devine

Now that the City Council has generously granted noncitizens the vote, it should be obvious why President Biden has laid out the welcome mat to migrants at the southern border. Today’s illegal migrant is tomorrow’s Democratic voter, goes the calculus, and pesky formalities like citizenship just delay the glorious process. 

Fittingly, one of Mayor de Blasio’s last acts of vandalism against the city will be to sign this abomination into law. 

Cue Gov. Ron DeSantis, who plans to deport illegal migrants flown secretly into Florida from the southern border by the Biden administration. 

Destination: Delaware, the president’s home state, or Martha’s Vineyard, Barack Obama’s holiday paradise. 

“If you sent [them] to Delaware or Martha’s Vineyard, that border would be secure the next day,” DeSantis said Friday. 

To that end, he allocated $8 million in last week’s state budget to fly the migrants back to elite Democrat enclaves, including Washington, DC. 

It was a masterful piece of trolling, but with a serious purpose that other states should emulate. 

After all, we know from open-source flight maps that “Biden Air” has been secreting illegal migrants all over the country, not just sending them to White Plains, but to Jacksonville, Fla., Alexandria, Va., Chattanooga, Tenn., Long Beach, Calif., and other destinations far and wide. 

If the federal government is intent on keeping the southern border open and refuses to notify states when it dumps a new bunch of unvetted, unvaccinated migrants on their doorstep, it is up to governors to stand up for their communities and stop their services being overwhelmed by the influx. 

A plane with immigrants from the southern border arriving early in the morning in White Plains, New York on October 15, 2021
A plane with immigrants from the southern border arriving early in the morning in White Plains, New York on October 15, 2021.
Christopher Sadowski

Ever since the Post revealed that charter planes packed with illegal migrants were being secretly flown from border towns in Texas and Arizona into Westchester via Jacksonville, DeSantis has been on the warpath. 

Unlike New York authorities who ignored the story, DeSantis snapped into action and enacted laws to “protect Floridians from the Biden Border Crisis.” 

“You’re having 200,000 people illegally enter every month. That’s a medium-sized American city every month coming in illegally,” he said. 

One of the smartest measures he announced last week was a crackdown on companies and nongovernmental organizations that facilitate illegal immigration into his state. 

“Whether it’s buses, or charter planes [anyone] involved in facilitating this type of illegal migration in the state of Florida [will be] barred from doing any business with any state or local government agency . . . We just cannot be doing contracts with companies that are knowingly and recklessly facilitating bringing people into our state illegally.” 

DeSantis is planning on deporting illegal immigrants secretly brought to Florida to places like President Biden's home state of Delaware.
DeSantis is planning on deporting illegal immigrants secretly brought to Florida to places like President Biden’s home state of Delaware.
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DeSantis also will demand “restitution” from any private entity that transports or “harbors” illegal migrants, in order to pay for the extra cost of law enforcement, health and other services “because when you have a huge number of people, that costs a lot of money for taxpayers.” 

Florida also will not provide taxpayer benefits to anyone who arrives illegally. 

As a deterrent to illegal migration, Florida also will ramp up enforcement of the law banning employers from hiring workers not authorized to work in the United States. 

DeSantis also issued an emergency rule to prevent foster homes and other agencies in Florida catering to illegal-migrant minors unless the state has a proper agreement with the federal government, because he says local kids are missing out. 

“The problem is that it’s much more lucrative to take foreigners into these places than it is to help our own kids here in Florida. For instance, it’s $158 for a foster kid but its $500 to $1,400 if someone’s illegally here from a foreign country, and we want to make sure that those . . . facilities are going to [help] people in Florida that need the help.” 

He says 78 “Biden Air” flights arrived in Florida between June and September with an average of 36 “unaccompanied minors” on each flight, all without the state’s consent or any advance notice. 

A group of immigrants waiting to board a bus after arriving in New York from the southern border.
A group of immigrants waiting to board a bus after arriving in New York from the southern border.
Christopher Sadowski

While the Biden administration has claimed its migrant flights around the country carry only children, a number of passengers observed by The Post on two planes that landed in White Plains in October looked to be men in their 20s. 

Sure enough, a 24-year-old Honduran immigrant charged with murder in the brutal stabbing death of a Florida man is believed to have crossed the southern border illegally posing as an unaccompanied minor before being flown into Jacksonville on one of the Biden flights. 

The clandestine flights into White Plains stopped after The Post’s reports, and DeSantis’ office says the Jacksonville flights stopped six weeks ago, around the time that the Honduran murder case started to get media attention. 

But illegal migrants keep flooding over the southern border — 1.8 million this year at last count. The only reason the Biden administration gets away with facilitating this invasion is that states, both red and blue, are helping to hide the evidence.

Hizzoner’s low-crime fantasy

Lame duck Mayor Bill de Blasio went on Fox News Sunday morning to boast about what a great job he has done “reducing” crime in the city. 

“And we did it bringing police and community closer together,” he said with a straight face. 

Stop gaslighting. Anyone who lives in this city knows violent crime is out of control, including terrifying subway and street attacks that ruin our quality of life. New Yorkers — especially women — are limiting their movements, if they’re not leaving the city altogether. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio claimed that his administration has been “reducing” crime in New York City.
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A typical snapshot of Hell’s Kitchen last week saw a homeless man give an elderly lady a casual shove as he walked by in broad daylight. Her head hit the gutter as she fell. A friend who came across the aftermath of the gratuitous assault went to find the closest police officers to give them a description of the assailant, but they couldn’t have cared less. 

It’s hard to blame them. Left to hang in the breeze by Mayor Putz, cops have been stripped of legal immunity so now they can be maliciously sued by anyone they arrest. Progressive prosecutors have combined with lawmakers to further thwart their efforts to get bad guys off the street. 

No wonder more than half the Big Apple’s cops wish they had never joined the force, according to a leaked internal NYPD survey obtained by The Post last month. About 80 percent of 6,000 respondents feared that fighting crime could lead to lawsuits, criminal liability or discipline charges, so many spend their days staring at their phones. 

Arrests might be down due to a demoralized force but the latest NYPD crime statistics show that major crime increased by 21.3 percent last month anyway, compared with November 2020. Robbery was up 24.1 percent and Felony Assault was up 11.2 percent. 

Hate crimes against Asians were up a whopping 357 percent in a year. 

De Blasio is quick to blame the pandemic but makes no mention of the $1 billion stripped from the police budget in his party’s Defund The Police orgy last year. Anyone this delusional needs to be in a straitjacket, not gearing up for a run at the governorship.

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Sports world reacts to John Madden’s death

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Sports world reacts to John Madden’s death

Legendary NFL coach and broadcaster John Madden died Tuesday morning at 85, the NFL announced. News of the football icon’s passing hit Twitter on Tuesday evening, and athletes, coaches and broadcasters from across the sports world reacted.

Fellow broadcasting legend Dick Vitale, who is currently battling cancer, called Madden “the greatest analyst of all time of any sport” in his Twitter tribute.

Former Yankees pitcher and notable Raiders fan CC Sabathia said “your legacy will live forever.” Madden coached the then-Oakland Raiders from 1969-78, a couple of years before Sabathia, a Vallejo, California native, was born. Lakers star LeBron James had similar words about Madden’s lasting legacy, adding an infinity emoji.

Former tennis star and social justice activist Billie Jean King recalled meeting Madden as a “privilege.”

Radio voice of the Rangers Kenny Albert, a five-sport broadcaster who’s been with FOX Sports since its inception in 1994, shared a photo circa 26 years ago to remember Madden.

ESPN’s Bomani Jones took a bit of a shot at current color commentators, noting that Madden “set an unreachable standard.”

Frank Caliendo, who’s made a career out of impersonations, including one for Madden, said he was surprised how emotional he felt.

Several football players, and others, including Saints running back Mark Ingram II and former Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, credited Madden with being part of the reason why they love football.

Rams wide receiver and NFL MVP contender Cooper Kupp quote the late coach in his tribute: “The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.”

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Miles McBride’s Knicks role will lessen with Kemba Walker’s resurgence

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Miles McBride’s Knicks role will lessen with Kemba Walker’s resurgence

MINNEAPOLIS — The Knicks got back another body in rookie point guard Miles McBride, who was cleared from protocols Tuesday and rejoined the team in Minnesota.

But there is no longer any hype for the rookie’s return. Kemba Walker is back as the starting point guard and coming off winning Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors with four standout games, including his Christmas Day spectacular. The Knicks have gone 2-2 since Walker regained the starting job.

“It’s great,’’ coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He had a great week. He’s playing great basketball. The team winning helps him get recognized and he was a big part of driving that winning. It’s great for the team.’’

McBride was also spectacular in his last outing before getting COVID-19, when he played the entire second half Dec. 16 in Houston and seemingly earned a spot in the rotation. In fact, McBride had strung together two decent outings before he was ruled out. But things have changed since his emergence and McBride is likely back to being a bit player.

Without a practice, McBride wasn’t even expected to see time when the Knicks faced the Timberwolves to kick off a four-game road trip.

Miles McBride
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Of course, with Walker’s arthritic knee, anything is possible. The Knicks play Detroit on Wednesday in a back-to-back, so it’s uncertain whether Walker will complete both contests. In addition, Immanuel Quickley is out of COVID-19 protocols but Thibodeau wasn’t sure he was ready for meaningful minutes.

That left Walker against the depleted Timberwolves, who were missing their three top players (Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell), all because of COVID-19 .

Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker
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When McBride got sidelined by the virus and Derrick Rose needed ankle surgery, Walker was resurrected by Thibodeau and it’s been a stunning comeback story.

Though Thibodeau has clear reservations about Walker based on his nine-game banishment due to his defensive malaise as an undersized point guard, he admitted after the Christmas Day triple-double against Atlanta that Walker is playing “much more aggressive.”

Walker’s triple-double that featured 10 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds was a lot different than his prior outing, when he scored 44 points against Washington.

“I thought his passing was terrific,’’ Thibodeau said before the Knicks resumed their schedule.

“Kemba had control of the game. The game tells you what to do. That’s what I loved about the way he played. I don’t think he forced anything. They puts size on him and were aggressive in their pick-and-roll coverage. He didn’t fight it. He attacked pressure the way you like to attack pressure. You don’t fight pressure with pressure. Don’t try to split it. Get rid of it, go to the backside. Let the game tell you what to do.’’

The Knicks coach is finally seeing all the elements of what Walker can do. Before his demotion, Walker was nothing more than a no-defense, 3-point shooter whose plus-minus was an abysmal minus-122.

Thibodeau was also concerned about his durability in sitting out two of the three back-to-back sets. The last load management game in Atlanta in late November triggered Thibodeau’s decision.

But now it’s only superlatives from Thibodeau in judging the last four games.

“Sometimes it’s going to be his shooting, sometimes it’s his penetration and getting in the paint to force a collapse and sometimes they’re being aggressive with their traps get rid of the ball quickly,’’ Thibodeau said. “The overall play, his rebounding. When your guards rebound, those are key to fast breaks. The more guard rebounding we get the better we can be. ‘’

The Knicks still have three players in protocols — centers Nerlens Noel and Jericho Sims and the newly infected Wayne Selden. Quickley and Kevin Knox were cleared on Christmas but were held out for conditioning.

No matter. The Knicks go as Kemba goes.

“He’s much more aggressive,’’ Thibodeau said. “That was the challenge. At the beginning of the year he and Evan were two new starters. Sometimes guys are trying to fit in. he’s being very aggressive which is the way we want him to play. Not deferring at all. When he and Julius [Randle] are aggressive like that our team is different.’’

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Zach Wilson and Tom Brady

When Zach Wilson stares across the MetLife Stadium field at the opposite sideline this Sunday, it won’t be Trevor Lawrence he’ll be looking at as his game-day counterpart.

Lawrence, drafted by Jacksonville one spot before the Jets selected Wilson at No. 2 overall last April, is a contemporary.

This Sunday at MetLife, the Jets rookie quarterback won’t be staring at a contemporary on the other sideline. He’ll be staring at the GOAT.

Tom Brady.

The bar raises dramatically for Wilson and the Jets, who are coming off of their feel-good, get-well win over the woeful Jaguars and Lawrence this past Sunday.

Brady and Buccaneers, who are 11-4, NFC South division champions and seeking to repeat as Super Bowl champions, play the Jets, who are 4-11 and seeking more signs of development from their rookie quarterback.

To say this is a step up in competition for Wilson and the Jets going from Lawrence and the Jags to Brady and the Bucs is as obvious as pointing out that Tampa Bay receiver Antonio Brown has had a few off-the-field incidents during his otherwise stellar NFL career.

There hasn’t been a lot to keep the interest of the Jets fan this season — other than watching Wilson’s development. That took an unfortunate pause for the four games Wilson missed with a knee injury, but he’s been back for five games and has looked like a better quarterback, throwing only two interceptions in those games (none in the last three) since returning from his injury.

The problem, though, is that Wilson hasn’t been producing enough touchdowns, throwing for three of them and rushing for four others in the past five games.

Zach Wilson and Tom Brady
Zach Wilson and Tom Brady
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Baby steps, though.

Wilson was the better quarterback this past Sunday when matched up with Lawrence, who threw for more yards than Wilson did, but Wilson ran for 91 yards, including his electric 52-yard scoring jaunt, and made key throws when he needed them.

Wilson will not win Sunday’s game against Brady and the Bucs throwing for the 102 yards he had against the Jaguars. He and the Jets will need more.

Consider this: Brady enters the game having thrown 37 TD passes and for 4,580 yards this season and averages a league-high 305.2 passing yards per game.

Then this: The Buccaneers average 29.5 points per game this season, second most in the NFL.

And this: Wilson doesn’t have a single 300-yard passing game, averages 183 passing yards per game and has thrown seven TD passes in 11 games.

Seven TD passes is a pedestrian two-game total for Brady.

Wilson and the Jets are playing with house money anyway in what always has been a developmental season, so Sunday against Brady should, at its very least, be a great measuring-stick learning experience for Wilson, who’s studied Brady on tape.

Wilson revealed this month that he watched film of Brady before the Jets played the Eagles on Dec. 5 in an effort to pick up tips on how Brady worked against the Eagles defense when he played them earlier in the season.

“I thought it was really cool to see kind of how he went through his whole process, how he navigated the pocket, different things like that,” Wilson said at the time.

On Sunday, Wilson gets to see that process up close as Brady tries to dissect a Jets defense that has yielded 29.9 points per game this season, the most in the NFL.

That puts an added onus on Wilson to produce on the other side of the ball, because he knows Brady is going to get his. Wilson will likely need to produce four TDs — any way he can — for the Jets to simply remain competitive with the Super Bowl champs.

That’s a lot to ask of a 22-year-old kid who’s produced just 11 TDs in his 11 starts, up against Brady, who’s thrown 618 TD passes and for 83,784 yards in his remarkable career.

It, too, is a lot to ask playing against an aggressive Tampa Bay defense that’s ranked No. 9 in the NFL in points allowed (20.8 per game) and is led by former Jets head coach Todd Bowles, who’d surely like to send a holiday message to his former employer.

If you don’t think Bowles will be blitzing the bejesus out of Wilson, then you probably think Antonio Brown is a living saint.

The good news for the Jets is that Wilson has shown incremental improvements, particularly when it comes to his decision-making and quicker releases on his throws.

“He’s coming along, he’s getting more comfortable, he’s calmer back there,’’ Jets coach Robert Saleh said Monday. “He’s in a great headspace and it’s going to be fun to watch him grow, continue to grow.’’

A big part of that growth will take place this Sunday as he watches the GOAT operate from the opposite sideline at MetLife.

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