Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday that the Biden administration’s encouragement of “lawlessness” was to blame for a murder allegedly committed by an illegal immigrant — that was first exposed by The Post.
In an appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity”, DeSantis highlighted the shocking case of Yery Noel Medina Ulloa, who authorities say pretended to be 17 to get into the US and is charged with murdering the Jacksonville man who took him in.
“Unfortunately there was a tragic situation — one of the illegals that Biden flew in committed a murder in Florida recently,” DeSantis told host Sean Hannity.
“That individual who died would be alive had Biden not been doing this,” the governor said of 46-year-old victim Francisco Javier Cuellar. “So this is really serious stuff.”
DeSantis suggested that Ulloa came to the Sunshine State on one of dozens of secretive nighttime flights carrying immigrant minors. The Post previously reported on similar flights carrying underage migrants to Westchester County.
“They don’t tell us when these flights are coming in — these are flights at two in the morning,” DeSantis complained before adding: “We’re looking at ways to hold these contractors accountable who are basically the instruments of Biden’s lawlessness.”
The Biden administration has defended court challenges to its lax border policies by arguing that immigration is solely the purview of the federal government.
“If it’s a federal responsibility, what happens when the federal government totally defaults on that responsibility?” DeSantis asked. “Are they saying the states have no ability to protect themselves?”
The governor repeated that his administration was “looking at ways to be able to protect the state” and teased news “over the next few weeks.”
The Post revealed earlier this month how Ulloa, who turned 24 this month, duped border authorities in Texas by claiming he was a teenager named Reynel Alexander Hernandez when he arrived from Honduras.
His true identity was only discovered after he was busted Oct. 7 for stabbing Cuellar to death. The victim’s family has said they still do not know why Cuellar had agreed to take in the apparent stranger. It is not clear if Cuellar knew that Ulloa was not a teen.
Ulloa was found covered in blood, with a trail of it leading to Cuellar’s body in his living room, according to an arrest warrant. Home security cameras showed him “stabbing the victim numerous times and repeatedly hitting him with a chair,” the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office warrant said.
The suspect allegedly admitted to his mother and a friend that he had killed his “Uncle Francisco,” even though the two are not thought to be related.
Ulloa pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and tampering with evidence charges at his arraignment. He is due back in court on Nov. 20.