DeSantis makes rare request for statewide grand jury on immigration issues in Florida
Ron DeSantis vows to keep restaurants open during COVID-19 at a news conference on Dec. 15, 2020, at Okeechobee Steakhouse in West Palm Beach, Florida. - Michael Laughlin/South Florida Sun Sentinel/TNS

TALAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday asked the Florida Supreme Court to impanel a statewide grand jury to investigate whether families, local governments and transnational criminal organizations are conspiring to illegally bring migrants to Florida. “The purpose of the grand jury will be to investigate individuals and organizations that are actively working with foreign nationals, drug cartels and coyotes to illegally smuggle minors, some as young as 2 years old, across the border and into Florida,” DeSantis said at a news conference in Pensacola. It’s a rare use of a statewide grand...