A Republican bill on Thursday banning sanctuary policies that protect undocumented immigrants has passed in the Florida Legislature. This bill will require law enforcement officials to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. It will further ensure local officials honor U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers for undocumented immigrants arrested or convicted of a crime.
Local governments will not be allowed to create sanctuary policies to protect those immigrants from deportation and require them to notify ICE when an inmate subject to a detainer is released.
The bill passed the House on a 68-45 vote with Democrats opposed, shortly after it cleared the Senate by a 22-18 mostly party-line vote, as the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported.
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has supported the measure and is expected to sign it into law.
He stated, “We are a stronger state when we protect our residents, foster safe communities and respect the work of law enforcement at every level.”
Rep. Elizabeth Fetterhoff, R-DeLand, says the bill is not an anti-immigrant bill and would be dangerous to make such an assumption. She goes on to remind some in this nation who have forgotten, America is a nation of immigrants, but also one with laws.
Protests from the American Civil Liberties Union warn immigrants against traveling to Florida. The group is expected to lead a lawsuit with hopes to stop the bill. Of course, there are outcries from all over the state regarding the ban.
If I were from Florida, I would celebrate that dangerous illegal aliens will now avoid coming to my state. If this bill succeeds and is passed into law, Florida just became a little safer, and that ‘s a good thing.
I am interested to see how many states will follow Florida in the Sanctuary city ban. I am also curious as to whether the states which have Sanctuary cities, will soon be dropping their Sanctuary city policy.
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