Florida Legislature Trashed Sanctuary Cities with Brilliant Ban
On May 2, both houses of the state legislature in Florida passed a bill that banned sanctuary cities from the Sunshine State, according to the Washington Examiner.
The bill passed the state House 68-45 and the Senate 22-18.
The legislation forced “state entities, local governmental entities, and law enforcement agencies to use best efforts to support the enforcement of federal immigration law.”
The legislation also prohibited “restrictions by the entities and agencies on taking certain actions with respect to information regarding a person’s immigration status.”
Furthermore, the bill authorized “a law enforcement agency to transport an alien unlawfully present in the United States under certain circumstances.”
“I thank the Florida Legislature for presenting me with a bill that upholds the rule of law and addresses sanctuary cities and counties in Florida,” Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a tweet.
“We are a stronger state when we protect our residents, foster safe communities and respect the work of law enforcement.”
I thank the Florida Legislature for presenting me with a bill that upholds the rule of law and addresses sanctuary cities and counties in Florida. We are a stronger state when we protect our residents, foster safe communities and respect the work of law enforcement.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) May 2, 2019
During the 2018 gubernatorial campaign, DeSantis promised to outlaw sanctuary cities and locales in the state.
“If there’s a local official and it falls in the category where the governor can do this, any official engaging in that sanctuary behavior, I will remove them from their position if I’m allowed to,” DeSantis said.
There’s NOT going to be any sanctuary cities in Florida when I’m Governor! I’ve always opposed amnesty and stood up for the rule of law in our country. Cheap foreign labor is not an excuse to let lawlessness prevail in the sunshine state. We want people who come LEGALLY! pic.twitter.com/tIJwIVa1BA
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantisFL) July 6, 2018
This is unsurprisingly problematic to the opposition party:
Our state was once a place that welcomed immigrants looking for a better future. Under #SB168, Florida would become the Republicans’ deportation and family separation machine. #FlaPol https://t.co/aF0BIQtmEm
— Florida Democrats (@FlaDems) May 2, 2019
“Our state was once a place that welcomed immigrants looking for a better future. Under #SB168, Florida would become the Republicans’ deportation and family separation machine,” the Florida Democrats tweeted.
Unmentioned in that tweet? Those immigrants are here illegally. They’re only in the country because they’ve broken the law.
This apparently is something that nobody on the left wants to discuss. Even the mere act of putting the word “illegal” before “immigrant” is somehow an act of bigotry.
And yet, that’s what these individuals are: They are people who have immigrated here illegally. There’s no way to wallpaper over this fact.
They cannot be made legal citizens merely through progressive etymology; that’s not how it works.
Furthermore, creating cities where they won’t get deported if they get in legal trouble also doesn’t make these individuals legal residents, nor does it make them any less dangerous.
We don’t need sanctuary cities, period. It’s time that states took a stand against them. We applaud Gov. DeSantis for taking the necessary steps to enforce immigration law in Florida.
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