The Florida House has just delivered a devastating blow to sanctuary cities.
Washington Examiner reported that the Florida House of Representatives voted Wednesday to ban “sanctuary cities” from the state.
The Republican-led House voted 69-47 in favor of a bill would mandate local law enforcement coordinate with federal authorities in identifying illegal immigrants. Although there are no sanctuary cities in the Sunshine State, this bill would ban the future formation of any.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signaled support for such legislation in the past and a similar bill is in the state Senate, which is also Republican-controlled and has a 23-17 majority.
The Florida pro-immigration groups are up in arms over the bill, which seeks to end sanctuary cities in the state.
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida House has passed a high-profile Republican bill requiring local law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal immigration authorities and banning so-called “sanctuary city” policies that shield immigrants who are arrested.
The GOP-led House voted 69-47 along party lines Wednesday for the measure, sending it over to the Senate where a similar bill is pending.
Florida doesn’t currently have any formal “sanctuary cities” like those in other states. The bill sponsored by GOP Rep. Cord Byrd of Jacksonville Beach would require local authorities to honor federal immigration detainer requests that can lead to a person’s deportation.
The bill prompted the American Civil Liberties Union to warn immigrants against traveling to Florida and triggered protests around the state. Democrats failed in attempts to weaken the bill or create exceptions.