Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a bill prohibiting sanctuary cities in the Sunshine State.
Upon officially applying ink to Senate Bill 168 — titled “Federal Immigration Enforcement“ — Gov. DeSantis tweeted on Friday how proud he was to ensure that Florida remains free of sanctuary city locales and the aiding and abetting for which they’re known.
Earlier this year, I made a promise that we would ban sanctuary cities in Florida and today we are delivering on that promise. I am proud to sign the bill presented to me by the FL Legislature to uphold the rule of law and ensure that our communities are safe. pic.twitter.com/xKQDOPRBHx
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) June 14, 2019
On May 2, 2019, voting on Bill 168 passed the House with 68 yeas and 45 nays; it also passed the Senate with 22 yeas and 18 nays.
The bill outlaws so-called sanctuary city policies and enables “law enforcement agencies to use best efforts to support the enforcement of federal immigration law” — contrary to the “Abolish ICE” dogma we have seen among sanctuary jurisdictions across the American landscape.
In essence, unlike California’s sanctuary state declaration and its myriad woes, now Florida’s local governments in all of its 67 counties are banned from providing sanctuary to illegal immigrants.
Detainers for deportation are a go. County deputies and municipal police officers will enjoy the solidarity with federal agents, especially as it relates to enforcement of immigrations laws.
Although the Miami Herald correctly reported there are currently no sanctuary “cities” in the state of Florida (the new bill is a preemptive strike), there are, however, remaining dissenters.
The new illegal immigration enforcement endorsement is a tremendous achievement, as none of Florida’s cities can circumvent federal immigration laws like other cities elsewhere allow.
Three Florida counties claim sanctuary status.
I found one listed among the roles kept by the Center for Immigration Studies — Alachua County was named.
In another site, Dopplr listed both Clay County and Hernando County as sanctuaries.
Seems there’s more work to be done.
But the new illegal immigration enforcement endorsement is a tremendous achievement, as none of Florida’s cities can circumvent federal immigration laws like other cities elsewhere allow.
Otherwise, Florida is currently mostly free from sanctuary jurisdictions, and Gov. DeSantis clearly intends to keep it that way via preemptive measures, such as the Federal Immigration Enforcement statute.
Stephen Owsinski, an OpsLens content manager and contributor, is a retired law enforcement officer whose career included assignments in the Uniformed Patrol Division and Field Training Officer (FTO) unit. He is currently a researcher and writer. This OpsLens piece is used by permission.