Florida House Passes Bill Banning Sanctuary Cities

Aubrey Yates
January 13, 2018

With reported comments by President Donald Trump inflaming an already-raw immigration debate, the deeply divided Florida House on Friday passed a proposal to ban "sanctuary cities' in the state".

Though the bill received significant support in the Florida House, the measure appears dead in the Senate, which would also need to pass the legislation for it to become law.

Surrounded by House Democrats, Representative Al Jacquet made an impassioned plea for Republicans to consider possible unintended consequences.

The sanctuary bill, HB 9, allows the state to impose fines of up to $5,000 on city council members who approve sanctuary policies or refuse to cooperate with federal immigration officials.

The sponsor of Florida's bill anticipates legal challenges if it becomes law.

Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Naples, said Trump's statements were "out of bounds", but he said the bill is about following federal immigration law.

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"What we're doing is following the rule of law", Cortes said. Trump reportedly referred to the areas as "s***hole countries".

"Representative Sean Shaw said, "[The president made] remarks that should offend everyone in this room".

Jacquet's parents are from Haiti and he spent part of his childhood there.

"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".

Republicans said that they didn't agree with Trump's comments, but were voting for the bill to make sure local governments follow federal immigration laws. Sponsors named it the Rule of Law Adherence Act. She was allegedly shot by an undocumented immigrant who had previously been deported.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, has made the issue one of his priorities of the 2018 legislative session, which started Tuesday. Democrats and immigration advocates say the bill could lead to racial profiling and would force local police officers to get proof of immigration status from everyone they arrest. "Do we embrace diversity, or do we just embrace some and not others?" "The sanctuary policy. I said I never want to see this happen in the state of Florida", Metz said during his closing comments on the bill. "This is about lawful immigration and the rule of law".

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