‘Sanctuary Cities’ Bill Speeds Through Senate

‘Sanctuary Cities’ Bill Speeds Through Senate

By The News Service of Florida

A Republican lawmaker’s effort to deport more undocumented immigrants detained by Florida law-enforcement agencies is quickly moving through the Senate.

The Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee on a party-line vote Tuesday approved the bill (SB 168) without being able to finish hearing testimony from members of the public, who for the most part came to protest the proposal.

Sen. Joe Gruters, who doubles as chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, is sponsoring the bill with the help of Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, and Sen. Debbie Mayfield, R-Rockledge.

Under the proposal, which is backed by Gov. Ron DeSantis and Attorney General Ashley Moody, both of them Republicans, the state would ban local governments from passing ordinances that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities. That would include preventing local governments from not honoring administrative detainers by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Such detainers require holding undocumented immigrants for at least 48 hours past their sentences while awaiting federal authorities to pick up the immigrants for deportation.

While the Senate proposal was watered down to include few sanctions on local governments, the bill says the attorney general would have the option to pursue civil actions against state or local governments that do not fully cooperate with federal immigration law. A bill (HB 527) with tougher penalties has been filed in the Florida House, but the measure, sponsored by Rep. Cord Byrd, R-Neptune Beach, and Rep. Erin Grall, R-Vero Beach, has not been heard in committees.

The House passed such a so-called sanctuary cities bill last year. The Senate version needs to clear the Rules Committee before it can go to the Senate floor.

5 Responses to "‘Sanctuary Cities’ Bill Speeds Through Senate"

  1. Here, Pat Buchanan chronicles the past, current and future plans the (D)’s have to impale the Constitution at all levels:


    and Florida’s shenanigans figure in it as well, a la Broward County literally shredding as many (R) ballots as possible. Just one of many.

    DJT’s election was a miracle. Were it not for that, and Hildabeast was elected we’d be in the EU by now. God help us next year if DJT decides to run again, but even more if he does not.

  2. Liberal heads are exploding all across Florida!!!
    Let us all pause for a moment of silence to be thankful for yet another of the many many many… many many many reasons we all have to rejoice that leftist Tom Styre – George Soros puppet/troll Andrew Gillum was NOT elected Governor of The Great State of Florida.
    Thank you God.

    1. A-MEN, Snidester!
      I wonder if Andrew Guilty’s 3/20 “big announcement” is that he’s opening up his relatives’ homes in Miami to unvetted Syrian refugees as a protest to this bill?

      1. In my opinion Andrew Gillum knows for 100% sure the FBI’s got the goods on him enough to indict and convict.
        Again my opinion Andrew Gillum saw how Democratic Presidental candidate Hillary Clinton was let off the hook for major crimes by the FBI. Andrew Gillum sees his 3/20/19 announcement to run for President as his one and only hope to avoid the dreaded Federal Prison system.
        I feel pretty strong about this prediction and am just gonna go out on the limb to say you heard it here first.
        And what’s that other thing????…
        …Oh yeah…I Told You So!!!!

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