Back when Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was running his campaign, he made a promise that if he was elected, he would do something about sanctuary cities. Well, he made good on his promise today, signing a bill that bans sanctuary cities in his state.
The legislation in question was passed by both the Florida Senate and House back on May 2.
This is great news for American citizens who actually care about the rule of law in our country and the safety of their communities.
The Daily Wire reports:
The Orlando Sentinel reported that DeSantis spokeswoman Helen Ferre sent the Sentinel an email stating: “Earlier this year, Governor DeSantis asked the Florida Legislature to present him with meaningful legislation to uphold the rule of law and ensure that no city or county jurisdiction can get in the way of Florida’s cooperation with our federal partners to enforce immigration law. Public safety is paramount and local law enforcement agencies can and should work with the federal government to ensure that accountability and justice are one in our state.”
The Sentinel noted that supporters of the bill have urged local governments and law-enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal immigration detainers and share information with federal immigration authorities once illegal immigrants have been detained.
The bill, SB 168, flatly states, “A state entity, law enforcement agency, or local governmental entity may not adopt or have in effect a sanctuary policy.”
What, exactly, does all that entail? The bill makes it all pretty clear:
“Sanctuary policy” means a law, policy, practice, procedure, or custom adopted or allowed by a state entity or local governmental entity which prohibits or impedes a law enforcement agency from complying with 8 U.S.C. s. 1373 or which prohibits or impedes a law enforcement agency from communicating or cooperating with a federal immigration agency so as to limit such law enforcement agency in, or prohibit the agency from:
(a) Complying with an immigration detainer;
(b) Complying with a request from a federal immigration agency to notify the agency before the release of an inmate or detainee in the custody of the law enforcement agency;
(c) Providing a federal immigration agency access to an inmate for interview;
(d) Participating in any program or agreement authorized under section 287 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. s. 1357; or
(e) Providing a federal immigration agency with an inmate’s incarceration status or release date.
There are now a total of nine states that have passed legislation requiring local law enforcement to cooperate with ICE when it comes to illegal immigrants. Those states include Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas.
Now Florida joins the ranks as well.
At the end of the day, we are a nation of laws. If folks want to come here, they need to go through the proper legal channels to do so. Any refusal to do so is proof they aren’t the kind of individuals we want to be here.
The vast majority of those crossing the border illegally have a criminal record, which makes them dangerous. We’re exposing our communities to dangerous individuals all for the sake of feeling a bit of the warm and fuzzies.
It’s not right. Laws like this one are absolutely necessary in order to preserve the safety and sovereignty of our republic.