The Florida House of Representatives is paving the way for the banning of “sanctuary cities” in the Sunshine State.
The anti-sanctuary city piece of legislation (HB 675) has passed through its committee hearings, and is set to hit the House floor for a vote today.
HB 675 would make it illegal for any local government in the state of Florida to employ policy that “prohibits or impedes a law enforcement agency from communicating or cooperating with federal immigration agencies.”
Here is the POLITICO’s take on the issue:
“… most commonly found when cities institute formal or informal policies to not cooperate with immigration “detainers,” which are requests from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to either notify local law enforcement they want to assume custody of an illegal immigrant, get more information before the person is released, or to request they hold the person for up to 48 hours.
House analysts say there are seven counties with sanctuary policies in Florida, while the ACLU of Florida, which opposes the bill, says the number is more like 30.
The legislation also requires that any sanctuary policies be repealed within 90 days.
Expect continued protests to the House bill and to the Senate version of the bill from pro-illegal immigration activists, the ACLU, and Democrats, who all naturally oppose the bills.
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