Florida's DeSantis signs controversial sanctuary cities ban into law

Fox News | 6/16/2019 | Sam Dorman
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What does this mean for Florida law enforcement? Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey weighs in.

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a controversial measure on Friday that blocks localities from becoming sanctuary cities and mandates they cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.

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“I am proud to sign the bill presented to me by the Florida Legislature 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," DeSantis said in a statement on Friday.

"This is about public safety, not about politics. We must do everything within our power, and use all the tools available to us, to ensure that our communities are safe.”

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The bill targeted Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers -- requests by the federal agency for local and state governments not to release immigrants suspected of criminal offenses. States and localities across the nation have ignored these, prompting fierce criticism from the president and earning them the title of "sanctuary jurisdictions."

The bill narrowly passed the state's Senate (22-18 vote) and made it through the House with more than a 20-vote margin. “This bill isn’t anti-immigrant and it’s dangerously disingenuous to suggest otherwise," Rep. Elizabeth Fetterhoff, R-DeLand, reportedly said.

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But groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center opposed the law, with Scott McCoy, the group's senior policy counsel, reportedly accusing DeSantis of using "racial grievance to drive a wedge between Floridians."

“It undermines public safety...
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