Ron DeSantis, Governor of Florida, signs sanctuary city ban into law, forcing local governments to use their best efforts to support enforcement of federal immigration law.
FOX News 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.
“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.
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.”
Far left 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.” “The law is anti-immigrant (NO, it’s anti ILLEGAL immigrant), unconstitutional (NO, it isn’t), inhumane (NO, it isn’t), and hurts our families and communities,”(NO, it’s the illegal aliens who do that) the ACLU of Florida said on Twitter.