This week, the Florida Legislature passed a proposal from state Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, and state Rep. Cord Byrd, R-Neptune Beach, banning sanctuary cities in the Sunshine State–and Gov. Ron DeSantis is fully on board.
After the Senate passed the final version of the bill on a 22-18 vote and the House passed it on a 68-45 vote, DeSantis weighed in on Thursday night.
“Earlier this year, I asked the Florida Legislature to present me with a bill this session that upholds the rule of law and addresses sanctuary cities and counties in Florida,” DeSantis said. “We are a stronger state when we protect our residents, foster safe communities and respect the work of law enforcement at every level. Local law enforcement agencies can and should work with the federal government to ensure that accountability and justice are one in our state. I’d like to thank Senate President Bill Galvano, House Speaker Jose Oliva, Senator Joe Gruters and Representative Cord Byrd for recognizing the importance of this issue.”
During the 2018 gubernatorial campaign, DeSantis stressed his support of President Donald Trump on immigration.
Terrie Rizzo, the chairwoman of the Florida Democratic Party, weighed in after the vote. Democrats lined up against the proposal in the Legislature.
“Today, Democratic legislators offered multiple amendments to ensure that SB168 would not cause harm to our asylum seekers, DACA recipients, veterans and TPS holders –– the Republican-controlled Legislature rejected them all,” Rizzo said. “Republicans in the legislature have placed Florida at the top of the list of states that attempt to villainize immigrant communities, by sending SB168 to the governor’s desk. Our state was once a place that welcomed immigrants looking for a better future, but now it would become the Florida GOP deportation and family separation machine. Not only does SB168 stoke anti-immigrant hatred, it makes no exceptions for Venezuelans, Cubans, and Nicaraguans fleeing authoritarian regimes.”