Promise Kept: Republican Governor DeSantis Signs Bill Banning Sanctuary Cities In Florida – Liberals Wail

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Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis kept a campaign promise and signed the toughest anti-sanctuary cities bill in the nation this last week. The legislation was signed in Okaloosa County yesterday. The bill was sent to DeSantis to be signed on Thursday after the state Senate and House passed it 22-18 and 68-45, respectively, on May 2.

“The bill seeks to ensure that state and local entities and law enforcement agencies cooperate with federal government officials to enforce, and not obstruct, immigration laws. In its most general and broad terms, the bill requires law enforcement agencies to support the enforcement of federal immigration law,” the bill, called SB 168, reads. Isn’t it sad that DeSantis has to sign a bill to enforce laws already on the books? It’s insane.

Existing sanctuary policies in Florida would be repealed within 90 days of the bill going into effect. That’s after it is signed by DeSantis – the bill will go into effect on July 1st, 2019.

In addition to banning any “state entity, local governmental entity, or law enforcement agency from having a sanctuary policy,” the bill also “requires a law enforcement agency that has custody of someone who is subject to an immigration detainer to notify the judge of the detainer, record in the person’s file the existence of the detainer, and comply with the detainer.”

The sponsor of the bill is Republican state Rep. Joe Gruters. He was present with DeSantis and GOP Sen. Matt Gaetz for the signing ceremony yesterday.

According to Gruters, the approximately 200,000 illegal immigrants who now live in Florida have nothing to worry about if they don’t break the law. But I would point out that they are already breaking the law. Democrats are wailing over this and saying that the bill could strain relations with local police as minor offenses, such as traffic violations could lead to an illegal immigrant being deported, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Oh, boo hoo. Enforce the rule of law and knock off the faux liberal tears already.

DeSantis recognized Gruters and House sponsor Cord Byrd before calling up U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a congressional ally of his and President Trump.

Gaetz, in remarks that touched on a number of topics over many minutes, noted the huge local interest in the bill signing that required the location to be moved to the commission building. He lauded DeSantis for being the “boldest, most popular governor in America,” as well as supporting law enforcement and public safety.

Gaetz noted that 5,000 illegal immigrants show up at the southern border every day, and they are dispersed by a “catch and release” policy.

“They get a plane ticket anywhere in the country,” Gaetz said to groans. “And you pay for it!”

“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,” DeSantis spokeswoman Helen Ferre stated.

“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,” she added. Amen to that.

From Florida Politics:

“One of the promises (was) to do whatever we can on the state level to fight illegal immigration, specifically sanctuary cities,” DeSantis said.

“That’s because sanctuary cities, contends DeSantis, create “law-free zones.”

“When I sign this bill,” he added, “… in Florida that will not happen.”

“We ran on this,” DeSantis said. “A lot of the stuff we ran on, people couldn’t get done … we got it done.”

“This bill is simple … it’s our state’s policy that we work with the federal government,” DeSantis said, saying sanctuary cities “defy federal law.”

“We’re going to cooperate to ensure the safety of our cities and communities,” DeSantis vowed.


“Gruters said this was a “historic day.”

“Florida is at the forefront of the entire country when it comes to passing meaningful legislation,” Gruters said. “This truly was a team effort … 244 amendments … had to pass it twice on the Senate floor and three times on the House floor.”

“It almost came to a standstill,” Gruters said. “Then the Governor got involved … at the end, when it really mattered, he engaged.”

“We passed the strongest ban on sanctuary cities in the entire country,” Gruters added, noting the bill is “about criminal illegal aliens who have broken other laws.”

“Rep. Byrd said the bill was “about recognizing American citizenship.”

“We kept hearing opponents of the bill talk about illegal aliens,” Byrd said.

“He added that the bill was about putting citizens first.”

Laws requiring law enforcement to cooperate with ICE have been passed in the states of Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas. This should not be the case because it is already the law that ICE should be able to carry out their duties.

Florida Democrats denounced the bill after it passed last month, warning that the measure would make the Sunshine State “the Republicans’ deportation and family separation machine.” Which is not only a blatant lie but is nothing short of fear-mongering as well.

Governor DeSantis had something to say about all this dishonest nonsense from the left: “We are a stronger state when we protect our residents, foster safe communities and respect the work of law enforcement at every level,” he said. “Local law enforcement agencies can and should work with the federal government to ensure that accountability and justice are done in our state.”

Democrats claim there were no sanctuary cities in Florida, to begin with, but that’s not exactly true. Miami is very close to being one and the point is that with someone like DeSantis calling the shots there won’t be sanctuary cities or policies in Florida period. I respect DeSantis for keeping his word here and for doing what needs to be done in Florida. His constituents also love him for it. We need many more like Ron DeSantis at the helm.

Sources: Florida Politics, The Daily Wire, Breitbart, The Washington Free Beacon, The Hill, Orlando Sentinel

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