Florida House passes sanctuary city ban

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

The Florida House of Representatives on Friday passed a controversial measure that would ban so-called sanctuary cities in the state, but the bill faces steep odds in the Senate. Sponsors named it the Rule of Law Adherence Act.

The House bill passed Friday would require local governments and universities to comply with federal immigration laws and would impose stiff penalties on those that declare themselves sanctuaries from immigration enforcement.

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Jacquet explained, "Racial profiling is real". "It also exposes localities to litigation costs for Fourth Amendment violations and racial profiling by requiring officials to fully comply with all immigration detainer requests, regardless of whether there has been a judicial determination of probable cause -a practice that has been ruled unconstitutional by several courts across the country and a cost taxpayers should not have to undertake".

Surrounded by House Democrats, Representative Al Jacquet made an impassioned plea for Republicans to consider possible unintended consequences.

Passing the legislation was a top priority for House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, who said the bill was a way for lawmakers to protect Floridians against "dangerous policies in sanctuary cities". The bill's sponsor, State Rep. Larry Metz, R-Groveland, conceded on Thursday that the state would likely be sued if the measure were to become law. Trump reportedly referred to the areas as "s***hole countries". "America's greatness is self-evident, we do not need to tear down other nations". "This bill is about following federal immigration law, not the whims of a President".

Jacquet's parents are from Haiti and he spent part of his childhood there.

With a vote down party lines, the House approved the legislation.

"Do your duty. Uphold the rule of law, and eliminate sanctuary cities in Florida", Fant said. But even with passage by the House, it remains questionable whether the bill will get through the Senate, which has refused to go along with similar proposals in recent years. "The sanctuary policy. I said I never want to see this happen in the state of Florida", Metz said during his closing comments on the bill.

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