State Senate takes first step in fulfilling DeSantis' promise on sanctuary cities

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By: Capitol News Service
February 11, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CNS) -- Governor Ron DeSantis campaigned against allowing cities and counties to buck federal immigration authorities, and ending the practice was a theme of his inaugural address.

“We will stand for the rule of law. We will not allow sanctuary cities,” DeSantis said shortly after being sworn in.

Late Monday afternoon, lawmakers took the first step in fulfilling that promise.

Currently, only 27 Florida counties cooperate with federal authorities when it comes to people residing illegally. Legislation being heard by the Florida Senate Judiciary Committee would require all 67 counties to notify federal authorities when they arrest someone here illegally, says sponsor Joe Gruters.

“It’s trying to do what’s right for all of Florida, in trying to put bad guys away and make sure there is cooperation across the board. We’re not, this is not an immigration law. This is not to punish people. This is to try to follow the law as it exists,” said the Sarasota state senator.

Under the bill, local authorities would have to hold someone for 48 hours, enough time says the sponsor, to allow the feds to pick the individual up.

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