Undocumented immigrants being used “as political football,” some said, after President Donald Trump said this on Friday.
“We’ll bring them to sanctuary city areas and let that particular area take care of it, whether it’s a state or whatever it might be.”
The idea of relocating undocumented immigrants to so-called “sanctuary cities” started in November, when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told the White House they thought it would be illegal.
For a number of reasons — but the president doesn’t agree. In response, some state and city officials have said that they would welcome them.
But probably not Florida.
“My advice is for all illegal aliens in the state of Florida, don’t break the law, you’re not going to be asked to leave,” said Sen. Joe Gruters.
This week, both state legislative chambers will move forward with two bills which would require all law enforcement agencies to comply with every detainer they get from ICE.
Republican state Senator Joe Gruters is the sponsor of the Senate bill.
“this is about doing the right thing for florida, this is about following the laws that exist on the books, and prohibiting these local governments for prohibiting cooperation with existing federal immigration authorities and laws.”
Tallahassee resident Aileen Ray said that lawmakers should prioritize their effort and the state budget — on more pressing issues.
“If this bill will pass, then how can the state provide the services that we demanded if the state will also give monetary to support that bill. There are things we’re fighting for. And aside from the healthcare issues, we really have a problem with education that needs funding.”
The American Civil Liberties Union issued an alert last week to warn anyone traveling to Florida that they could be victims of racial profiling, unjust detention, and deportation, under the proposed bills.
Immigration lawyer Edward Carrasco has a unique perspective on these proposed bills. Carrasco is a retired deputy inspector with the New York City police.
“I think telling an undocumented person to be extra cautious is not going to make them change their ways because they’re already extra cautious. What I do see happening as a former law enforcement officer is maybe those who are victims of crime they’ll be less reluctant to report crimes if they were victims or even come forward as witnesses.”
The House judiciary committee will hear the legislation on Tuesday, while the Senate rules committee takes up the bill on Wednesday before they move to vote.
If passed, republican governor ron desantis is expected to sign the bills into law.