The legislation will require local police to honor requests from federal immigration authorities to detain people who are thought to be in the United States illegally. The bill also requires local jails to fully comply with requests to hold inmates for federal immigration authorities.
In recent years, the Senate has blocked similar bills to ban sanctuary cities from heading to the governor's desk. In order to move forward, the House and the Senate had to iron out differences in their bills. The debate was lengthy, lasting the better part of the week, but conservatives looking to revitalize the "law of the land" got their wish.
While those on the political Right praise the bill, many on the political Left believe it will do more harm to Floridians and immigrants looking for an opportunity to make it. Republicans say the measure will uphold the law by removing illegal aliens, and protect Floridians from dangerous criminals. Democrats, however, believe the potential law will hurt the Sunshine State, saying the legislation is an attempt to incite fear in immigrant communities.
One of the primary sponsors, Sen. Joe Gruters, sounded like a seasoned quarterback when asked about the triumph, saying today's victory was a "great team effort."
"Huge day for Florida and it was a great team effort with the Governor and Rep. Byrd working together to make sure we got it across the finish line," Sen. Gruters told RoundTable Politics.
Gruters, of course, is talking about his fellow colleague, Rep. Cord Byrd, who led the charge on banning sanctuary cities on the House side.
Gruters wasn't the only one lauding today's win. Gov. Ron DeSantis expressed his gratitude on Twitter, thanking the Florida legislature for upholding the rule of law.
With the bill now heading to the governor's desk, it is expected to be signed into law.
Sen. Gruters' and Rep. Byrd's persistence finally paid off. Vilified by liberals leading up to the vote, both lawmakers remained calm for the sake of Florida's future. While Democrats attempted to paint a misleading narrative, they pushed forward, setting an important precedent in a state that turns a blind eye to the problems facing our nation, our state, and our local communities.
With today's victory, Republicans put a nice, shiny bow on a gift wrapped by conservatives, for conservatives. Inside that present: a dominating performance this legislative session by GOP lawmakers that Floridians can't wait to open.
A gift that keeps on giving...
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