sanctuary cities

A woman protests with a sign that reads "NO HUMAN IS ILLEGAL."
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The city of South Miami and immigrant advocacy groups are suing the state of Florida over a new law that bans sanctuary cities and requires local officials to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

Florida Lawmakers Debate Sanctuary Bills

Apr 17, 2019
The Florida Immigration Coalition gathers at the Florida Capitol to push back against a measure that would require local governments to cooperate with Immigration Customs Enforcement (2019).
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A pair of bills are inching their way closer to the Florida House and Senate Chambers. Senate Bill 168 and House Bill 527 would prohibit local governments from sanctuary policies.

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Florida Senate Democrats voted to reaffirm their opposition to a ban on sanctuary cities moving through the legislature. 

Florida lawmakers have stripped language out of a sanctuary city bill that would have penalized local officials who favor such policies. But the measure’s sponsor,  Republican Senator and state GOP Chairman Joe Gruters, says its goal is still the same.

State House Speaker Richard Corcoran wants the Department of Homeland Security to investigate two Florida mayors for supporting sanctuary city policies. It’s the latest in Corcoran’s push for attention on the issue.

Three of Florida’s gubernatorial hopefuls got into a social media spat Thursday over immigration. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and House Speaker Richard Corcoran exchanged words over sanctuary city policies.

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Legislation banning sanctuary city policies is moving through Florida House committees. The proposal requires cities fully cooperate with federal immigration officers or face penalties.

The Florida Immigration Coalition gathers at the Florida Capitol to push back against a measure that would require local governments to cooperate with Immigration Customs Enforcement (2019).
Florida Immigrant Coalition / twitter

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum says it’s wrong to make cities choose between “security and compassion” when it comes to immigration. The rising Democratic star and potential gubernatorial candidate is pushing back on a Presidential Executive order.

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Wednesday evening the Florida House passed a bill that would prohibit sanctuary cities in the state. The bill may stall out in the Senate.

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Communities that provide sanctuary to undocumented immigrants are coming under fire in the Florida legislature.

Rep. Larry Metz (R-Yalaha)
Florida Channel

Republican state lawmakers are taking aim at Florida’s so-called sanctuary cities.  A measure requiring local governments to comply with federal immigration agencies passed its first committee Wednesday.