Florida Governor signs legislation banning sanctuary cities

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Source: Governor's Press Office

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law legislation banning sanctuary cities across the state, delivering on his campaign promise.

In a statement on Friday, Gov. DeSantis said, “Earlier this year, I made a promise that we would ban sanctuary cities in Florida and today we are delivering on that promise.”

He added, “I am proud to sign the bill presented to me by the Florida Legislature to uphold the rule of law and ensure that no city or county jurisdiction can get in the way of Florida’s cooperation with our federal partners to enforce immigration law. This is about public safety, not about politics. We must do everything within our power, and use all the tools available to us, to ensure that our communities are safe.”

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Key provisions of the anti-sanctuary legislation

Florida State Representative Cord Byrd introduced SB 168, which prohibits state agencies and local governments from implementing sanctuary policies. It requires the repeal of any existing sanctuary policies.

Additionally, the legislation requires state agencies, local governments and law enforcement agencies to support federal immigration enforcement.