Effective June 14, 2019, all law enforcement agencies in Florida will have to cooperate with federal immigration authorities under a bill signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis
The American Civil Liberties Union has issued a travel advisory for “immigrants and people of color to use extreme caution” in Florida.
The Florida law would require local law enforcement to work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in detaining undocumented immigrants.
Florida’s undocumented immigrant population is estimated to be greater than 700,000. The legislation prohibits local governments from enacting “sanctuary” polices that protect undocumented immigrants from deportation — which no Florida cities had actually done. Local law enforcement will be required to honor U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers for undocumented immigrants who are arrested or convicted of a crime. The bill exempts crime victims and witnesses.
Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, has urged law enforcement officials in cities and counties to cooperate with immigration officials.
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