Please disable your Ad Blocker to better interact with this website.

Gillum and Corcoran face-off over “Sanctuary cities” and immigration reform
Florida Politics

Gillum and Corcoran face-off over “Sanctuary cities” and immigration reform


As the immigration reform debate continues to dominate national politics, Florida’s state politics is also neck-deep in that very same conversation.

Florida Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran recently engaged Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) in a live debate over the hot topic issue of “sanctuary cities.”

Gillum has already announced his gubernatorial campaign, while Corcoran is expected to announce his gubernatorial campaign after the 2018 legislative session concludes.

Trending: House Democrats Approve Immigration Reform Bills

The debate between these two men was ideological in nature, as both men rattled off immigration talking points that are currently being used within their respective political parties.

take our poll - story continues below

Who is most likely to win the Democrat nomination?

  • Who is most likely to win the Democrat nomination?

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Completing this poll grants you access to Floridian Press updates free of charge. You may opt out at anytime. You also agree to this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Gillum, who is supported by liberal billionaire George Soros, pulls hard to the left and supports blanket amnesty and sanctuary cities, while Corcoran is opposed to any form of illegal immigration, including allowing states and cities to subvert federal immigration laws.

It was a no-brainer that Gillum opposes Corcoran’s HB 9, a bill that would keep local municipalities from enforcing federal immigration laws, but make those officials civilly liable and set the table for their removal from office.

The bill took center stage  during the debate, as both Corcoran and Gillum made their cases for and against sanctuary cities.

While both men exchanged one-liner zingers at one another, Corcoran’s “nothing undocumented about them” was the soundbite that probably resonated the loudest to those watching.

Corcoran argued that illegal immigrants who broke US immigration law were just that, illegal, and not undocumented as Gillum and others refer to them as.

“There is nothing undocumented about them, they are illegal.” –Speaker Richard Corcoran

Gillum argued that the term “illegals” was a “term used to dehumanize” individuals.

The debate wasn’t watched by a whole bunch of Floridians, but that didn’t matter because both men got what they needed, media attention.

Gillum, who is locked in a heated primary race against former Rep. Gwen Graham and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, needs all the attention he can get. Corcoran’s performance in the debate helps him with the Republican base, who are mulling over whether to support Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam or Rep. Ron DeSantis for governor.



Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning South Florida-based political journalist owns Diverse New Media, Corp. which publishes,,, and He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming and biking. He ran as a Republican in the 2018 congressional primary race in Florida's CD 22. Javier is also a political consultant, and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at Email him at [email protected]

charlie crist
donald trumpEmail FeatureEmail FeaturedFeaturedFloridaFlorida PoliticsPresident Donald Trump
Rep. Crist Wants “Accountability” From Barr
“The American people deserve the truth, not lies and secrecy.”
Convicted felon voting rights measure could pass in 2018
Florida Politics
Convicted felon voting rights measure could pass in 2018
Amendment 4 is by far the most controversial, and quite possibly the most popular [...]
donald trump
Florida PoliticsU.S. Congress
Trump pushing new tax cuts before mid-term elections
It what appears to be a strategic move to help Republicans in this fall’s mid-term [...]