Florida’s ‘Sanctuary City’ immigration law that Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed into law back in June, was dealt a blow by a federal judge this week.
U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom struck down the portion of the law that allows local law enforcement to cross state lines to aid federal law enforcement agencies like ICE.
But while that provision of the law was stricken, local law enforcement still has to detain illegal aliens until the federal law enforcement can take possession of them.
According to the Miami Herald, “Under the law, local police departments will be required to hold undocumented immigrants who have been detained for an additional 48 hours, until ICE arrives and transports them to a federal detention center. People who have fully served their local sentence or posted bond will also be detained for the extra two days.”
Opponents of the law, including Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D), believe that by allowing local police to assist ICE in detaining illegal aliens, the public in whole will be rendered “less safe.”
“The job of our police is to protect our community, not enforce Trump‘s immigration policies,” stated Mucarsel- Powell “They shouldn’t be forced to prioritize ICE’s responsibilities over their own duty to protect & defend public safety. This makes us all less safe.”
Rep. Mucarsel-Powell has been one of the loudest voices of opposition against the Trump administration’s immigration policy and was able to successfully pressure the administration to temporarily close down or vacate the children’s detention center in Homestead, Florida.