Ron DeSantis to Sign Ban on Florida Sanctuary Cities in Historic Victory

Friday, May 3, 2019
By Paul Martin

by JOHN BINDER
BREITBART.COM
2 May 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis is set to sign a ban on sanctuary cities in Florida that shield criminal illegal aliens from deportation in a historic victory for his administration.

For years, Florida Republicans have attempted — but failed — to ban sanctuary cities across the state, which has one of the largest illegal alien populations in the U.S. with at least 775,000 illegal aliens.

When DeSantis swept to victory last year in the state’s gubernatorial election against the pro-open borders Democrat candidate Andrew Gillum, he promised to crack down on illegal immigration, an initiative opposed by many of the state’s Republican establishment, including former Gov. Jeb Bush (R).

Now, less than a year after his election, DeSantis is set to sign into law a ban on sanctuary city jurisdictions in Florida, whereby if a county or locality is implementing sanctuary policies, the governor will be able to bring judicial proceedings against sanctuary city officials.

DeSantis said Florida is a “stronger” state when American citizens are protected:

For years, establishment Republicans and Democrats in Florida have falsely claimed that there are no current sanctuary cities in the state that protect criminal illegal aliens from being deported from the country.

Currently, Alachua County, Florida, refuses to turn illegal aliens over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) even after a national is accused of a crime. Likewise, West Palm Beach County, Florida, bans local officials from aiding ICE with investigations into criminal illegal aliens. Miami-Dade County was formerly a sanctuary city before reversing its policies following threats from President Donald Trump’s administration.

DeSantis’s historic victory in gaining support for his sanctuary city ban is particularly significant in a state like Florida. Once being signed into law, it will be only the second state in the country with one of the largest foreign-born populations to outlaw the protection of illegal aliens. The first state with a large foreign-born population to implement a sanctuary city ban was Texas.

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