Florida bill banning sanctuary cities heads to governor's desk

Florida bill banning sanctuary cities heads to governor's desk
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Florida's state Senate on Thursday passed a bill banning "sanctuary cities," a term for cities that limit their cooperation with federal immigration authorities. 

The bill passed the Senate 22-18 on Thursday, according to the Tampa Bay Times, and now heads to Gov. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisFlorida first lady to miss Women for Trump event due to planned execution Florida governor orders criminal investigation into handling of Jeffrey Epstein case Groups ask court to block ex-felon voting law in Florida MORE's desk.

DeSantis, a Republican, campaigned on prohibiting sanctuary cities, and is expected to sign the bill.

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 "I thank the Florida Legislature for presenting me with a bill that upholds the rule of law and addresses sanctuary cities and counties in Florida," he tweeted after the bill passed.

"We are a stronger state when we protect our residents, foster safe communities and respect the work of law enforcement."

The bill will require local law enforcement to honor federal authorities' immigration detainer requests, in which federal authorities ask local authorities to hold people they believe to be in the country illegally. 

Florida's House of Representatives passed a version of the bill last week

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has called for people to not travel to Florida if the bill becomes law.  

"If Florida State Bill 168 and House Bill 527 pass, it would undermine local governments’ ability to protect the civil rights of their residents by forcing local officials to cooperate with ICE. It would also put immigrants at risk of violence, potentially forcing victims and witnesses to stay silent for fear of deportation," the ACLU's Florida chapter said on its website. 

"Both Florida residents, citizens and non-citizens, and travelers could face risks of being racially profiled and being detained without probable cause."