Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law Friday banning sanctuary cities throughout the state, thereby fulfilling his campaign promise.
“Sanctuary cities basically create law-free zones where people can come to our state illegally and our country illegally, commit criminal offenses and then just walk right out the door and continue to do it,” DeSantis said. “In Florida, that will not happen.”
The bill requires law enforcement to honor ICE detainers for illegal immigrants arrested or convicted of a crime, but exempts crime victims and witnesses.
State Sen. Joe Gruters, chair of the Republican Party of Florida, who sponsored the bill said it was about following the rule of law, the Associated Press reported.
It’s about “making sure we protect American citizens from the very bad, criminal illegal aliens that are here committing the worst crimes imaginable. This is not about illegal aliens who are here trying to provide for their families,” Gruters said at the bill signing.
Opponents of the bill claim it will encourage profiling and force illegal immigrants to be deported for minor offenses like traffic violations and also discourage victims and witnesses from coming forward.
They also argue that holding people based on an immigraiton detainer is unconstitutional.