Trump Ally, Governor Ron DeSantis Takes Proactive Measure to Protect Florida: Signs Sanctuary Cities Ban Into Law

Elder Patriot –  Yesterday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis fulfilled another campaign promise by signing SB 168 into law.

The bill bans the establishment of sanctuary cities inside the State of Florida and orders state and local governmental entities, and law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal immigration law enforcement agencies.

SB 168 passed the Senate 22-18 and the House 68-45.

Under DeSantis’ leadership, the State House has been passing and considering a number of proactive measures to circumvent future imposition of radical leftist, unconstitutional measures.

Under SB 168l, local law enforcement and other state agencies would be required to honor federal law enforcement’s request for an “immigration detainer.”

This means a request from another law enforcement agency to detain a person, based on probable cause to believe that the person is a “removable alien” under federal immigration law, would be mandatory.

DeSantis, who has been a strong supporter of President Trump and his America First agenda, made banning sanctuary cities a top priority during his campaign for governor.  

Gov. DeSantis emphasized his support for banning sanctuary cities from Florida during both his inaugural address and his State of the State address.

Since taking office, he has pushed hard for this bill wanting it on his desk during the current session.  DeSantis wasted no time signing the bill once it had passed both houses.

DeSantis released a statement Thursday night, thanking the Legislature for delivering on one of his biggest asks as governor.

“Earlier this year, I asked the Florida Legislature to present me with a bill this session that upholds the rule of law and addresses sanctuary cities and counties in Florida.  Local law enforcement agencies can and should work with the federal government to ensure that accountability and justice are one in our state.”

This is a major win for the governor in a state that has a large immigrant population.  Gov. DeSantis forced Republicans to be held accountable, an indication of his strength of purpose, a character trait that he shares with President Trump.

Thonotosassa Republican Sen. Tom Lee, who ultimately voted for the bill, explained the difficulty in deciding his vote in such a culturally diverse state:

“We’re not legislative sociopaths here.  We have the ability to care, to reach out to affected parties and do what we can to put plain words on paper that say what we mean. … All we can do is make sure that people who are here breaking laws don’t get to continue to stay.”

While this legislation essentially only endeavors to uphold and clarify existing law, voting for its passage was a political risk due to the massive left wing influence of the mainstream media.

By upholding the rule of law in Florida, President Trump’s chances of carrying the state in 2020 has improved significantly.