Judge rejects part of ‘sanctuary cities’ law
Florida’s ban on ‘sanctuary cities’ is leading to harsher crackdowns on immigration.

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A federal judge said the ban conflicts with federal immigration law.

A federal judge has ruled that part of a controversial 2019 Florida law aimed at banning so-called sanctuary cities is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom issued an order last week in advance of a trial scheduled to start next month in a broader challenge to the law.

Bloom struck down part of the law that allows county or state law-enforcement officials to transport out of their jurisdictions inmates who are subject to immigration detainers.

The law allowed such transportation to federal facilities, including across state lines. But Bloom said the transportation part of the state law conflicts with federal immigration law and, as a result, is unconstitutional.

Under the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause, federal law overrides state law when such a conflict occurs.

The city of South Miami and immigrant-advocacy groups filed the lawsuit in July 2019, after the sanctuary cities ban went into effect.

The law requires cooperation with federal immigration enforcement, with Republican backers saying it would improve public safety. Critics, however, contended it was rooted in discrimination.


Republished with permission from the News Service of Florida.

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One comment

  • Sonja Fitch

    December 22, 2020 at 4:38 am

    If it was enacted by any and all members of the goptrump death cult, it is racist and sexist! Florida we are a state of Immigrants! Illegal immigrants have followed the crops since before 1950! We have many many different and diverse immigrants in Florida! At one point in the 1980 a school in Broward County had students with over 200 dialects and languages! So get over the damn racist bs!

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