Judge denies request to block ban on undocumented-immigrant transport
Via AP

AP immigration
A procedural quirk prompted the ruling, but the immigrant-rights advocates can re-file the request.

Civil rights groups asked a federal judge Tuesday to stop Florida officials from enforcing a section of a new state immigration law that criminalizes transporting someone who has entered the United States unlawfully. But the jurist denied the request immediately on a technicality.

The portion of the law known as Section 10 makes it unsafe for people to get to medical appointments, meet with family and go to work, the groups said in a motion that is part of a July lawsuit challenging the law.

“For many individual Plaintiffs, Section 10 interferes with their ability to go about their daily lives,” said the motion, which asks for a temporary injunction halting enforcement.

Almost immediately after it was filed, U.S. District Judge Roy Altman denied the request for a temporary injunction on a technicality, saying Gov. Ron DeSantis and other defendants who include prosecutors from across Florida hadn’t been properly given notice about the motion. The judge said the civil rights groups could file the request again.

Other provisions of the new immigration law championed by DeSantis bolster his migrant relocation program and limit social services for immigrants lacking permanent legal status. It also expands requirements for businesses with more than 25 employees to use E-Verify, a federal system that determines if employees can legally work in the U.S. Another provision requires hospitals that accept Medicaid to include a citizenship question on intake forms.

DeSantis, who is running for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, has sent Florida National Guard soldiers to Texas for border security and directed Florida to pay for charter flights carrying migrants from Texas to other parts of the country.

An email seeking comment was sent to the Governor’s office and his Press Secretary, Jeremy Redfern.

The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Miami, argues that Florida’s law is unconstitutional because federal law preempts state law when it comes to immigration; that it ignores due process rights; and that it was written vaguely.

In their motion Tuesday, the civil rights groups used as examples a woman who risked arrest by driving her grandson, who has a pending petition for immigration relief, and a Catholic deacon who drives people in his car to immigration-related appointments.

“This law’s only purpose is cruelty. It threatens Floridians with jail time for doing the most ordinary things, like visiting family, going to work and driving kids to soccer games,” said Spencer Amdur, an attorney at the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project.

Associated Press


  • W.D. Tater

    August 9, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    Weak Dick Tater’s ban on busses and taxis and subways and church vans and Ubers and Lyfts and his own chartered jets and all other transit, public or private, continues for the moment, but only for the moment, and only because of a paperwork glitch.

    Sure if you’re a Nazi type it sounds great today, but tomorrow when the Special Rhonda State Police Squad (which he already created) pulls you over and demands YOU prove your citizenship or go to jail, what are you gonna do?

    You got your certified birth certificate and/or your US Passport on you at all times? You going to leave those in you car to get stolen like a handgun?

    Weak Dick Tater aka Rhonda is a disaster for all of Florida, white, brown, black, straight, gay, cis, trans, ish-ish.

    Whatever or whoever you are, the very instant W.D. Tater thinks it’s beneficial to W.D. Tater, W.D. Tater will throw you under the bus too.

  • Felicia

    August 9, 2023 at 1:30 pm

    More cruelty from FL faux-Christian leaders.

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