Legislature passes ban on undocumented migrant IDs

The illegal immigration crackdown continues.

Lawmakers have approved legislation preventing local governments from approving IDs for undocumented migrants.

Earlier this week, the House passed HB 1451, which bans “counties & municipalities, respectively, from accepting certain ID cards or documents that are knowingly issued to individuals who are not lawfully present” in the U.S.

The Senate has now followed suit, putting the bill on a glide path to Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The bill deals with an isolated problem largely solved already. Various South Florida jurisdictions have accepted such identification in recent years, though those initiatives stopped being funded last Summer.

The Rep. Kiyan Michael and Berny Jacques “carbon copy” bill ultimately was substituted for Sen. Blaise Ingoglia’s measure (SB 1174). After robust debate on the legislation with Democrats expressing qualms about banning these cards for undocumented immigrants, the bill was nevertheless positioned for success.

Ingoglia said the bill banned identification cards from an entity “knowingly issuing” them to undocumented immigrants “for the purpose of getting government programs,” in introducing his bill Tuesday, when the bill was on the Special Order calendar.

Illustrating his point when answering a question from Sen. Tina Polsky, Ingoglia noted the legislation targets identification for “illegal immigrants” who could use it to get a “government benefit” such as a hypothetical “free food” program for identified residents of a given area.

“The states should stop making magnets and programs tailored to illegal immigrants because it fosters illegal immigration,” the Spring Hill Republican explained.

Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book asked about the need for undocumented immigrant parents to have IDs to register “children that are born here” to enroll children in school. Ingoglia claimed that a student residency questionnaire would suffice for that.

During the discussion Wednesday ahead of the vote, a Democrat took one more stand against the bill.

Sen. Lori Berman suggested the legislation was to make undocumented immigrants uncomfortable, but she was the only speaker ahead of the 28-9 vote in favor of the bill.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Expert Emeritas" American

    March 6, 2024 at 6:25 pm

    Good evening America,
    Once again, The Great State of Florida, under the Sage Leadership of Ron “THE RONALD” and The Beautiful “FIRST LADY” Casey DeSantis are leading our Great Nation Forward on how to properly deal with 8iden’s Illegles.
    This Sage Legislation is being looked at as “State Of The Art” by all the other 49 other states (many of them heavely populated by “Dook 4 Brains Leftists)”.
    Thank you Ron & The Beautiful Casey. The whole State of Florida Loves You!!!!!
    Earl Pitts “Sage Dude” American

    • Stand With Law Enforcement

      March 7, 2024 at 4:39 pm

      Hi Christina! 💩

  • Michael K

    March 6, 2024 at 6:27 pm

    I’m sure those high-paying agricultural jobs will be attractive to Floridians who don’t mind working in the heat without water and breaks.

    • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Expert Emeritas" American

      March 6, 2024 at 6:50 pm

      “Horses? We Cant Afford To Lose A Team of Horses! Send a Couple of Illegals Down The Track To Check For Quick Sand”. Said Mr. Taggert.
      This Sage Parody was brought to you by Earl Pitts American in order to prove to you the Democrats Illegals are intended to be our Nation’s “New Slaves”.
      Well now us Sage Patriots wont stand for 8iden’s abuse of these illegal imagrents that 8iden duped into breaking into our Sage Nation.
      We are going to do The Humanatarian Thing to save them from The Democrats by rounding them all up and sending them back to their Beautiful Homes they were Duped By 8iden from leaving and once here – SUPRISE SUPRISE SUPRISE!!! YOU ARE NOW ALL 8IDEN’S SLAVES!!!
      Earl Pitts American

      • JD

        March 6, 2024 at 7:55 pm

        Earl, your rhetoric dangerously echoes some of history’s gravest mistakes. Suggesting “rounding up” individuals as a solution treads close to endorsing inhumane practices we’ve long condemned. True humanitarian efforts are built on dignity and compassion, not the dehumanizing and divisive strategies you propose. Let’s aim for dialogue that uplifts and seeks genuine solutions, rather than reverting to the darkest chapters of our past.

    • Stand With Law Enforcement

      March 7, 2024 at 4:39 pm

      You sleepyheads won’t work standing up, we see that.

  • Elly Florida

    March 6, 2024 at 7:48 pm

    This bill is needed. There are so many in Florida legally that need the assistance allocated to the different areas. Florida already spends 6 billion (Newsweek, 2/24). Citizens have needs, too.

    • JD

      March 6, 2024 at 8:04 pm

      Restricting ID issuance to undocumented individuals might aim to prioritize legal residents, but it overlooks a critical safety aspect: identification helps better monitor who is in the community, including potentially dangerous individuals. In reality, undocumented immigrants are part of Florida’s fabric. Ensuring they have access to IDs could actually enhance public safety by making it harder for criminals to hide anonymously. A policy that acknowledges this could improve security for everyone.

      • MH/Duuuval

        March 6, 2024 at 10:11 pm

        JD: Good argument in favor of getting undocumented out of the shadows, if they are working and behaving. Could the federal government’s parole paperwork be the source of an ID?

        • JD

          March 7, 2024 at 9:33 am

          I’m not sure if you comment is serious or not, but I will respond in the notion you are serious – your idea about using federal parole paperwork as ID for undocumented individuals is intriguing. Are you suggesting it as a way to recognize their work and presence legally, and access to limited services? If so, how do you see this being implemented? Personally, I think it would be a tough sell to the moderates (if there any really left) because of the “illegal” moniker (and illegal entry is technically a crime). But I’m trying suggest practical solutions and this could be one.

          • MH/Duuuval

            March 7, 2024 at 10:28 am

            Quite serious. There must exist parole paperwork that could be customized to create an ID the size of a credit card, etc.

            You are correct that enumerating asylum seekers provides more and better means of making them accountable.

    • Stand With Law Enforcement

      March 7, 2024 at 4:38 pm

      Why not pay some state income tax, freeloader?

      Start with 1% and see things get better, you cheapos…

  • Stand With Law Enforcement

    March 7, 2024 at 4:37 pm

    Same group of floridiots passed laws on fentanyl; how’s that going?!?

  • Tallahassee Insider

    March 12, 2024 at 10:52 am

    Blaise Ingoglia stepped outside the casino just long enough to debate this eh?

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