New Florida Law and Court Ruling: Cities MUST Cooperate With ICE

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While hundreds of cities and even several entire states have declared themselves “sanctuaries” for illegal immigrants to one degree or another, Floridians have wisely protected themselves against this growing insanity. The state legislature passed SB 168 this year, which bans sanctuary cities from taking root in the Sunshine State. What’s more, a federal judge in Miami ruled this week that, despite considerable legal opposition from (increasingly-degenerate) organizations like the ACLU, the vast majority of the law can go into effect, full and intact.

Rejecting opponents’ arguments, District Court Judge Beth Bloom ruled in the state’s favor on Monday, upholding most of the law’s components. This not only means that police departments and city officials must cooperate with ICE detainer requests, they must also hold those inmates for an additional 48 hours so that federal officials have enough time to take them into custody. Bloom only struck down one aspect of the law, which would have required local officers to transport criminal aliens across state lines if requested to do so by ICE. All told, that’s a reasonable compromise, if one needs to be made.

South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard, who was among the plaintiffs trying to block the law, said he was “baffled” by the ruling.

“It’s ridiculous,” he said. “It’s putting immigration enforcement above public safety. This means if ICE tells you to drop everything, patrol, protection of schools, criminal investigations, you have to go play Cowboys and Indians with ICE. Local law enforcement is secondary to immigration enforcement.”

Au contraire, mon frère, they are one in the same. Especially when you’re talking about illegal aliens who have reason to be involved with domestic law enforcement – in other words, criminals who aren’t supposed to be in this country.

To make it sound as though this law will turn local police into offshoots of ICE is ridiculous, though. And this is the ONLY area of law enforcement in which anyone talks like this. When was the last time you saw a local Democrat screaming about police aiding the FBI in terrorism investigations? The idea that there’s this bright line between federal and local law enforcement went out the window on September 11, 2001, if not long before.

In any case, while city officials like Stoddard may have something against deporting criminal aliens from our country, they are now mandated to help out. If they don’t, the law allows Gov. Ron DeSantis to remove them from office.

We’d call that: Fair warning.