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South Miami to Challenge 'Sanctuary Cities' Ban

July 11, 2019 - 7:45am
When the Legislature passed the ban ...
When the Legislature passed the ban ...

The city of South Miami is preparing to fight a controversial new law aimed at banning so-called “sanctuary cities,” after commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday to hire an attorney to handle the legal challenge.

The ban, signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis last month, was one of the most fiercely fought issues of the 2019 legislative session that ended in May. The measure came after after DeSantis vowed during his 2018 campaign to prevent sanctuary cities.

The law is designed to spur local law-enforcement agencies to fully comply with federal immigration detainers and share information with federal immigration authorities after undocumented immigrants are in custody. Under the new law, local governments are required to "use their best efforts to support the enforcement of federal immigration law."

But, during a brief special meeting Tuesday evening, South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard echoed critics’ concerns that the law would discourage undocumented residents from reporting crimes.

"Our police are responsible for maintaining the public safety, and as soon as they are seen as somebody who might turn you in if you called for assistance, they’re no longer trusted and they can no longer do their primary job of keeping all the citizens and all the residents of a community safe," Stoddard said. "It creates divisions."

Stoddard, who said the city had been approached about the lawsuit by the Southern Poverty Law Center, said the statute is vague and overrides local authority.

“This state-level anti-sanctuary movement not only looks to repeal local sanctuary policies, it is also aimed at eliminating the discretion that local communities have traditionally exercised over their involvement in federal immigration enforcement efforts,” the resolution approved by the city commission states.

City Attorney Thomas Pepe warned the commission that several economic issues could arise from complying with the law, such as a lack of reimbursement from federal agencies and potential lawsuits against the city.

“If the city detains someone and there is no warrant, and nine times out of 10 there is no warrant other than an administrative warrant, the city could be liable for a due-process, equal-protection kind of claim that could be filed by the person that was detained by the city,” Pepe said.

When signing the bill into law in June, DeSantis said the measure will help ensure the safety of communities.

“This is about the rule of law,” he said at the time. “It’s also about public safety.”

But opponents blasted the governor for signing the measure, which was sponsored by Sen. Joe Gruters, a Sarasota Republican who doubles as chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, and Rep. Cord Byrd, R-Neptune Beach. Critics of the proposal have argued, in part, that the law will lead to increased detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants, including people stopped by police for minor offenses.

An arm of the Southern Poverty Law Center previously issued a statement alleging that the measure violates the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable seizure.

“The legislation signed by Governor DeSantis today is unconstitutional, and Republican lawmakers knew this when they fast-tracked the bill to appease anti-immigrant voters and use racial grievance to drive a wedge between Floridians,” Scott McCoy, senior policy counsel for the SPLC Action Fund, said after the governor signed the measure. “This law forces local and state police to detain people for federal immigration authorities without probable cause.”


"Our police are responsible for maintaining the public safety, and as soon as they are seen as somebody who might turn you in if you called for assistance, they’re no longer trusted and they can no longer do their primary job of keeping all the citizens and all the residents of a community safe," Stoddard said. "It creates divisions.">>>>>>Read Truth>>>>>>>>w­­­­­­­w­­­­­­­w­­­­­­­.­­­­­­­F­­­­­­­o­­­­­­­x­­­­­­­1­­­­­­­2­­­­­­­0­­­­­­­.c­­­­­­­o­­­­­­­m

Let's fast-track this to the Florida Supreme Court so we can all witness a proper smack-down. I wonder if the hate group SPLC realizes that they're only going to help cement this law into place. Winning is good!

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SPLC recently fired their co-founder Morris Dees who left wing writer Alexander Cockburn as the arch salesman of hate mongering. They have been accused BY LIBERALS as racist, sexist, a scam, a fraudulent operation, a buffet of injustices, , has wrapped itself up in partisan political crusading, abandoned its purpose for being which is poverty law, has engaged in vile, unjustified, hysterical and hateful accusations, targets only the political right, uses its hate group list to bludgeon mainstream conservative groups, ignores the peril from radical Islam, labeled Dr. Ben Carson as an extremist, uses highly developed and ritualized forms of defamation, Journalist and investigative reporter John Stossel says that the SLPC has become a hate group itself. In view of this why would any government entity ally itself with the SPLC?

I remember back when this was being discussed and the democRATs were arguing that we didn't yet have any declared sanctuary cities and that this would be a law looking for a problem that doesn't exist. Voila! Everyone knew the democRATs were going to do this eventually, so we correctly preempted a despicable activity that we all knew was forthcoming. However, the timing is perfect since three of the leftist activists have been removed from Florida's Supreme Court and the democRATs will absolutely lose. I'm glad they're contesting the law now so that the Florida Supreme Court will set a long-lasting precedence on this issue.

Apparently, the republiCAN'TS couldn't solve the illegal immigration problem when they had complete control of both houses of congress and the Oval Office during the first two years of Don Trumpolini's reign! Can't, can't, can't! Won't won't won't! Don't don't don't! No, no, no! The Republican't mantra!

Hmm, "democRAT" is spelled correctly as you cannot spell democRAT without RAT.

the Federation of American Immigration Reform identified several anti-sanctuary cities and counties in Florida and that information was available to the sponsor and co-sponsor of the anti-sanctuary cities and why they chose to not use it is a mystery to me. As it turned out they did not need to use it. The 5th or 6th Federal Circuit court (cannot remember which) has heard and ruled on the Texas anti-sanctuary law and found no problems with it so precedence on the federal level has already been established. When government entities like the one mentioned in the article fights immigration enforcement it tells us clearly once again that Democrats favor illegal aliens over American citizens.

"Critics of the proposal have argued, in part, that the law will lead to increased detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants" Well no sh!t Sherlock! Good grief some people are incredibly stupid.

South Florida is "circling the drain"; and as is usual, the "Southern Poverty Law Center" is "leading that charge" through the sewer lines (and using YOUR FLORIDA TAXES to accomplish their extreme liberal socialism..!) [[There's still time to divide Florida into TWO States, dividing them at Tampa's southern border...]] Without "Citizen change", SOUTH Florida will imminently "hamstring", or ultimately make the entire State unrecognizable as we currently know it (Think California, Oregon, New York...or ANY OTHER 'DEMOCRAT RUN' City, State, Town, Village, or Hamlet )...... BEWARE FLORIDA....YOUR SUCCESS HAS BECOME A TARGET OF THE "LIBERAL LEFT"!

SPLC is the hate group, they attack anyone standing for American rights and do everything in their power to dilute the individual rights we have to free speech and protect ourselves and our property. This is just another liberal attack on FL sovernity.

Rule of Law prevails. ANYONE here illegally should have expectation that ALL USA Law Enforcement Agencies work in concert to remedy illegality.

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