On Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill that bans sanctuary cities. The bill would prohibit cities in Florida from offering protection from deportation to undocumented immigrants.
“Earlier this year, I made a promise that we would ban sanctuary cities in Florida and today we are delivering on that promise,” DeSantis tweeted. “I am proud to sign the bill presented to me by the FL Legislature to uphold the rule of law and ensure that our communities are safe.”
This bill has been largely controversial as it puts illegal immigrants in Florida at a greater risk of deportation. Proponents of the bill argue that allowing local law enforcement to deport illegal immigrants will make their cities and town safer. Others, however, disagree.
Scott McCoy, who is the Senior Policy Counsel for the Southern Poverty Law Center, believes that this bill will put communities in more danger.
“The most important thing to understand about this bill is how dangerous it will be for Floridians. This new law will make our towns and cities less safe by requiring local law enforcement to spend less of their time and resources fighting crime in local communities and more on doing the work of federal immigration authorities,” McCoy wrote in a SPLC article. “People in immigrant communities will be less likely to report crime to the police or cooperate with investigations, for fear of immigration enforcement against themselves or members of their community.”