Owen Daugherty, The Hill, April 24, 2019
The Florida House passed a bill Wednesday that would ban “sanctuary cities” from existing in the state.
The high-profile bill sponsored by state Rep. Cord Byrd (R), if signed into law, would require local law enforcement agencies to work with federal immigration authorities in identifying immigrants without legal status, according to CBS 4 Miami.
The GOP-led House voted 69-47 nearly along party lines to pass the measure Wednesday. A similar bill is currently in the state Senate as well.
The bill would also punish local governments for not complying with the ban with a fine of $5,000 for each day a sanctuary city policy is in place.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signaled during his campaign that he would sign legislation banning sanctuary cities should it reach his desk, and campaigned against illegal immigration.