A Florida sheriff lauded a new state law enacted by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) banning localities from becoming sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants and requiring them to work with the federal government to enforce immigration laws.
On Friday, DeSantis signed into law legislation banning sanctuary cities in the state and mandating that localities work with federal immigration enforcement.
“I am proud to sign the bill presented to me by the Florida Legislature to uphold the rule of law and ensure that no city or county jurisdiction can get in the way of Florida’s cooperation with our federal partners to enforce immigration law,” the Florida governor said in an official statement.
“This is about public safety, not about politics,” added DeSantis. “We must do everything within our power, and use all the tools available to us, to ensure that our communities are safe.”
During a Saturday “Fox and Friends” interview, Brevard County, Florida Sheriff Wayne Ivey explained that the law “prohibits any local community government from stopping law enforcement from partnering with ICE and immigrations teams” and stressed that partnerships are needed between the two to address the border crisis.
“I tell everybody there are all sorts of ships in the ocean that can go across the seas,” said Ivey. “But there’s nothing [that] calms rough seas like partnerships.”
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“And right now we have a crisis at the border,” continued the Florida sheriff. “But it doesn’t stop there. It filters into our communities, and we weren’t allowed to work with our federal partners.”
“This bill just simply says we are not only allowed, we are going to work with our federal partners,” added Ivey.
The new Florida law regards ICE detainers, which are documents written by federal immigration authorities to request that local and state governments detain immigrants who are suspected of committing criminal offenses.
The bill requires local law enforcement to follow through on ICE detainers for illegal immigrants who are convicted of criminal activity or are arrested, but it exempts witnesses to the crime and the victims.