What You Need to Know About Florida’s Ban on Sanctuary Cities

Did you know that Florida has a ban in place for sanctuary cities? While the state isn’t the only place that has taken this significant step with regard to sanctuary cities, it’s important for those in the state to understand the personal implications for them and how to respond. In total, eleven other states in the U.S. have taken similar action in a manner that blocks local governments and law enforcement agencies from accepting and using policies that downplay cooperation with any federal immigration authorities.

A sanctuary city is one that has local or municipal laws to protect undocumented immigrants from prosecution or deportation in contrast to federal immigration law. Cities and states that consider these are trying to minimize their role in helping with low-priority immigrants being deported out of the country. This allows those cities to still turn over immigrants who have committed more serious crimes.

This often comes out when someone is pulled over or arrested for a minor offense and is then turned over to federal authorities for being an undocumented immigrant. In many cases, when an immigrant is formally arrested, their information is entered into a federal database that is viewable by ICE. ICE can then see the arrest, decide to issue a hold or detainer, and require police to keep that immigrant in custody until the federal government picks that immigrant up and starts to process them for deportation.

Many other states who have done similar measures have been seen as trying to take immigration matters into their own hands, and it brings up a complicated question that impacts those who are not current permanent residents or citizens of the U.S.: to what extent do local governments have the right to minimize cooperation with federal authorities over immigration issues?

These local policies have become popular in certain locations, but critics argue that these cities make dangerous situations for legal residents and citizens. Those who support local government’s ability to use sanctuary policies to enable trust between communities of immigrants and law enforcement. Big cities across the U.S. that tend to have a lot of immigrants living there have been the ones most likely to adopt these policies.

What Does This Mean in Florida?

One of the most important aspects relating to how this plays out in Florida is that police officers must cooperate with ICE when there are immigration issues or cases at the federal level. Within Florida, it is estimated that around 800,000 undocumented people live, meaning that these issues will continue to be front and center. No cities within the state, however, had actually adopted sanctuary policies before the statewide rule was passed.

Local jurisdictions in Florida mandate that local jurisdictions hold undocumented immigrants who have been put in jail for as long as two more days to give all ICE officers the chance to come and collect them. The rule also says that local agencies and officers have to make their best efforts in order to cooperate with federal immigration law and federal agencies.

Personal Injury Attorneys Miami

Do you have questions about your rights with respect to the Florida ban on sanctuary cities? Contact the dedicated personal injury lawyers at Berman Law Group today at 561-660-9995 to discuss your rights under the law and the best way to move forward. 

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3351 NW Boca Raton Blvd
Boca Raton, FL 33431
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