This Tuesday, a law that punishes jurisdictions that protect undocumented immigrants and obliges local authorities to collaborate with Immigration and their extended detention orders with a view to deportation has entered into force in Florida without legal proceedings being able to prevent it.
The law against so-called “sanctuary” cities, although there are none in Florida, will operate almost entirely after the adverse ruling of a Miami judge as part of a lawsuit filed by civil groups in favor of immigrants.
The law, signed by Governor Ron DeSantis, a political ally of President Donald Trump and his harsh immigration policy, goes into effect in a state with a 20% foreign population and despite the rejection of pro-immigrant groups because of the separation of families and the economic impact it can have on the state.
Judge Beth Bloom upheld most of the new law late Monday and blocked only local police from helping transport immigrants across state borders at the request of federal authorities.
According to judicial documents to which Efe had access on Tuesday, Bloom ruled that this work can only be done by the federal government.
The lawsuit was filed last July against DeSantis for considering the law passed this year by the Floridian legislature to be “unconstitutional.
According to the Community Justice Project, one of the plaintiffs along with the anti-racist organization Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), SB 168 violates the constitutional right to due process and equal protection under the law.
These organizations believe the measure forces local police to act “as illegal agents of ICE, in violation of the Constitution’s supremacy clause and prevents local governments from enacting policies necessary for public safety”.
The lawsuit, also filed by the Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC), asked the court to rule on the constitutionality of the controversial “detainers,” detention orders sought by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
These orders seek to keep undocumented immigrants in jails for deportation, often for minor offenses, even if there is no warrant from a judge or prosecutor.
Other groups that joined the lawsuit are the City of South Miami, Family Action Network Movement, QLatinx, WeCount!, Westminster United Presbyterian Church of Gainseville, Americans for Immigrant Justice, Central Guatemalan-Maya and Hope Community Center.
DeSantis signed SB 168 in mid-June despite opposition from activists who in April issued a travel alert to Florida for the possibility of an increase in cases of “racial discrimination, unjust detention and deportation” under this law and the possible economic consequences it could have.