President Donald Trump's reported vulgar remarks dominated the debate as the Florida House on Friday passed a bill banning sanctuary cities along with a flurry of other measures championed by their chamber's leader.
After more than two and a half hours of debate, the House passed H.B.
Republicans said that they didn't agree with Trump's comments, but were voting for the bill to make sure local governments follow federal immigration laws.
To view the full article, register now. Democrats and immigration advocates say the bill could lead to racial profiling and would force local police officers to get proof of immigration status from everyone they arrest.
Fines for city council members who violate the ban or refuse to comply with federal immigration policies could climb up to $5,000. But after President Trump ridiculed immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries, Florida democrats railed against the bill which they say reflects Trump's policies. He recently released a campaign-style ad outlining his support for House Bill 9.
Representative Ross Spano said, "Rejecting the rule of law, members, has profound consequences". Trump reportedly referred to the areas as "s***hole countries".
On Thursday, Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, one of the bill's sponsors, said almost half the money collected from red-light violations goes to vendors that provide the cameras.
House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, has made the issue one of his priorities of the 2018 legislative session, which started Tuesday. Anti-immigration activists and President Donald Trump have blamed sanctuary policies for her death because she was allegedly shot by an undocumented immigrant who had previously been deported.
"No one is above the law, and now if a politician or government official tries to ignore America's immigration laws, they will be punished", Corcoran said in a statement after Friday's vote. "This is about lawful immigration and the rule of law".
But Rep. Jay Fant, a Jacksonville Republican who is running for attorney general, said lawmakers swore an oath to uphold the state and federal constitutions.
Red light cameras in Florida may soon be a thing of the past thanks to a bill moving through the state legislature.