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House, Senate Still Grappling with 'Sanctuary City' Differences

May 1, 2019 - 9:00am

House and Senate Republicans support passing a ban on so-called sanctuary city policies, but differences between the chambers are stalling final passage of one of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ top legislative priorities.

The House late Tuesday night was preparing to take up the issue, but Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, had made clear the House does not support a Senate version of the bill. The House was expected to substitute its version for the Senate bill. Such a decision, however, could potentially send the “whole thing up in flames,” said Sen. Travis Hutson, R-St. Augustine.

“I would support either bill addressing illegal immigration, but the Senate is in better position to pass the Senate bill,” Hutson said.

The Senate version (SB 168) narrowly passed the upper chamber last week and then went to the House. Lawmakers would need to reach agreement on the issue before the annual legislative session is scheduled to end Friday.

The House version, in part, includes tougher sanctions for policymakers who don’t fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities. The House plan would allow local-government employees and elected officials to be suspended or removed from office, and local governments could be fined up to $5,000 for each day they have sanctuary-city policies in place.

The House also wants to allow people to bring wrongful-death lawsuits against local governments if their loved ones are killed or injured by undocumented immigrants as a result of local sanctuary-city policies.

The Senate has only agreed to give enforcement authority to the governor, who would be allowed to remove local officials from office, and the attorney general, who would have the power to bring civil actions against local governments.

On the side of caution, Hutson said he would like to maintain support for the Senate bill. That sentiment was echoed by Sen. Manny Diaz Jr., a Hialeah Republican who has been a constant target by opponents of the bill and is wary of federal programs that deputize local law-enforcement officers to perform the duties of federal immigration agents.

Senate bill sponsor Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, told The News Service of Florida he is well aware of concerns some senators have and understands that it may be difficult to pass the House proposal in its entirety in the Senate.

Oliva, however, is not a fan of the Senate’s weaker sanctions and a “carve-out” for employees who work at the state’s child welfare agency from fully cooperating with federal immigration authorities. He said the carve-out for the Florida Department of Children and Families creates a “sanctuary department within the state.”

“Such a great irony for a bill that is seeking to make sure everybody cooperates with law enforcement,” the Miami Lakes Republican told reporters on Monday.

If the House sends its bill back to the Senate, Gruters said he remains “confident we are going to salvage it,” even though he remains concerned about time running out in the legislative session.

The sanctuary city issue has been one of the most-controversial issues of this year’s legislative session. Such proposals have died in recent years in the Legislature, but DeSantis has made the issue a priority.


THE STAMPEDE: Lets see, we have Democrat / Socialist / Activist / Lawyers in the Northern Triangle of South America & Mexico; even as you read this instructing the populations the "benefits" & laws of coming top the USA....."credible fear." Then you have a Democrat House saying the crisis is "manufactured" as literally thousands attack our border daily? National Sovereignty is a myth to Democrats. The crisis is the Democrats themselves. Make no mistake about this, Democrats want this to happen and never stop.. They will with hold support allowing as many illegal aliens to enter the country before assisting in border security (if ever). Democrats offer rewards, incentives so.....More caravans on the way. The current migration at our border is costing U.S taxpayers a Kings ransom. Fleeing persecution? or fleeing for freebies? they sure don't stay in Mexico when they reach "safety" or ask or offered political asylum in Mexico. Why? because Mexico will give them NOTHING. So they make the long journey to our border, our generous Democrats, and our tax dollars. Notice how many have made the long, difficult, dangerous journey to our country 8-9 months pregnant? Give birth on American soil and the U.S. taxpayers will not only pay for the birth of you're child but will also give you state government assistance. TPS / DACA To Democrats/Progressives/Socialists (whats the difference?) programs like Temporary Protective Status (TPS) or Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals (DACA) are permanent programs. There is nothing "temporary or deferred" about these programs to Democrats. These programs are designed to admit refugees (usually from the third world) then Democrats fight to keep them here permanently using the charge of racism, religion, guilt against anyone opposed. Simple formula works great. THE PRICE: It seems Democrats view U.S. citizens as acceptable collateral damage to their future long range goals of flooding the country with refugees & illegal aliens and having taxpayers paying the cost. Democrat politicians and their voters have put families at risk of being victimized by illegal aliens as in the cases Kate Steinly (nothing done) then, Mollie Tibbetts, (nothing done) Police Cpl. Ronil Singh, (nothing done) now Bambi Larson; butchered in her home, nothing will be done...who's next? These victims would be alive today if our border was secured. Most of these killers have been deported numerous times. Bambi 's killer claimed "amnesty" to get into the country. Google search "illegal alien crime" or "victims." Just a few examples of the more outrageous costs associated with illegal immigration, we will pass this burden on to our children & grand children as has been passed on to us. * City emergency services Taxpayer pay for every police, fire, paramedic service call for illegal aliens in their city. Taxpayers also pay for all hospital, emergency room treatments, ambulances, medications....everything. Hospital wait times for citizens are negatively impacted. *Cost of educating illegal aliens is staggering. From K-12 it costs taxpayers on average $122,000 for EACH illegal alien student. This does not include the millions spent on bilingual ED, instructors, special need children & day care. It is estimated nearly 100,000 illegal aliens graduate each do the math. School class size are also negatively impacted by illegal aliens and our students suffer as a result. *Taxpayers in some states are funding "in state college tuition" discounts for illegal aliens. (AZ voted to terminate this taxpayer expense.) Cost to taxpayers over a billion dollars annually. *About one in five inmates in federal prison are foreign-born, & more than 90% of those are in the U.S illegally. This does not include local jails and state prisons. At roughly $24,000 per year expense per inmate. *$3Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate, process Illegal aliens in the criminal justice system. *$2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on is spent on food assistance programs such as SNAP, WIC, & taxpayer funded school lunches. Visit youtube search "cost of illegal immigration." *Mexico received 33 billion last year in remittance from our country. $120 billion total was sent out of the United States in total remittance last year. *Every child birth by illegal aliens in the U.S is paid for with tax dollars.In the US, the average cost to have a baby without complications during delivery, is $10,808, which can increase to $30,000 when factoring in care provided before and after pregnancy (July 9, 2018 google.) * Section 8 housing. Illegal aliens take full advantage of this program. Citizens & their families in poverty in many cases wait years behind non citizens for emergency housing.

Democrat 2020 Platform & Goals: *Open Borders. *Sanctuary Cities. *Elimination of ICE *Disarming Americans. *Infanticide.. *Voting rights for illegal aliens. *Pack the courts with radical liberal judges (Like the 9th circuit) *Increase refugee's from the third world. *Illegal aliens allowed to hold public office. *Socialism. *Free Abortions (Taxpayer funded) *The green new deal. *End of Electoral College *Free health care for all including non citizens (taxpayer funded) *Raise Minimum Wage *Have adolescents vote *!00% free college for all, including non citizens. (tax payer funded) *Reparations for every race "harmed" by the white man. *Convicts, Terrorists voting. *Susie & Bobby using the same restrooms. *Late term abortions. *Everyone gets a pay check even if you choose not to work. (taxpayer funded)

IF THEY DO NOT PASS THE BILL, then we must find out the names of those senators who voted against it, and we must WORK, WORK, WORK to get them out of office--and we must do it relentlessly until they are gone. PASS THE BILL, FLORIDA SENATORS! In case you do not fully realize it... WE ARE YOUR BOSS! PASS THE BILL!

Follow the law.

Florida has no "sanctuary cities". It's just Gruters grandstanding!

"Quasimoto" would agree: not enough "Sanctuary Cities" in America to provide 'Illegal Alien Invaders' safety from our Constitution, legislation, and local laws and ordinances...(maybe that's why Notre Dame burned.... "symbolism", portending revolution... But, at WHOSE hands?!?)

I wish they would due something about those Quasimoto, unemployed, free loading invaders from NY to our beloved Florida...

"Redneck inward intolerance" still exists I see.

we tolerate your mom, as recent as last night...

Pass the Bill Senators, no carve out for DCF. Make Florida safe and set an example to the nation that sanctuary cities and states are illegal.

Pass the Bill.

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