Date: October 9th, 2019 5:04 PM
FL Court: Cities must cooperate with ICE or elected officials will be removed from office
It’s a landmark ruling out of Miami, Florida that was handed down from a federal district judge.
Cooperate with ICE… or you’re out of a job.
There was a new Florida state law that put a ban on sanctuary cities. It also ordered law enforcement officers to continue full cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Miami U.S. District Court Judge Beth Bloom upheld a majority of the components of that law on Monday, just one day before SB 168 went into effect.
On top of banning sanctuary cities in Florida, it also creates a new mandate. It requires police departments to hold inmates for an additional 48 hours to give ICE enough time to take custody of them.
There was only one part of the new law that Bloom shot down.
It was a piece of the law which required officers to transport illegal aliens across state lines if requested to do so by federal agencies. According to Bloom, that’s the federal government’s responsibility.
Back in June, SB 168 was signed into law by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Although it formally went into effect in July, it wasn’t set to be enforced until Tuesday.
And there’s good incentive for elected officials to comply with the law. If they don’t, they could be removed from office by the governor or state attorney general.
“Congress gave a clear indication that it sought to facilitate, not preempt, the type of cooperation that SB 168 mandates,” Bloom wrote in the order.
The mayor of South Miami, Philip Stoddard, was one of the plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction of the law.
He’s clearly in panic mode, saying he was “baffled” by Bloom’s ruling.
“It’s ridiculous,” Stoddard declared. “It’s putting immigration enforcement above public safety.”