Court Rules All Florida Cities Must Cooperate With ICE

Elected officials who refuse to comply with the new law could be removed from office.

Miami, FL – A federal district court judge has upheld a majority of the components of a new Florida state law that banned sanctuary cities and ordered law enforcement officers to continue cooperating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Miami U.S. District Court Judge Beth Bloom issued the order on Monday – one day before SB 168 went into effect, the Miami Herald reported.

In addition to banning sanctuary cities throughout the state, the new law also requires law enforcement agencies to hold inmates for an additional 48 hours to provide ICE enough time to respond to take custody of them.

The only portion of the law Bloom shot down was a section requiring officers to transport illegal aliens across state lines if requested to do so by federal agencies, the Miami Herald reported.

Bloom said that transports across state lines are the federal government’s responsibility.

SB 168 was signed into law by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis back in June, WTSP reported.

It went into effect in July, but wasn’t formally enforced until Tuesday.

Elected officials who refuse to comply with the new law could be removed from office by the governor or state attorney general, according to the Miami Herald.

“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.

South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard, one of the plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction of the law, said he was “baffled” by Bloom’s ruling, the Miami Herald reported.

“It’s ridiculous,” Stoddard declared. “It’s putting immigration enforcement above public safety.”

“This means if ICE tells you to drop everything, patrol, protection of schools, criminal investigations, you have to go play Cowboys and Indians with ICE,” he claimed. “Local law enforcement is secondary to immigration enforcement.”

Immigrant advocacy groups and the City of South Miami filed the lawsuit against DeSantis and Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody in June.

Opponents of the new legislation argued that some of the wording was too vague to enforce – specifically, the requirement that officers make their “best efforts” to assist ICE.

“The governor’s political enemies may interpret ‘best efforts’ differently,” Southern Poverty Law Center attorney Paul Chavez said last week, according to the Miami Herald.

“If I fail to abide by the provisions of this law, some of which are comprehensively vague, the governor may remove me from office,” Stoddard added.

Bloom specifically addressed those issues in her order.

“The Court believes ‘best efforts’ to be sufficiently clear as to what conduct is or is not required for a facial pre-enforcement vagueness challenge,” the federal judge wrote, according to the Miami Herald.

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Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Gosh this is great news! May all appeals fail, and my similar verdicts be handed down across our whole nation until the SCOTUS rules similarly.

flybynight
flybynight

It's about time!!!

wolcotag
wolcotag

Wasn't the invasion of Florida by the Cubans what causes us today to "Press 1 for English" - let's not add more foreign crap. Don't like things here? GO HOME - NOW

LEO0301
LEO0301

The mayor is correct about the public safety issue which is why local law enforcement needs to cooperate with ICE. How many more innocent people need to die at the hands of someone in this country illegally.

SHajek
SHajek

#Winning

Tony2
Tony2

now is time to end DACA and the dreamers and TPS it's time get the country back like it used to be we got all these homeless people sleeping on the streets can't get no Medicare new kind of medication no place to live what they want to worry about illegal alias that's just what they are aliens from another country is in the constitutional I don't know why they even given their citizenship when is written in the Constitution no ambassadors or aliens can be citizens of the United States they didn't say anything about immigrants they said aliens they weren't talking about outer space he was talking about people from other countries coming here illegally and that's real talk if they cross these borders illegally they should be able to do a u-turn and go back the way they came no questions asked it stopped sending all that money over there we need that money and I own City to take care of our own people Democrats do not care about the United States of American people if they did they would have been built the wall insecure it out borders so stop trying to impeach President Trump we have bigger issues the impeaching him secure our borders take care of people sleeping on the streets that need medical attention any places to live America first if you can't speak English don't come here English is the language of the United States of America the first language is English real talk from a real American

Hunter Riley
Hunter Riley

If you support harbouring illegal aliens, not only should you be removed from office, but be moved into your jail...SANCTUARY CITIES CREATE CRIME

Janken
Janken

I wonder what would happen if 15 million white people invaded our country AND THEY SPOKE A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE and the tax payers had to pay their way THE LIBTARDS WOULD HAVE A FIT AND OUR COUNTRY WOULD STILL BE TALKING ENGLISH

andyataking
andyataking

Now please help us in California.

LynnSB
LynnSB

About damn time !!!

MSK
MSK

Hey Stoddard, you as**wipe, immigration enforcement IS public safety and I hope your the first one removed from office.

Sivaas_
Sivaas_

As it should be anywhere.

Ironman1958
Ironman1958

This is excellent news! It's about time! And the South Miami Mayor can remain baffled, it wouldn't be anything new.

brianslattery
brianslattery

Awesome News

callmydaddy
callmydaddy

“This means if ICE tells you to drop everything, patrol, protection of schools, criminal investigations, you have to go play Cowboys and Indians with ICE,” he claimed.

You know and I know that it doesn't work that way. Or you really that dumb. Stop being a damn cunt. @Philip Stoddard #South Miami Mayor

cspcapt
cspcapt

This is why I live in Florida!

cspcapt
cspcapt

Let's hope other jurisdiction follow their lead. I would like to see this go to the US supreme court

DarrellB
DarrellB

Never stopped Miami from applying for and greedily receiving over $17 MILLLION in DHS grants ! ! !

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I won't be holding my breath on seeing first politician to be removed for violating this law......

Ironman1958
Ironman1958

And also in the news to all my fellow Floridians, 'House Bill HB 273, Carrying of Firearms', filed by Sabatini (R) and Hill (R) on Oct 1, 2019. This is the CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY bill we have all been waiting for. Take a moment, get to know it, and spread the word, it will need all the public support it can get.

djvd
djvd

I live in Florida .. this is wonderful news, and about time !!

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

Sounds like Stoddard SHOULD be removed from office

pixiepup
pixiepup

Hurrah for that law. It should be in all states! Now enforce it!

RLJ
RLJ

Illegal aliens as a whole commit approximately seven times as many crimes per capita as citizens. If you only look at illegal aliens released by sanctuary cities and states rather than honoring a hold request that rate explodes. These are exactly the ones that we need to arrest and deport. I also think the ICE policies change to allow the arrest and hold for deportation any illegal alien law enforcement has any contact.