Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a new bill that will make it illegal for the Federal Government to bus illegal immigrants into Florida.
The new bill, which Governor DeSantis signed into law on Friday, will require federal enforcement agencies to “enter into a written agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to participate in the 287(g) program.”
These 287 agreements will allow local law enforcement officers some immigration enforcement authorities. It allows groups of sheriff and police departments to enforce approved ICE policies as though they were the federal government.
The bill also makes it illegal for the Biden administration to bus or fly illegal immigrants into and out of Florida. It states that carrier companies will be charged legally for “willfully providing any service in furtherance of transporting” to anyone that they know are here illegally unless it’s for deportation or detention purposes.
The Florida Governor defended his new legislation as more than just political fodder.
“People will say ‘Well, let Texas worry about that or Arizona or whatever,’” DeSantis declared. “Let me tell you, people coming illegally, a lot of them are trying to get here in the state of Florida, OK? And so this is something that absolutely affects us.”
Governor DeSantis had previously signed legislation back in 2019 making “sanctuary cities” illegal in Florida as well. These are cities who refuse to comply with federal immigration laws.
Ron DeSantis has been floated as one of the top names as a potential 2024 Presidential candidate. He has made a name for himself by publicly fighting back against federal policies he disagrees with. Do you think his new immigration bill helps him if he wants to run for the White House?