By Jon Dougherty
NationalSentinel As expected, former U.S. congressman and current Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has signed legislation outlawing so-called “sanctuary cities” in the state in a big win for the Trump administration and the security of American generally.
While, according to toÂ the Center for Immigration Studies, there are currently no sanctuary cities in the state of Florida, Alachua County had declared itself to be a sanctuary county. That will no longer stand now as the law DeSantis signed requires “state entities, local government entities, and law enforcement agencies to use best efforts to support the enforcement of federal immigration law.”
It also specifically calls out “unlawful sanctuary policies.”
DeSantis said he signed the legislation in the interest of “public safety.” In addition, he said without the bill, illegal immigrants could commit crimes “and then just walk out the door and continue to do it.”
Estimates claim around 200,000 illegal aliens currently live in Florida.
Though no cities had declared themselves to be sanctuaries for illegal immigrants, the mayor of St. Petersburg, Rick Kriseman, said inÂ a February 2017 blog postÂ that he would “have no hesitation in declaring St. Petersburg a sanctuary from harmful federal immigration laws.”
Just a few days later, however, a spokesman clarifiedÂ that Kriseman really only meant that it was a sanctuary “in spirit.”
But then, the sheriff of Pinellas County, which includes St. Petersburg, added that the jurisdiction was not “and will not be a ‘sanctuary county’ for people who commit crimes. Regardless of statements made for political purposes.”
While some states like California have declared every square foot to be a sanctuary for illegals, Florida’s declaration that it isÂ not one will give the remainder of states two examples to follow: They can choose to be overrun by illegal aliens, or serve as a deterrent to illegal border crossings.
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