ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law Friday at the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office that he said contained a set of continuing steps meant to “keep illegals out of the state of Florida.”
“People will say, ‘Well, let Texas worry about that or Arizona or whatever.’ 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,” DeSantis said. “… I mean, you know, look, everyone in the United States wants to come to Florida — I guess everyone around the world (too).”
SB-1808, AKA “Immigration Enforcement,” contains a set of measures the governor first proposed at a news conference in Jacksonville last December, where he blamed the Biden administration’s “reckless” border policies for a man’s stabbing death that October and repeated claims the White House was landing flights of illegal migrants at Jacksonville International Airport. At Friday’s news conference, his tone did not change much.
“The drugs that are coming in affect us and then just the sheer number of people. If he’s letting all these people in, and they’re going to all communities across our country, just think how many schools are going to be overwhelmed, other health care, other types of public services just because they can’t keep control of the border,” DeSantis said. “So it has a profound impact on communities all across this country, and it does have a profound impact in Florida.”
The legislation will pull from $12 million set aside in the upcoming state budget for immigration enforcement to make the following changes:
Altering which data is to be reported to the state by the clerk of court, county detention facilities and Department of Corrections on either a monthly or annual basis, including inmates’ immigration status.
By Brandon Hogan
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