“We’re going to work on defining what a sanctuary city is,” he says. “But we envision it any city or county … or entity that doesn’t cooperate .”
A Florida state senator proposes to impose a fine of up to $5,000 a day on officials of “sanctuary cities” who don’t follow federal immigration enforcement policies.
“In Florida, [sanctuary cities] enjoy sovereign immunity, meaning they’re shielded from being sued on any of their decisions in conducting their business,” state Sen. Aaron Bean, sponsor of the bill, told The Daily Signal. “The legislature, if this bill passed, would take away that and [sanctuary cities] would be able to be held responsible in court for their actions.”
Bean, a Republican who previously served in the Florida House, represents all of Nassau County and part of Duval County.
As of October, Florida has seven “sanctuary counties,” all in the Tampa and Miami areas, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.
His bill, along with two others recently filed in the Florida state legislature, is “going to take a little pushback over illegal immigration in our state,” Bean, 48, said. He added:
We’re going to work on defining what a sanctuary city is. But we envision it [as] any city or county or municipality or entity that doesn’t cooperate. In fact, it could actually be a constitutional officer of a county that doesn’t cooperate with the federal government in tracking, enforcing, keeping up with illegal citizens … We would deem them as a sanctuary.
Bean’s bill, SB 872, was filed Nov. 17 in the Florida Senate. A section reads:
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