Sanctuary city ban advances in Florida Legislature

Officials could face fines, removal from office for not complying

Florida Legislature.
Florida Legislature.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A House version of a bill that would ban so-called sanctuary policies is now moving forward in Florida.

The House Civil Justice Subcommittee on Wednesday approved a bill that would require local law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal authorities that enforce immigration laws.

A Senate version of the bill has already been approved by two committees and has one more stop before it can be considered by the full chamber.

The House bill has stronger enforcement language. It would allow fines and removal from office for officials who don't comply with the legislation.

The legislation is opposed by immigrant advocates who argue that it will be abused by law enforcement agencies and would deter immigrants in the country illegally from reporting crimes for fear of being deported.