Florida House passes GOP bill banning sanctuary city policies

The bill prompted the American Civil Liberties Union to warn immigrants against traveling to Florida and triggered protests around the state.
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Rep. Cord Byrd, R- Neptune Beach, is congratulated by Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, R-Mount Dora, left, as an immigration bill was passed during session on April 24, 2019, in Tallahassee, Florida.Steve Cannon / AP

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By Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida House has passed a high-profile Republican bill requiring local law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal immigration authorities and banning so-called "sanctuary city" policies that shield immigrants who are arrested.

The GOP-led House voted 69-47 along party lines Wednesday for the measure, sending it over to the Senate where a similar bill is pending.

Florida doesn't currently have any formal "sanctuary cities" like those in other states. The bill sponsored by GOP Rep. Cord Byrd of Jacksonville Beach would require local authorities to honor federal immigration detainer requests that can lead to a person's deportation.

The bill prompted the American Civil Liberties Union to warn immigrants against traveling to Florida and triggered protests around the state. Democrats failed in attempts to weaken the bill or create exceptions.