Florida Legislature poised to send Trump-style immigration bill banning ‘sanctuary cities’ to governor

Florida is on the verge of signing onto one of President Donald Trump’s top priorities — outlawing so-called sanctuary cities that offer protections to undocumented residents.

The Florida Senate voted 22-18 Friday to approve a bill that requires state, county and city agencies to work with federal immigration authorities. A similar bill passed the House earlier this week.

State lawmakers took up the issue even though there are no sanctuary jurisdictions in Florida, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

“This bill is about respecting the rule of law,” said Sen. Joe Gruters, who sponsored the legislation and also chairs the Republican Party of Florida. “It’s about cooperating with the federal government, and it’s about promoting public safety.”

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