Expert Testifies Fla. Anti-Sanctuary Law Is Discriminatory

Law360 (January 6, 2021, 10:02 PM EST) -- A 2019 Florida state law banning so-called immigration sanctuary jurisdictions and requiring state and local officials to support federal immigration enforcement efforts had a discriminatory intent, an expert witness for immigration advocates and a South Florida city testified in federal court Wednesday.

During daylong testimony in a bench trial held via Zoom, American University Distinguished Professor of History Allan J. Lichtman testified that his examination of a broad range of sources and materials led him to conclude that anti-immigration "hate groups" played an unusual role in the passing of the law — originally introduced as Senate Bill 168 — and that its purported...

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