Immigration Enforcement Bill Advances To Fla. House Floor

By Nathan Hale (April 24, 2017, 8:14 PM EDT) -- Florida's House Judiciary Committee on Monday voted 12-6 to send the full chamber a bill that bars "sanctuary" policies and requires state and local officials to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement on matters such as detainment requests or risk penalties, including possible removal from office.

H.B. 697, sponsored by Rep. Larry Metz, R-Yahala, received opposition from numerous organizations during the public testimony portion of the meeting but was praised by several committee members for re-enforcing the rule of law.

"We are a compassionate state, we're a compassionate nation, but we're also a state and a nation of laws," Rep. Fitzenhagen, R-Fort...

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