Judge Finds Parts Of Fla. Anti-Sanctuary Law Unconstitutional

By Nathan Hale (September 21, 2021, 10:58 PM EDT) -- A Florida federal judge on Tuesday struck down key portions of a 2019 state law banning "sanctuary" immigration policies as unconstitutional, finding a South Florida city and immigration advocates proved discriminatory intent and violations of equal protection rights at a bench trial in January.

In a 110-page decision laying out her findings, U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom found that the plaintiffs — the city of South Miami and several organizations including the Florida Immigrant Coalition — had met their burden of demonstrating racial discrimination was a motivating factor behind the passage of S.B. 168, including through evidence of an unusually close...

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