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MIAMI-DADE COMMISSIONERS TELL STATE LEGISLATURE TO MOVE AWAY FROM ANTI-IMMIGRANT BILLS

MIAMI-DADE COMMISSIONERS TELL STATE LEGISLATURE TO MOVE AWAY FROM ANTI-IMMIGRANT BILLSCounty Commissioners Unanimously Approve Resolutions Against Bills that Force Counties to Enforce Immigration Laws, Criminalize Immigrant Community Members and Waste Local Resources

Miami, FL – Today, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved three (3) resolutions against several anti-immigrant bills that have been filed for this year’s legislative session in Tallahassee.

Through these resolutions, County Commissioners are telling state legislators they will not support laws that criminalize immigrant community members, discriminate against families in need public assistance and force local law enforcement, local governments, and school districts to enforce immigration law. See details of the resolutions below.

HB 675, the poli-migra bill, will be heard tomorrow morning in the House Judiciary Committee at 9am.

The following is a statement from Francesca Menes, Policy and Advocacy Director, of the Florida Immigrant Coalition:

This sends a strong message to state legislators that the biggest and most diverse county in Florida does not support any harsh laws that could threaten immigrant families and workers, our public safety and local resources.

Unlike state Representative Carlos Trujillo, the Commissioners are demonstrating their loyalty to the communities they represent instead of using them as scapegoats for political gain.

Counties like Miami-Dade have nothing to gain from laws that would separate more immigrant families, force local Police to persecute immigrants, force local school districts to target and report undocumented youth, and squander our tax-dollars in that effort.

We commend the County Commission for defending immigrant families and making sure our local resources are used in a smart and meaningful way, in the midst of a legislature that treats hardworking Floridians as their worst enemies.”

Approved resolutions:

  • Resolution 153025 (Commissioners Levine Cava and Monestime): Opposes Senate Bill 118 and House Bill 9 that would make it a crime for immigrant parents to be living in the state of Florida after being given a deportation order or for returning to reunite with their family after being deported.
  • Resolution 153013 (Commissioner Levine Cava): Opposes Senate Bill 750 and House Bill 563 that would limit access to public assistance for low-income families that include undocumented family members
  • Resolution 153028 (Commissioners Heyman, Levine Cava and Monestime): Opposes Senate Bill 872 and House Bill 675 that would force Miami-Dade county and others to hold immigrants in detention only for being undocumented at the request of federal immigration agencies but without federal funds. These bills would pre-empt a policy set by Miami-Dade county related to immigration detainer requests.

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 La Coalición de Inmigrantes de la Florida es una alianza estatal de más de 60 organizaciones miembros, incluyendo a campesinos, estudiantes, proveedores de servicios, organizaciones de base y defensores legales, que trabajan juntos para promover el trato justo a todas las personas, incluidos los inmigrantes.