The Florida Immigrant Coalition supports Sen. Soto’s attempt to pass an amendment questioning Bondi’s use of resources in a hurtful lawsuit
Miami, FL – Today, Senator Darren Soto (D-Orlando) made a surprising and courageous attempt in the Florida Legislature to stop Attorney General Pam Bondi’s outrageous use of Florida’s taxpayer dollars to pay for a lawsuit against President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration. The Administration’s Deferred Action program DAPA and the expansion of DACA could protect from deportation approximately 253,000 Floridians who arrived in this country when they were children, or who are parents of U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent Residents. The programs were expected to be implemented during this first quarter, but have been put on hold due to a temporary injunction from the lawsuit.
The following is a statement from Francesca Menes, Policy and Advocacy Coordinator for the Florida Immigrant Coalition:
“Attorney General Pam Bondi is not only being irresponsible in the use of our resources in a lawsuit that could bring many benefits to our state, but she is also ignoring the voices of over 1,000 Floridians who have been asking her for months to withdraw Florida’s name from this lawsuit through an online petition.
We fully support Senator Soto’s amendment. Not only because someone had to call her out on her record for misusing our state’s resources against Florida’s diverse and vulnerable communities, but because of the positive impact this Executive Action would have in our state.
Instead of using our resources to shoot ourselves in the foot and continue paying for costly and cruel detentions and deportations that separate families, we want to remind AG Bondi that Florida could increase its tax revenues by $102 million over 5 years if DAPA and DACA are implemented.
While hundreds of thousands of Florida’s children, students and workers have to continue living in fear, we are once again asking AG Bondi to represent Floridians adequately as she should and to withdraw Florida from this harmful and irresponsible lawsuit.
We thank every member of the Florida Senate that took a stance and voted in support of the amendment. It is important that local governments also take a position on this vital issue and understand the long-term social and economic benefits to their municipalities and counties.”