TALLAHASSEE, Florida. – A statewide grand jury appointed at the request of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has urged lawmakers to create new criminal sanctions for housing undocumented immigrants.
The move comes as DeSantis, a Republican, frequently criticizes federal immigration policies under Democratic President Joe Biden and initiates illegal immigration key question while pondering a possible GOP presidential run in 2024.
The grand jury report recommends creating a third-degree felony for an individual who conceals or harbors an undocumented immigrant or protects an undocumented immigrant from detection by law enforcement. It also proposes a third-degree felony charge for those transporting undocumented immigrants to or within Florida.
The Florida Legislature is expected to meet for its regular session in March, and no formal legislation has been filed on the grand jury’s recommendations. Still, the Republican-dominated Statehouse has shown its willingness to implement the governor’s policy agenda.
The Florida legislature passed legislation banning sanctuary cities in 2019, but a federal judge prevented the state from enforcing it in September 2021. The ruling was in response to a lawsuit brought against DeSantis by the City of South Miami and other organizations. The country is appealing the decision.
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