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South Miami Leads First Challenge To Florida Law Banning 'Sanctuary' Cities - WLRN

  JUL 16, 2019

The first legal challenge to Florida’s controversial law banning so-called “sanctuary” cities and counties was filed on Tuesday against Governor Ron DeSantis and Attorney General Ashley Moody in the Southern District of Florida. Leading the federal lawsuit is the City of South Miami.

The new law SB 168 requires local police departments, sheriff’s offices and Corrections Departments to use their “best efforts” in assisting federal immigration officials for enforcement of immigration law. It also allows the Governor or Attorney General to sue or even remove a local official from office if they don’t comply with the terms of the law, which went into effect on July 1.

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South Miami sues to block sanctuary city ban, says it will divide police and residents - Miami Herald

JULY 16, 2019 10:20 PM 

The city of South Miami and nine other organizations on Tuesday sued Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody challenging Florida’s new law banning sanctuary cities and requiring local law enforcement to comply with federal immigration policies.

But South Miami, a city of approximately 12,000, accounts for a tiny fraction of Florida’s 21.3 million people. It’s smaller than most of Miami-Dade’s municipalities. And its mayor, Philip Stoddard, maintains that it is not a sanctuary city, and that there are no sanctuary cities in Florida.

So why is the city challenging the governor?

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Civil Rights Groups Join South Miami in Lawsuit to Stop Florida's "Sanctuary City" Ban - Miami New Times

 | JULY 16, 2019 | 11:00AM

This past spring, activists were unable to stop the Florida Republican Party from passing Senate Bill 168, a demonstrably racist "sanctuary city" ban that was originally pitched by an anti-immigrant extremist group. So a group of nine civil-rights organizations has teamed up with the City of South Miami to try to take down the new law in federal court.

Today the nine groups — the Florida Immigrant Coalition, the Farmworker Association of Florida, the Family Action Network Movement, QLatinx, WeCount!, the Westminster Presbyterian United Church of Gainesville, Americans for Immigrant Justice, the Guatemalan-Maya Center, and the Hope CommUnity Center — joined South Miami and sued Gov. Ron DeSantis and Attorney General Ashley Moody in Miami federal court.

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Groups sue to block new Florida immigration law - St. Augustine Record

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Immigrant advocates file lawsuit against new Florida 'sanctuary cities' law - Tallahassee Democrat

, Published 10:07 a.m. ET July 16, 2019 

Florida’s new so-called “sanctuary cities” law, which prohibits local governments from enacting sanctuary policies and requires local law enforcement to help ICE detain immigrants without warrants, is being challenged as unconstitutional.

A coalition of immigrant rights groups, including Florida Immigrant Coalition, Farmworker Association of Florida, WeCount!, Americans for Immigrant Justice, Hope Community Center, QLatinx, and the City of Miami filed the suit in federal court in Miami this morning. The injunction request is the first lawsuit to target the controversial law.

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Florida sued over sanctuary policy ban - Fox 35

Posted Jul 16 2019 12:39PM EDT

 - The city of South Miami and a coalition of immigrant advocates sued Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday over a new law that forces local law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal immigration officials.

Activists representing farmworkers, Haitian immigrants, and asylum seekers warned the new law banning "sanctuary" policies is spreading fear at a time when President Donald Trump is announcing sweeps being conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The lawsuit filed by lawyers with the Southern Poverty Law Center argues the new legislation will erode trust in law enforcement and lead to racial profiling. It says brown and black people will be subject to harassment by law enforcement because they might be perceived as foreigners.

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This Week in South Florida: July 14 - ABC 10

By Michael Putney - Senior Political Reporter, Glenna Milberg - Reporter

Posted: 3:37 PM, July 14, 2019

Adonia Simpson, AI Justice Family Defense Program Director, joins ABC 10's Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg to discuss the proposed raids targeting immigrants in South Florida and what steps families can take to protect themselves.

Watch via ABC 10 here.


Immigration activists fear deportation sweep will pick up this week - ABC 10

Up to 2,000 undocumented immigrants across 9 cities expected to be deported

By Trent Kelly - Reporter

Posted: 12:24 PM, July 15, 2019

MIAMI - President Donald Trump's promised nationwide deportation sweep got off to a slower start than many expected on Sunday.

"We haven't seen the large scale sweeps that a lot of people were anticipating," said Adonia Simpson, of Americans for Immigrant Justice. 

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Here's How You Can Help Kids at the Homestead Migrant Camp - Miami New Times

The stories coming out of the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children are difficult to hear. The 3,200-bed facility — the nation's only for-profit child detention center — is not licensed or overseen by state child-welfare workers, and at least two employees claim they weren't properly trained. Kids have been held there for as long as eight months even though a federal agreement calls for their release after 20 days. The children have described crying themselves to sleep, feeling like prisoners, and worrying they might never get out.

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Advocates to migrants fearing detention: You have rights - ABC 10

By Liane Morejon - Reporter, Trent Kelly - Reporter, Andrea Torres - Digital Reporter/Producer

Posted: 11:11 AM, July 14, 2019

MIRAMAR, Fla. - The advocates of migrants with deportation orders in South Florida are on high alert this week.

President Donald Trump warned earlier this week that agents' enforcement crackdown was going to start Sunday. The operation aims to net about 2,000 migrants who have not complied with final deportation orders in major cities, including Miami and New York.

Immigration authorities have begun conducting the raids, a senior administration official told CNN on Sunday. Experts say the Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids are usually executed early in the morning. There was no sign of any new detainees arriving at the ICE center in Miramar Sunday. 

Adonia Simpson of Americans For Immigrant Justice said the large scale sweeps that a lot of people were anticipating haven't happened yet.

Simpson said enforcement is nothing new, but the pre-planned operation is unique.

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