Florida House of Representatives passes legislation concerning federal immigration laws

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CAPITOL NEWS SERVICE) - The Florida House of Representatives passed Legislation Friday requiring Florida cities to follow federal immigration law or face consequences.

Immigration activists lined the pathway to the House floor before the debate on a controversial bill to ban sanctuary cities in the state. It would impose fines of up to $5,000 a day on local governments that refuse to cooperate with immigration detainers.

The vote comes in the shadow of reported anti-immigration comments made by president Donald Trump towards Haiti and African countries.

Representative Sean Shaw said, "[The president made] remarks that should offend everyone in this room."

Surrounded by House Democrats, Representative Al Jacquet made an impassioned plea for Republicans to consider possible unintended consequences.

Jacquet explained, “Racial profiling is real.”

Republicans maintained the issue at hand comes down to making sure local governments follow the law.

Representative Ross Spano said, "Rejecting the rule of law, members, has profound consequences."

Democrats also believe the Legislation violates the U. S. Constitution.

Jacquet said, "I don't see any court in this state or in this country upholding this piece of legislation."

With a vote down party lines, the House approved the legislation.

The bill has been passed the House before, but the Senate has never given it a hearing.

Similar Legislation passed in Texas but was ruled unconstitutional by a federal court.

The sponsor of Florida’s bill anticipates legal challenges if it becomes law.