Florida sued over sanctuary policy ban

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In this Jan. 11, 2019 photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Florida’s 2019 Legislative session is set to begin with a new governor, new Legislative leaders and new priorities. On Gov. Ron DeSantis list include environmental protections and a ban on sanctuary cities.(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MIAMI (AP) – The city of South Miami and immigrant advocates are suing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over a new law that forces local law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal immigration officials.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by lawyers with the Southern Poverty Law Center. It says the new law will erode trust in law enforcement and lead to racial profiling.

DeSantis signed a bill last month to ban “sanctuary” polices.

The new law prohibits local governments from enacting polices that protect immigrants who are in the country illegally from deportation. It also requires law enforcement officers to honor U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers for immigrants in the country illegally who are arrested or convicted of a crime.

Opponents say the law would cause people to be deported for minor offenses like traffic infractions.

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