(Tallahassee, FL-AP) — Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis is signing a bill that bans any sanctuary cities in his state. The new law also forces local law enforcement to work with ICE.
Organizations oppose to the measure say it will create a larger rift between law enforcement and those here illegally because of fear, but supporters of the bill say this simply is not true.
Local government agencies that do not follow the law can face judicial proceedings, and institutions within both the state university system and the Florida college system will also need to follow this law. It will go into effect in October.
(Fort Lauderdale, FL) — Sheriff Scott Israel of Broward County, Florida is out of a job following his department’s response to a mass shooting at a Florida high school last year. Today, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis suspended Israel in a move to hold public officials accountable. DeSantis confirmed that retired Coral Springs Police Sergeant Gregory Tony will serve as the new sheriff. Tony will serve as Broward County’s first black sheriff.
The parents of several of the shooting victims thanked DeSantis for bringing accountability to Broward County and stressed that they are excited for new leadership under Tony. Seventeen people died in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day last year. Israel has faced heavy criticism for his agency’s response in the shooting which sparked a nationwide movement for increased gun control.
(Tallahassee, FL-AP) — Andrew Gillum is vowing to fight on in his bid to become Florida’s first black governor despite falling short in an election recount.
Yesterday’s final tally of more than eight million ballots shows Republican Ron DeSantis beat Gillum by more than 33-thousand votes. But Gillum is not conceding the race. The Tallahassee mayor suggested he’ll take the matter to court. Gillum said in a statement it’s clear from reports that “tens of thousands of votes” have yet to be counted. The 39-year-old Democrat added, “It’s not over until every legally casted vote is counted.”
(Tallahassee, FL) — Ron DeSantis is taking a page right out of Donald Trump’s book by stirring up racial tensions with inappropriate remarks. On Tuesday DeSantis, warned Florida voters not to “monkey this up” by electing Gillum. Apparently, he didn’t pay attention to the whole Roseanne Bar fiasco.
Gillum isn’t backing down though. Florida’s Democratic candidate for governor says the “monkey” comment by his Republican opponent is straight out of the Trump handbook. When asked if he thought it was racist, Gillum said, in the handbook of President Trump, they no longer do whistle calls, they are now using bullhorns. DeSantis says it’s absurd to think he was taking a jab at anyone for racial reasons.
His words were widely condemned as racist.
Andrew Gillum is Florida’s first African-American candidate for governor from a major party.