A component of Florida’s new state immigration legislation that makes it illegal to transport someone who has entered the country illegally has been challenged by civil rights organizations in federal court. This week, Florida officials were ordered to stop applying this provision. On a technicality, the judge, however, instantly rejected the request.
The organizations stated in a petition filed as part of a lawsuit filed in July that the law’s Section 10 provision makes it dangerous for individuals to go to work, attend family gatherings, and go to medical appointments.
The move, which requests a temporary injunction suspending enforcement, said that “for many individual Plaintiffs, Section 10 is interfering with their ability to go on with their daily lives.”
Gov. Ron DeSantis as well as other defendants, who include prosecutors from all throughout Florida, weren’t properly notified about the petition, according to U.S. District Judge Roy Altman, who dismissed the request for a temporary injunction almost immediately after it was filed. The judge allowed the civil rights organizations to submit the request once more.
DeSantis’ new immigration legislation also includes measures that support his migrant relocation scheme and restrict social benefits for anyone without a permanent legal status. Additionally, it increases the number of employees that must utilize E-Verify, a government system that assesses whether workers are authorized to work in the US, for companies with more than 25 employees. Another rule stipulates that hospitals that receive Medicaid must ask patients about their citizenship on their registration papers.
DeSantis, a candidate for the Republican presidential candidacy in 2024, has dispatched Florida National Guard troops to Texas for border protection and given Florida the authority to foot the bill for charter flights that transport migrants from Texas to other areas of the nation.
The governor’s office and Jeremy Redfern, the governor’s press secretary, were emailed for comments.
The case, which was filed in federal court in Miami, contends that Florida’s statute is unconstitutional because it disregards due process rights and is loosely drafted and because federal law supersedes state law when it comes to immigration.
In their motion this week, the civil rights organizations cited two instances: one in which a lady risked arrest while transporting her grandson to an immigration-related appointment and another in which a Catholic deacon provided transportation for persons to appointments linked to immigration.
“Cruelty is the sole intent of this statute.”