DeSantis Blasts Biden Administration on Immigration at Roundtable in Miami

It will be the second time in less than a week the Governor Ron DeSantis has been in South Florida

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis hosted a roundtable discussion in Miami Monday to voice criticism against the Biden administration's immigration policies.

DeSantis was joined by Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez, Attorney General Ashley Moody and others at the American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora.

DeSantis, a potential 2024 Republican presidential candidate, has repeatedly criticized President Joe Biden's immigration policies.

A bill championed by DeSantis that would prohibit all Florida government agencies from doing business with transportation companies that bring immigrants who are in the country illegally into the state received its first legislative approval last month.

The bill was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a party line vote, with Republicans supporting and Democrats opposed. It would prohibit any government agency, state or local, from doing business with any airline, bus or other transportation company paid by the federal government to bring immigrants who are in the country illegally to Florida.

The legislation also expands on a bill DeSantis signed into law in 2019 that would ban local government sanctuary polices and require local law enforcement to make their best effort to work with federal immigration enforcement authorities.

Parts of that law were struck down last year by a federal judge who repeatedly said the law was racially motivated and that supporters showed no evidence that it was needed to lower crime. The state appealed the decision and the matter remains unsettled.

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