Immigrants to Gov. DeSantis, Sen. Diaz, & Republicans: We Are Here To Stay & We Will Remember Who Brought the Deportation Force to Our Communities!

Sheridan Aguirre Press Releases

Florida Republicans Pass SB 168, Turning Local Police into Trump’s Deportation Force; Cities, Schools & Churches Must Protect Their Residents

For Immediate Release
Contact: Sheridan Aguirre | sheridan@unitedwedream.org | 202.793.2267

Tallahassee, FL – Yesterday, the Florida State Legislature passed the racist SB 168, which will soon be signed into law by Governor DeSantis. SB 168 targets all brown and Black Floridians across the state by forcing local police to be part of Trump’s Deportation Force and banning any local policies that would protect Florida’s immigrant residents.

The legacy of DeSantis and all elected officials who voted for this law will be cemented for generations to come. This was the most dangerous legislative session in decades for Florida — with bills that make the state unsafe for millions of children, families and people of color across the state.  

Maria Bilbao, Organizer with United We Dream – FL, said:

“Governor DeSantis and the Republicans chose to unleash Trump’s Deportation Force on people of color all across Florida. Because they passed SB 168, any brown or Black person who ‘looks or sounds like an immigrant,’ or lives in an immigrant neighborhood, could be racially profiled by local police to be sent to detention camps.


This is immoral and wrong. We urge businesses and tourists to take extreme caution when going to Florida and we call upon local elected officials, schools and churches to protect our families, friends, and neighbors from detention and deportation.

We will not be pushed into the shadows. We will continue to organize our community, we will find ways to protect one another and we will expose every detention and deportation because we are here to stay.”

Idalia Quinteros, senior at Miami Senior High School and undocumented youth leader with United We Dream – FL, said:

“For weeks my classmates, community members and I went to the office of Sen. Manny Diaz, Jr. to show him the harm that SB 168 would have not only in South Florida, but across the state. Florida has one of the largest immigrant populations in the country and countless communities of color — this is home for all of us.

Still, Sen. Diaz Jr. voted yes and betrayed our community. We won’t forget how he sent the Deportation Force after us. My classmates and I will not give up fighting for our future.”

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United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.