Since day one of his campaign, Gov. DeSantis has been plotting to imprison us in detention camps and deport us — but we aren’t going anywhere
For Immediate Release
Contact: Sheridan Aguirre | firstname.lastname@example.org | 202.793.2267
Tallahassee, FL – Today, Governor DeSantis signed SB 168 into law, which 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.
Lily Montalvan is a TPS recipient. Her 51-year-old husband Walter Gozzer was arrested at an ICE facility without a reason while adjusting his immigration status. He was detained at the for-profit Krome detention camp and swiftly deported. He was a resident of Miami for 30 years. Lily says:
“My two U.S. citizen children only have their mother left. Trump’s ICE agents kidnapped my husband and now Governor DeSantis wants to make me their next target. I am heartbroken and angry watching him sign SB 168 into law.
This is my home and I’m not going anywhere. I will do whatever it takes to reunite my family and protect others because every human being deserves to live without fear and with freedom and dignity.”
Maria Bilbao, Organizer with United We Dream – FL, said:
“Immigrants are the fabric of Florida and we are everywhere. But our racist Governor hates us. He has been plotting to imprison us in detention camps and deport us since day one of his campaign.
By signing SB 168 into law, Governor DeSantis and the Republicans have cemented their legacy for generations to come. They will be known for their terror and they will be guilty of deporting Floridians and their families.
Under this law, 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. Businesses and tourists must take extreme caution and we urge them to go elsewhere.
To all local elected officials, schools and churches, we must rise together to protect our families, friends, and neighbors. We must provide the opportunities and freedoms that Governor DeSantis is destroying.
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.”
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.