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For Immediate Release

UWD Staff

DeSantis Prioritizes Hurting Immigrants While Millions of Floridians Deal with the Consequences of his Failed Covid Response

The expansion of the sanctuary city ban would shut out local governments from providing protection to undocumented people.
Contact: Mariana Ochoa | mariana@unitedwedream.org | (786) 807-7425

Miami – This week, Florida’s Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee approved measure SB 1808, a bill aimed at expanding and updating the current sanctuary city ban (SB 168) to include any policies and protections put in place by local governments. Gov. Ron DeSantis has been strongly pushing for the bill which would take effect immediately after DeSantis signs it despite the fact that SB 168 is in a legal battle at the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals after being struck down by a federal judge in Miami. 

Romina Montenegro, Florida Advocacy Coordinator of United We Dream, said:

“While millions of Floridians deal with the nightmare of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ failed COVID-19 response, he is instead choosing to prioritize hurting immigrants, many of them having helped to keep us safe, fed, and healthy throughout the pandemic. Instead of focusing on his failed-COVID response plan, he and Republicans are pushing for the expansion of the sanctuary city ban as well as deputizing local law enforcement to collaborate with ICE. Clearly, Governor DeSantis is prioritizing discriminatory and anti-immigrant policies over the lives of Floridians as the state currently has over 5 million confirmed COVID cases and 64,002 deaths. 

Make no mistake, SB 1808 is an orchestrated policy proposal aimed at growing the support of white supremacists through xenophobic and racist policies. We will continue to call out this and other draconian initiatives including efforts to undermine abortion, voting and LGBTQ rights which seems to be a key priority of the DeSantis Administration.” 


United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation; made up of a multi-racial and multi-ethnic network of 1.2 million members, over 100 local groups, and a reach of over 5 million per month. UWD’s vision is to push for just policies that allow everyone to thrive regardless of immigration status. United We Dream is fighting for a multi-racial democracy that works for everyone by building a movement of young people who organize and advocate for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color. You can find more at www.unitedwedream.org.


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