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Federal judge rules against DeSantis ban on so-called sanctuary cities, noting hate group ties

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A federal judge this week struck down key portions of Florida’s ban on so-called sanctuary cities, “declaring portions of a law unconstitutional and tinged with ‘discriminatory motives,’” Miami Herald reports. The court’s ruling cites “biased and unreliable data generated” by two notorious anti-immigrant hate groups founded by white nationalist and eugenicist John Tanton. Notably, the judge’s decision refers to these organizations as hate groups.

“This ruling is a victory for immigrants across the state of Florida,” a coalition of groups fighting the law said in a statement received by Daily Kos. “This law was clearly developed to encourage racial profiling, civil rights violations, isolation of immigrant communities, and unjust deportations. It did more harm for the causes of public safety than good. This should send a clear message to Gov. DeSantis and all those proponents of this racist law that they will not go unchallenged.”

The Associated Press (AP) reports that DeSantis had pushed the law while running for governor, in 2019 signing legislation “at a campaign-style appearance in........

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