They need to avoid Florida because the state is no longer refusing to cooperate with immigration enforcement.
Describing the enforcement of duly authorized immigration law as a refusal to “push back against the anti-immigrant policies” of Donald Trump, groups are telling “immigrants” and “people of color” to avoid Florida. Of course, that’s nonsense. There is nothing illegal about any skin color in the United States and legal immigrants have nothing to worry about.
The Associated Press reports, “Immigrants warned about Florida travel as arrests soar.”
More than a dozen advocacy groups issued a warning about traveling in Florida on Wednesday saying immigration arrests there have soared more rapidly in the past year than in any other area of the country.
Leaders from immigrant rights and nonprofit organizations said new cooperation between Immigration and Customs Enforcement and 17 Florida sheriffs is also spreading fear in the state.
The travel advisory issued by 15 groups warns immigrants from other states to reconsider Florida trips or to be ready to encounter immigration agents […].
“We are taking the step of warning our communities that as the Florida lawmakers, state, local and federal do not take steps to push back against the anti-immigrant policies, we do not feel like our communities are safe in the state,” said Tomas Kennedy, deputy political director at the Florida Immigrant Coalition.
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