We can stop Senate Bill 168!
Anti-immigrant bill SB168 was rescheduled for a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, February 19 at 12:30 p.m. Thanks to your calls, emails, and showing up in person in Tallahassee, we got it postponed at the last hearing and now we have to do it again.
The Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate leadership needs to hear from you on why you oppose this bill. If approved in this committee, Senate leadership could take this bill to the Senate floor for approval as early as the first week of March. Can you call the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate President Bill Galvano and ask them to oppose SB 168?
Suggested call message:
Hello, my name is _________. I am calling to express serious concerns about Senate Bill 168, which is scheduled to be heard on February 19th. SB 168 would be devastating for all Floridians. It would criminalize and target members of Florida’s immigrant community and separate families. It will also hurt already limited law enforcement resources by making their work more difficult because it will further erode police-community trust. Victims of crime and survivors may not come forward for fear of being targeted. Please tell Senator _______ to stand with Florida’s immigrant community. It’s important that Senator _____ uses their voice to publicly opposes SB 168.
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee
- Chair: Senator David Simmons - 850.487.5009
- Senator Dennis Baxley - 850.487.5012
- Senator Travis Hutson - 850.487.5007
- Senator Kelli Stargel - 850.487.5022
Summary of Senate Bill 168:
This bill would make it impossible for local governments to protect the civil rights of its residents by forcing local governments and officials to cooperate with federal immigration authority at a level that is not required by law and has been challenged several times in federal courts. This bill also grants authority to remove an elected official from office for supporting policies that protect FL residents from racial profiling and it would empower the state to strip municipal governments of grant funding for 5 years while also imposing up to $5,000 fines per day!