After bills aimed at banning so-called "sanctuary cities" were fast-tracked through the Legislature this year, progress grinded to a halt and they weren't heard for a week.
But the contentious bills will be heard in the House Judiciary and Senate Rules committees Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon respectively. These meetings are the last stops the bills need before heading to the chamber floor.
The bills create rules relating to federal immigration enforcement by prohibiting “sanctuary” policies and requiring state and local law enforcement to comply with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The bill also would give whistleblower status to officers who report citizenship violations by undocumented immigrants detained in local jails on unrelated charges.
"There's a lot of things that I think will still come through here that might appear stalled," Oliva told reporters last Thursday, in response to a question about the sanctuary cities proposal. "There are a lot of bills, next week's going to be a busy week, and then two weeks after that we're going to be in this chamber almost all day. There's still a lot of things to get done."
"There's time for that," he said of sanctuary cities, though he said he doubted the House would advance that proposal by this week.
The topic of sanctuary cities became national news Thursday night, when the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump is giving "strong considerations" to releasing immigrant detainees in "sanctuary cities."
Gov. Ron DeSantis, an ally of the president, campaigned aggressively against sanctuary cities in his state of the state address. He told the crowd that Florida “will not be a sanctuary state" and that he “won’t tolerate sanctuary cities that actively frustrate law enforcement.”