DeSantis Goes After ‘Community IDs’ Used by Illegals

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Governor Ron DeSantis made a strong statement against illegal immigration as he signed three bills on Friday. These bills are aimed at deterring undocumented immigrants from entering the state.

New measures were recently approved during the legislative session that concluded last week.

“We really appreciate what people are doing who are wearing the (law enforcement) uniform to help keep our communities safe. So I think these bills will go a long way to helping make their job easier and make them even more effective,” DeSantis said.

These measures aim to address the issue of “community” identification cards, enhance criminal penalties for individuals with prior deportations, and impose stricter punishments for repeated instances of driving without licenses.

One of the most prominent bills (HB 1451) aims to further restrict the use of community identification cards.

A new legislation is set to prohibit counties and municipalities from accepting community IDs if they were issued by organizations that have provided identification to individuals who are residing in the country without legal status.

These cards, usually provided by non-profit organizations or other non-governmental groups, have limitations on their usage. They are not valid for driving or voting, but they are designed to function as an alternative form of identification.

In 2021, Broward County took the step of authorizing the use of community ID cards.

The Broward Community ID Project, operated by the Legal Aid Service of Broward County, offers identification cards to individuals who can demonstrate their residency within the county.

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