Civil rights groups sue Florida officials over new immigration law

MIAMI (TodayNews) — Several civil rights groups filed a federal lawsuit Monday challenging Florida’s new immigration law.

Southern Poverty Law Center, American Civil Liberties Union, Florida ACLU, Americans for Immigration Justice, and the American Immigration Council file lawsuit in Miami federal court against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, and State Attorney Nicholas B. Cox . on behalf of the Florida Farm Workers Association and others, according to court records.

The law, which DeSantis, a Republican, signed into law in May, supports his migrant resettlement program and limits social services for immigrants without permanent legal status. It also expands the requirements for businesses with more than 25 employees to use E-Verify, the federal system that determines whether employees can legally work in the US. Another provision requires hospitals accepting Medicaid to include a nationality question on admission forms.

The lawsuit focuses on provisions that criminalize the transportation to Florida of persons who may have illegally entered the country and have not been subject to “verification” by the federal government since. The complaint alleges that the state unconstitutionally unilaterally regulates federal immigration and criminalizes people without fair notice. He also argues that Florida’s use of the term “inspection” is incoherent and unconstitutionally vague.

In May, DeSantis began campaigning for the Republican Party’s 2024 presidential nomination, emphasizing his tough stance on illegal immigration. DeSantis sent Florida National Guard soldiers to Texas to secure the borders and instructed Florida to pay for charter flights bringing migrants from Texas to other parts of the country.

The governor’s office did not immediately respond to a message asking for comment on the lawsuit on Monday. A spokesman for the governor’s office has previously said the new law targets illegal immigration, not those legally in the US.

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