(WCJB)-- A rally was held in Tallahassee Tuesday, those attending are opposed to a bill that would ban sanctuary cities in Florida by requiring local law enforcement to cooperate with ICE detainer requests.
One lawmaker believes the move would have unintended consequences.
"There are no exemptions for asylum seekers, for example, folks who have fled the Maduro regime in Venezuela who have not yet had their paperwork approved by the trump administration. This would escalate deportation in mass in our state," said FL State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith
In addition to mandating cooperation with federal authorities, the bill would permit local officials who allow sanctuary city policies to be suspended or removed from office and permit fines up to $5,000 a day for violations.
A final vote in the House is expected Wednesday. A similar bill is pending in the state Senate.