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DeSantis' new immigration plan would not recognize California's IDs for undocumented migrants

The proposal also plans to track how much health care is being spent on migrants and invalidate out-of-state IDs for illegal immigrants

El gobernador de Florida, Ron DeSantis
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March 8, 2023 8:24am

Updated: March 8, 2023 11:21am

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ new proposal to tackle the immigration crisis in his state could invalidate California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s bill to give undocumented migrants state IDs.

DeSantis said in a statement announcing the policy that Florida would not “turn a blind eye to the dangers of Biden’s border crisis," adding that his administration would "do everything in our power to protect the people of Florida from what's going on at the border and the border crisis." 

DeSantis’ legislative plan will attempt to curb the influx of undocumented migrants by increasing penalties for human smuggling and falsifying documents. Additionally, the proposal also plans to track how much health care is being spent on migrants and invalidate out-of-state IDs for illegal immigrants. 

“With this legislation, Florida is continuing to crack down on the smuggling of illegal aliens, stopping municipalities from issuing ID cards to people here illegally, and ensuring that employers are hiring American citizens or those here legally,” said the Governor.

By invalidating out-of-state IDs, Florida’s law enforcement officers will not be permitted to recognize the California issued identification as valid. 

DeSantis’ proposal means that the millions of driver's licenses that have been given to undocumented migrants in states such as California would no longer be valid. 

Last September, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 1766, known as “California IDs for all,” allowing millions of people who are not in the country legally to obtain a California ID. The law is expected to go into effect by July 1, 2027. 

"I believe that this is going to be the largest, most comprehensive, landmark state-led anti-illegal immigration bill ever passed in the United States," Florida state Sen. Blaise Ingoglia, who is working on the proposal with DeSantis, told Fox News. 

"It should be the blueprint for other states to pass so we can all push back as states on the federal government, the Biden administration, Secretary Mayorkas, and their open border policies," he added.