Judge Flip-Flops On Major Immigration Law

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(TruthAndLiberty.com) – Hours after a federal judge blocked an immigration law in Florida, the judge appeared to reverse his own ruling.

On Tuesday, Judge Roy Altman issued an injunction temporarily blocking a critical part of Republican Governor Ron DeSantis’s immigration law. DeSantis’s law would have made transporting migrants into the Sunshine State a felony.

Altman sided with the Farmworker Association of Florida that DeSantis’s law was preempted by federal law.

However, on Wednesday, in a supplemental order, Altman wrote that he would like to “clarify” his preliminary injunction’s scope. He added that there were numerous reasons a state-wide injunction would be appropriate.

Then, hours later, Altman appeared to backtrack, issuing another order that “on further reflection,” he would host a briefing about the injunction’s “proper scope.”

In his later order, Altman wrote that all parties would need to submit a brief by June 6 to ascertain whether the junction would apply to the plaintiffs or be a district- or state-wide injunction.

Altman in his original order, rejected Republican Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody’s arguments. Moody argued the injunction would prevent law enforcement from doing its job, including efforts to identify possible drug traffickers. 

Last year, DeSantis signed Florida’s immigration law, SB 1718, leading the state to relocate migrants to blue states across the country.

However, last July, the Farmworker Association of Florida filed the lawsuit, highlighting the state’s transportation of illegal migrants.

After Altman issued his injunction, a senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Spencer Amdur, with the Immigrants Rights Project, indicated Altman’s decision was correct, stating that law would threaten ordinary Floridians with “jail time for doing the most ordinary things.”

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