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florida house passes bill aimed at ‘sanctuary cities’

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florida house passes bill aimed at ‘sanctuary cities’

tallahassee, fla. (ap) — after a rancorous debate that included sharp criticism of president donald trump’s comments about certain countries, the florida house on friday passed a contentious bill designed to crack down on cities and counties that don’t comply with federal immigration authorities.this is the third year in a row that the republican-controlled house has passed a bill aimed at so-called sanctuary cities. the measure has yet to move in the florida senate, but the gop head of that chamber suggested it may be considered.the house vote was 71-35 and split along party lines with republicans such as house speaker richard corcoran saying it was needed to go after “rogue” elected officials who decide to ignore federal immigration laws. democrats contended the measure would result in racial profiling and they seized on trump’s comments to assert that the debate about immigration was charged with racial overtones.during a private meeting, trump used vulgar language about why the u.s. should be accepting more immigrants from haiti and african nations than from countries like norway.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.“his words reflect an attitude toward countries with black and brown people that is simply racist,” said rep. sean shaw, a democrat from tampa.while rep. joe gruters defended the president and said that “president trump loves all people,” other republicans said they didn’t agree with his comments.“i do not share tho...