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Judge Blocks Florida Law Criminalizing Transport of Undocumented ImmigrantsA federal judge has temporarily blocked the enforcement of a controversial Florida law that criminalizes the transport of undocumented immigrants into the state. The decision, delivered by Judge Roy K. Altman of the Southern District of Florida, halts a key part of Governor Ron DeSantis’ immigration agenda. This law, effective since July, aimed to prevent undocumented immigrants from entering Florida and has already led to arrests and human smuggling charges.In one notable case, a Mexican national has been detained for nearly a year after being charged with human smuggling for driving six other Mexicans from Georgia into Florida. Judge Altman, appointed by President Trump, stated that the law exceeds state authority and intrudes on federal jurisdiction, emphasizing that the United States holds the ultimate interest in federal immigration matters.

The decision follows a federal lawsuit filed in August by the Farmworker Association of Florida, representing nearly 12,000 seasonal and migrant farm workers, along with several advocacy organizations including the ACLU and the Southern Poverty Law Center. The lawsuit argued that the law harms immigrant communities, including mixed-status families and workers, as well as service providers assisting these communities.

Judge Altman highlighted that without an injunction, the law would cause “irreparable harm,” leading to family separations and negatively impacting organizations that transport immigrants for essential services.

At Serving Immigrants, we understand the challenges faced by immigrant communities and are committed to providing support and legal assistance. This ruling underscores the importance of protecting the rights of immigrants and ensuring they receive the necessary support and services. If you or someone you know needs assistance with immigration-related matters, our experienced team is here to help. Together, we can work towards a more just and compassionate approach to immigration.

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