In recent years, the Senate has blocked similar bills to ban sanctuary cities from heading to the governor's desk. In order to move forward, the House and the Senate had to iron out differences in their bills. The debate was lengthy, but conservatives looking to revitalize the "law of the land" got their wish this legislative cycle.
While those on the political Right praise the new law, many on the political Left believe it will do more harm to Floridians and immigrants looking for an opportunity to make it. Republicans say the measure will uphold the law by removing illegal aliens, and protect Floridians from dangerous criminals. Democrats, however, believe the potential law will hurt the Sunshine State, saying the legislation is an attempt to incite fear in immigrant communities.
But Republican leaders involved in the legislation believe the law sets an important precedent.
"Huge day for Florida and it was a great team effort with the Governor and Rep. Byrd working together to make sure we got it across the finish line," Sen. Gruters told The Florida Report.
"Most importantly, this was about recognizing citizenship. There is no greater title in the world than being an American citizen," Rep. Byrd said at today's bill signing.
Today's signing saw a huge turnout, with over 300 people showing up to see Gov. DeSantis and company make history in Okaloosa County.
Apart from Sen. Gruters and Rep. Byrd attending the event, other leaders in Florida made an appearance, including U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz who represented Okalossa and the 4th District when he served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives.
Coincidentally, today's landmark signing falls on the same day as President Trump's 73rd Birthday. Does that mean today's event happened by chance? Was it Florida's way of giving Trump a birthday present? With the wall and border security still being discussed at a national level, you be the judge of that.
The law is set to take effect on October 1.