Gruters and Byrd, who were the key sponsors this past legislative session to ban sanctuary cities, said they are eager to hit the road to hear from Floridians so that they can continue their fight against illegal immigration in the state.
"With another legislative session on the horizon, we believe it's important to go straight to Floridians and hear their ideas on how we can further improve our immigration system," Gruters and Byrd said in a press release. "We look forward to having a very lively conversation and encourage people of all political affiliations to join in."
The debate surrounding the crisis at the border continues to be the most hotly contested problems in politics. Like a carousel, the topic of immigration is played in a contentious loop on every major network, dominating almost every headline and news feed. The white-hot emergency is not going away anytime soon, and Republicans and Democrats running for office in 2020 will focus heavily on tackling the immigration problem.
Unfortunately, both sides are handling the epidemic in different ways.
Democrats are tactically using the border crisis for their advantage, demonizing border agents and policies that detain illegal immigrants for breaking the law. Meanwhile, Republicans are attempting to re-establish the rule of law, and hold those who break it accountable.
With the political Left continuing to use the plight at the border to pander to their progressive base, the decision to embark on a tour is a refreshing deviance from the typical photo op that is utilized by politicians. Both Gruters and Byrd are using the tour as a test, hoping to gauge public opinion that will help craft future legislation.
With so much at stake in 2020, both in Florida and for the entire country, the tour is certain to be a significant event that will serve as a catalyst for future policy and legislation.
Gruters, who doubles as the Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, said the tour is a chance to set an important precedent not just in the Sunshine State, but on the national political landscape.
"D.C. has failed Florida on this issue," Gruters told The Florida Report.
The listening tour will stretch from August 19 to August 21 and include the cities of Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Orlando, Jacksonville, Melbourne and Fort Myers. Gruters and Byrd will also visit the migrant detention center located in Homestead, Florida.
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