On Friday morning, State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith introduced the Transparency and Responsibility Using State Tools or TRUST Act, legislation that aims to limit the powers of local law enforcement in enforcing federal immigration legislation being set by the Trump administration.
Surrounded by representatives from several Central Florida Immigrant organizations which formed the TRUST Coalition, Smith described the measures of the bill which includes restricting the use of state law officers from enforcing federal immigration policy without a court order, legal counsel for those taken into custody, and prohibiting the use of federal resources for any registering purposes.
“Today, even as we speak the Trump administration is launching a full fledged attack on immigrants of all backgrounds.” said Smith “They are working hard, raising families and paying taxes just like everyone else. We rely on immigrants as part of our local economy and our everyday lives”
Immigration and Travel policy has been one of the most controversial issues in Central Florida since Trump took office in January. The first travel ban set off protests in airports across the country including here at Orlando International Airport.
The legislation faces an uphill climb in the Republican controlled legislature. State Senator Victor Torres has filed companion legislation in the State Senate.
“State and local law enforcement officials are tasked with ensuring the safety of the public at large.” said Carmen Torres, the wife of the State Senator who represented him at the press conference “To distract them from that mission by asking the already limited law enforcement resources to be directed to enforce federal regulation jeopardizes the safety of the general public”