Press Statement

Statement by UnidosUS on Enactment of Senate Bill 168

June 14, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—UnidosUS (formerly NCLR)—the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization—today issued the following statement by Jared Nordlund, Florida Senior Strategist, in response to Governor Ron DeSantis signing Senate Bill 168 into law. The law will essentially require local and state law enforcement to serve as federal immigration agents and ban so-called “sanctuary city” policies, even though none exist in the state.

“With his signature on SB 168, Governor DeSantis chose the politics of division over Florida’s interests. It will now foster unequal treatment under the law and put all Latinos in the crosshairs of racial profiling—residents and tourists alike, regardless of immigration status.

“As human beings, what keeps us safe is living in communities where we treat each other like neighbors, regardless of our differences or where we come from. Despite this core societal value, the new law threatens millions of Florida families and stands to impact the state’s economy. It creates a hostile environment for immigrants, undermines trust in law enforcement and could potentially cause workers in critical industries such as tourism, agriculture and construction to leave the Sunshine State.

“This was an unnecessary step for Governor DeSantis to take, and UnidosUS, along with our Florida Affiliate Network, joined local businesses, law enforcement, faith and nongovernmental organizations, in raising our voices against this measure. The fight is not over, and we will remain engaged in this issue.”

--Jared Nordlund, Florida Senior Strategist, UnidosUS

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.