Fewer people but outsized political power reside up North in Tallahassee, while Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade are considered “donor counties” — giving more revenue to the state than they receive back — some would argue they have undersized political influence.
Broward County’s population is expected to increase to nearly 2 million people next year. Over the next five years, our community is expected to have 167,320 new residents, bringing the total population to over 2.1 million in 2022. Are we ready?
Although the citizenship question will not be asked and it has eased the threat, many feel it has hardly eliminated it. The public controversy over the issue has already stirred fears of retribution among many immigrants, even those who are here legally, who say they will avoid filling out the census form even if the question is not asked.
The Florida Senate & House are currently working on legislation that would require local governments to use their “best efforts” to support federal immigration law, including complying with requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain suspected undocumented immigrants held in local jails until ICE is able to pick them up.