TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — All Florida government agencies would be prohibited from doing business with transportation companies that bring immigrants who are in the country illegally into the state under a priority bill for Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The legislation received its first approval Monday from the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The bill is DeSantis’ effort to keep the federal government from sending people crossing the Mexican border illegally to Florida.

DeSantis, a potential 2024 presidential candidate, has repeatedly criticized President Joe Biden’s immigration policies. Opponents said the measure could prevent children from being reunited with parents.

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