Florida May Have Arizona-like Anti-Illegal Immigration Law By August

Editor’s Note – Not everyone is as confident that Florida Legislature will pass legislation dealing with the illegal immigration problem. 

Considering that this is an election year, it’s far more realistic that this issue will not be touched with a ten foot pole.

As for Rep. William Snyder, he is being disingenuous when he suggests that it’s up to Crist to extend this special session.  If the lawmakers want to extend the session, it is within their ability to do it.  Odds are, that’s not happening!

 

Florida May Have Arizona-like Anti-Illegal Immigration Law By August

By Chris Moody
The Daily Call

A Florida state representative says he is committed to proposing an “Arizona-style” immigration bill during Florida’s upcoming special legislative session that Governor Charlie Crist has called in response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Despite reluctance from other members of his party, Republican state Rep. Kevin Ambler said Monday that he would propose a tough immigration bill, potentially opening the door to a new summer controversy in the Sunshine State.

“The public is demanding that something be done and they don’t have the patience to wait until next year,” Ambler, who is making a run for the Florida Senate, said about a potential bill that would give Florida local authorities more power to enforce immigration laws.

The Florida state legislature typically meets for a 60-day session that begins in March. Crist, who was formerly a Republican but is now running for the U.S. Senate as an independent, called for the special session last week in an effort to reinforce Florida’s laws against oil drilling off the coast. While state law already bans the practice, Crist said he wants a constitutional amendment to make overturning the ban more difficult in the future. Critics have called the session “political posturing” for Crist, and say the governor is using the oil spill to advance his U.S. Senate campaign, but that has not stopped members like Ambler from trying to introduce new items for the agenda.

But even those who join Ambler in support of a new immigration bill don’t think the short session is nearly enough time to pass such a bill.

State Rep. William Snyder announced Sunday that he and state Sen. Mike Bennett will work on an immigration bill for Florida, but said they do not plan to introduce it until the 2011 session.

“I want to move the bill, but I do not foresee the governor expanding the call [for the special session] to include that,” Snyder said. “All the voices for and against should be heard and I think that is exceedingly difficult to accomplish in just a few days.”
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