Editor’s Note – As reported in this story, Florida may very well see more than one bill introduced to address the illegal immigration issue in the state.
One thing is certain, with a Republican super majority in the Legislature and a Republican Governor, there’s no reason to believe that our lawmakers will not act.
However, keep in mind that any new law alone will not solve our problems. In fact, there are existing laws that would accomplish this, where they enforced. The real challenge is changing the mind set that tolerates non-enforcement, which is no easy task.
Florida Follows Arizona’s Lead With New Bill Cracking Down on Illegal Immigrants
By Stephen Clark
Florida has joined Arizona on the front lines of battling illegal immigration with a new bill released this week that seeks to crack down on the estimated 800,000 undocumented workers in the state.
The bill, filed by state Sen. Michael Bennett, allows law enforcement officers to check the residency status of anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant and would punish some legal immigrants who aren’t carrying proper documentation.
Florida has been flirting with releasing an immigration bill since the summer when outgoing state Attorney General Bill McCollum wrote a similar proposal with state Rep. William Snyder. But Snyder has yet to file that bill.
Snyder told FoxNews.com that he’s in no rush to file his bill and expects to unveil it next month. He said he is consulting with state Attorney General-elect Pam Bondi and minority who are concerned about the bill promoting racial profiling.
“Filing a bill is just pushing a button,” he said. “I could do that in instant. Getting people behind the bill is what legislation is all about.”
Bennett could not be reached for comment. A spokesman for Florida Gov.-elect Rick Scott, who campaigned on cracking down on illegal immigrants in the state, did not return a message seeking comment.
Bondi said she is still reviewing the details of Bennett’s bill but expressed support for such a law.
“I am committed to working with the legislature in support of an immigration law for Florida that protects the public, guards against racial profiling and upholds the rule of law,” she said in a written statement to FoxNews.com. “I will stand up to any effort by the federal government to stop Florida from implementing such a law.”
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