BLOGS/COLUMNS - IMMIGRATION OPINIONS
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Why conservatives should oppose Arizona's immigration law U.S. Rep. Connie Mack
Arizona law doesn't make cops ogres Brent Batten
Capital Column: Is Arizona immigration law coming to Florida? Michael Peltier
The Arizona Immigration law Reason to Rush by Dave Rush
Immigration Reform Must Benefit America Immigration Reformer by Nina Mold
Constitutional Inquiry - Is Arizona's Immigration Law Unconstitutional? Part I of III Florida Law by J. Patrick Buckley
An Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigration is gaining ground in Florida, the state with the third-highest undocumented population.
The state House’s top legislator on criminal justice issues says he wants to see legislation to mirror Arizona’s controversial illegal immigration crackdown. The Arizona law requires police to check the immigration status of people they stop, if they reasonably suspect them to be here illegally.
“I would absolutely, 100 percent, unequivocally support an Arizona law,” said Rep. William Snyder, R-Stuart, a former police officer and chairman of the Criminal and Civil Justice Committee. “The state has its own sovereignty and we have a right to participate in federal efforts to stop illegal immigration. I’m not at all opposed to introducing that bill — it’s something I’m considering.”
Even though Florida has a high concentration of illegal immigrants, the issue has not been a high concern to the Republican-controlled state Legislature in Tallahassee. Efforts to crack down on illegal immigration, such as a bill two years ago to deport some state prisoners here illegally, haven’t gone anywhere.
That might be changing. Upstart Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott, a Naples multimillionaire, has made illegal immigration a centerpiece of his campaign. In his latest TV ad, Scott pledges to bring the Arizona law to Florida and attacks his GOP primary opponent, frontrunner Attorney General Bill McCollum, for not wanting to do the same. McCollum supports the Arizona law, but says it’s not needed in Florida.
“Rick Scott backs Arizona’s law. He’ll bring it to Florida and let our police check if the people they arrest are here legally,” the ad says.
The leading Democratic gubernatorial candidate, CFO Alex Sink, opposes the Arizona law and says it “unfairly discriminates against U.S. citizens, residents and lawful visitors.”
“American citizens should not be made to fear that their citizenship will come into question during a routine traffic stop,” she said through her spokeswoman, Kyra Jennings. Sink said the federal government needs to pass comprehensive immigration reform.