Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Florida’s Anti-Immigration Law Receives Cold Response

The wave to replicate Arizona’s controversial anti-immigrant bills that helped shape the political victories of several Republican candidates including Florida’s Governor Rick Scott, is biting into a sharp dose of reality in his home state.           

Writing in the Sun Sentinel last week, columnist Aaron Deslatte recalls one of Scott’s tough-on-immigration campaign ads: “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. That’s common sense.”

But, now in office, Scott is finding it difficult to generate support for such a proposal from members of his own party.

The new Florida Agriculture Commissioner, Adam Putnam, a former Republican Congressman who grappled with immigration reform leading up to his last days in Congress last December says, “We are known as a diverse, welcoming state for international investors, international entrepreneurs … particularly from Latin America. We have to be very careful about messages we send explicitly and implicitly.”

Putnam argues that drawing comparisons between Florida’s current situation and Arizona’s problems is not fitting.

“Cutting and pasting the Arizona law is not what’s right for Florida,” he said.

Earlier this month, the Florida Senate opened hearings on whether to require police to check the immigration status of persons they have stopped, and whom they suspect may have entered the country illegally.

Afterward, one of the bill’s sponsors Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, backtracked and said the language in his own bill might be too harsh.

Another initiative that is not new, but is also on the table this year is the Florida Citizens Employment Protection Act, which would mandate that all employers use the federal E-Verify program to screen prospective employees’ legal status to work in this country. Under the proposal, those companies that refuse to sign an affidavit declaring they have no undocumented persons working for them could have their business licenses suspended.

According to the Sunshine News, supporters say the bill avoids the legal and logistical pitfalls of racial profiling and turning local police into immigration agents. The bill would block undocumented persons from the job market by directly targeting employers.

Gov. Rick Scott has already signed an executive order implementing E-Verify at all state agencies, but has backed off of a proposal to extend a requirement to usethe program to the private sector.

Business organizations ranging from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Florida’s agriculture industry claim that restrictions on the flow of cheap labor would devastate the domestic economy and send prices soaring.

Sunshine State News

Sun Sentinel

Orlando Sentinel

Comments

  1. Bunch of idiots in D.C. Who is paying these politians for the corruption. We need this law in Florida and all over the united states.What’s wrong with all these politians. They don’t want to see the reality of it we have been INVADED NOT by Martians but by Mexicans.

    • Laura Davis says

      Well, Mr. Rodriguez if the law does pass, you will be needing to pack your bags since your name, Ivan Rodriguez, is not very American.

  2. I love Rick scott! Sheriff ALPAIO, JEN BREWER, AND THE REST lOVE YOU GUYS.

  3. Ivan, seriously?! Last time I checked the history books, my ancestors were annexed in with Texas. My family owned most of the Valley & South Padre Island, named after my cousin Padre Nicholas. These laws will be targeting YOU, MR. RODRIGUEZ! Check out Arizona’s lawsuits!

  4. Our great America was built by whom?

    Latinos(mostly mexicans) helped make Georgia what it is today – cheap labour for
    ‘subdivisions”farms”maids”landscaping”construction’etc – now they treat them like
    criminals…

    FEAR mongers???

    Yea – WAR on drugs…mostly blacks/latino(90%) in PRISONS…

    WAR on Terror…mostly muslims targeted for PRISONS…

    Umm, WAR on immigrants – mostly latinos in PRISONS…

    Gee, who benefits?

  5. KEEP OUT OF GA MY BROTHERS/SISTERS…ANYONE LOOKING U KNOW, BROWN(ISH)…

    PRISON, PRISON, PRISON…

    LEAVE GA AND THIER ONE GREAT CITY ‘ATLANTA’…

    FLORIDA HAS ENDLESS CITIES…

    WHAT A STOOOOOOOPID BUNCH(6 MONTHS IN OFFICE AND THIS BULL)…$$$ TALKS.

  6. Certainly not the taxpayers…that is, the people who dont work for cash..

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