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Rick Scott Firm on Support for Arizona-Style Immigration Law as Bill Moves Forward

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Governor Rick Scott remains steadfast in bringing Arizona-style immigration laws to Florida even as members of the state GOP remain wary of the idea. Today, State Rep. William Snyder, R-Stuart, held the first hearing on his bill that would bring such new laws to Florida.

Snyder's bill would mean any non-U.S. residents not found to be carrying alien registration documentation could be charged with a crime, and employers would need to check a federal database to check the immigration status of any potential hires.

Gov. Scott reaffirmed his support of such a law this morning, according to Post on Politics.

"The federal government needs to secure our borders. We need to have an overall immigration policy that is logical and that works and is fair to Americans and fair to people that want to come to our country that we invite to come to our country," Scott said.

Of course, unlike Arizona, Florida only shares borders with other American state. Though our ample coastline is susceptible to illegal penetration.

"At the same time, I also believe that if you're in our country and you do something illegally, you should be able to be asked just like I get asked for my ID if I ever get a traffic ticket, they should be asked if they're legal or not. I clearly don't believe in racial profiling," Scott continued.

We think though there is a difference between asking about immigration status, and making it a crime to not have proof of such immigration status on you at all times.

Interestingly, a number of prominent Republicans in the state are warning against adopting such laws.

Florida Chamber Foundation president David Brill warned lawmakers Monday that such laws could have a "chilling effect" on foreign investment in the state, while other business leaders echoed his concern.

Others are worried that the required federal database is a flawed system.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, former Governor Jeb Bush, Senator Marco Rubio and several prominent Hispanic Republicans in the state have also questioned whether Florida needs to follow Arizona's controversial lead.

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Dave Francis
Dave Francis

The American taxpayer needs to be alerted of the terrible toll of illegal immigration fiscal impact on federal, State and municipal government public services. We need more politicians as Rep. Elton Galligey chairman of a congressional immigration panel who believes that the American people deserve tougher immigration laws and that immigration laws are being neglected by States and their counties. Illegal aliens are reducing the retirement payments, pensions to our Senior Citizens. At http://tinyurl.com/5u8wc2n According to the Journal of American (the report on Illegal Aliens and American medicine) http://tinyurl.com/o6r27 defines the statement as a monolithic non-reimbursement concern of hurting hospitals across the United States. Illegal aliens are costing more than the prior Iraqi war as seen here, http://tinyurl.com/4ss2hzf Another argument is the education system , that has become a massive bottomless pit of money, for schooling the children of illegal immigrants http://tinyurl.com/5nk42a

Then we have the illegal alien crime wave adding to our own criminals spreading in every neighborhood across this nation. http://tinyurl.com/4hvzphx These are reports with reputable sources that are just the tip of the iceberg that every taxpayer should read. http://tinyurl.com/6h238a2 and http://tinyurl.com/6aupx9w Removing illegal immigrants from America that we are feeding, housing and giving free hospital access, would go a very long way in saving bankruptcies in state treasuries and the federal failure of placing American taxpayers before nationals of other corrupt countries. Call your Senator or politician about illegal Immigration, and Amnesty at Washington switchboard to be connected at 202-224-3121. The nation should only welcome highly skilled workers, and denounces any Liberal progressive lawmaker who sees the invasion as great generator of cash for the economy.

When every day US citizens and legal non-citizens who are rightfully here have been uprooted from their jobs, only to find an illegal alien has stepped into that spot lowering wages. In these type of circumstances it is the displaced workers duty to report this suspicious activity to ICE. Once the --REAL--DOUBLE --FENCE is constructed with concertina razor wire and every inch of the border region is sealed by stationed troops. Then the military without restrictions has access to prohibited to open land where smugglers and the drug cartel reside and take them out, Then perhaps later a uniform Guest Worker program can be introduced, without the rampant fraud that exists right now after interior and border enforcement. NumbersUSA.

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Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

it's time to end the "wet foot, dry foot" policy, in terms of allowing Cuban refugees a free pass into the USA? They are no different than any other illegal immigrant. apply for a visa. If you can't get one, stay and fight for your country...pick up a gun.

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