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A Majority of Floridians Support Adopting Arizona-Style Immigration Laws

Categories: Politicks
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Floridians have seen the controversy that's erupted in Arizona over their controversial immigrations bill: the economic boycotts, the worries of racial profiling and charges of racism, and the arguments that it violates the US Constitution. Yet, a majority of Floridians have said, "We'd like what they're having," despite the fact Florida shares no borders with a foreign nation, has different immigration issues than Arizona, and has an economy dependent on tourism.

According to a poll by Suffolk University, 51 percent of Floridians think the state should adopt immigration laws similar to Arizona. Unsurprisingly, the issues exposes deep differences amongst race.

White voters favor the law 59 percent to 26 percent. Hispanics opposes the law 47 percent to 36 percent. Somewhat surprisingly though African American voters disapprove of such laws by a far greater margin than Hispanics at a rate of 62 percent to 25 percent.

The law also exposes differences amongst parties. Only 32 percent of Democrats favor such laws, while 48 percent oppose. Seventy-four percent of Republicans favor the law, while only 16 percent oppose. Independent's favor the law at a rate of 50 percent with only 35 percent disapproving.

When asked a slightly different question -- whether current Florida immigrations laws were too lenient, too strict or just right -- 52 percent said they were too lenient, 8 percent said they were too strict, 18 percent said they preferred the laws as they are.

The Suffolk poll did not ask Floridians if they actually knew what Florida's current immigrations laws are, or if they new exactly what Arizona's new laws entail.

Currently various bills hoping to mimic Arizona's laws are making their way through the Republican controlled Florida legislature.

[A Pollster on Polling via The Buzz]

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Wehobson
Wehobson

I suspect Native Americanns would agree to such a law. Wonder if they woulod ask to make it retroactive.

Lightsoutnow30
Lightsoutnow30

I am a Tejano and support all laws like the one in Arizona. Did you know if they pull you over for no other reason then color you can sue. I myself have an android phone and could be easily put to record. The cops know it and we know it. This will only effect illegals because they have no papers. Time we seal up the borders and start acting like a Country. I may sound like a bigot, but if people can see what 3rd world countries are like, like I have, you would never want this Great and Proud Country to be dragged down to that level.

US Marine 0331, with 2 combat tours.

Bacan49
Bacan49

Marco Rubio, the "darling" of Florida republicans is one of the supporters of an immigration law like the one we enacted in Arizona. He is "cuban-american", this is the kind of people that enjoyed preferential immigratory treatment, via the so called, "cuban adjustment act", which is a discriminatory legislation under which all cubans arriving to USA are admitted under the pretense that they come here escaping political persecution in Cuba. FALSE, they come to USA, for the same reason all latinos come, looking for a better life. Even, a good number of cubans leave Cuba and are admitted into another country, where they do not fave to fear from Fidel Castro, they still head to Miami and are admitted as " political refugees". I think they just fear missing the sales special events at Macy's and Burdines.All the cuban-american legislators from Florida get elected with the votes of their fellow cubans, then dedicate their time to "combat Castro-communism" . Ja, Ja, in more than 55 years they have not made a dent on Fidel Castro's regime, I suspect that this due to the fact that they really need Castro alive and in power to justify their elections to their stupid cuban supporters. Lets say, What reason would get a person like Ileana Ros-Lehtinen elected to congress in the absence of the Castro regime in Cuba? This lady cannot articulate two good political, social or economic policies to push in Congress, the only thing that presents her as an atractive politician is the "Castro scarecrow". And we, the non-cuban latinos, we end stuck with this person in Congress not representing us, just dedicated to "overtrow Castro and fight terrorism" and yet, in these days they were financing the legal defense of a notorious terrorist, Mr. Luis Posada Carriles, and now they are celebrating his absolution in a legal court and organizing parades and rallies where they will show him as "a patriot". what a joke, ah?Yes, but a very sad joke, because they are in the way to approve a law to persecute and deport all other latinos that do not have the cuban immigratory privileges. I have an idea.All latinos, go to Cuba and then jump to Miami and speaking with a good cuban accent they will immediately admitted as refugees. Fidel castro is the best immigration lawyer somebody can hire, and IS FREE!!!.God bless fairness and democracy... and the banana republic of Miami.

Close our borders
Close our borders

We should close our borders. No more Cuban rafters. No more Haitian boat people. South Florida is being crushed under the huge financial burden caused by too many illegal foreigners using roads, schools and hospitals.

No wonder taxes are so high and services so poor.

Deport the illegals
Deport the illegals

Miami Herald reports on April 23rd that Jackson Hospital is In huge debt because too many illegal foreigners are taking up bed space and refusing or unable to pay for services. One deadbeat has been at Jackson over 500 days at $10,000 per day.

Deport the illegals.

Morpheus4469
Morpheus4469

So many misguided laws prevail in American because a large percent of voters do not fully understand the implications of what a particular law might do There is no doubt that immigration reform is necessary but it must be carefully constructed and not carried to the extreme.

StokeyBob
StokeyBob

I wish you all the luck but I’m afraid the deck is stacked against law, order, and freedom.

When I started looking into where the money was coming from to buy off the politicians and subvert the immigration laws of the world, I came across what may be the root of many of our problems. Fiat Money.No matter how much real money people can put together to build their countries the way they want there are those that can print up what ever it takes to get their way.Maybe this will help make the danger of fiat money clear.Imagine you and me are setting across from each other. We create enough money to represent all of the world's wealth. Each one of us has one SUPER Dollar in front of him.You own half of everything and so do I.I'm the government though. I get bribed into creating a Central Bank.You're not doing what I want you to be doing so I print up myself eight more SUPER Dollars to manipulate you with.All of a sudden your SUPER Dollar only represents one tenth of the wealth of the world!That isn't the only thing though. You need to get busy and get to work because YOU'VE BEEN STIFFED with the bill for the money I PRINTED UP to get YOU TO DO what I WANTED.That to me represents what has been happening to the economy, and us, and why so many of our occupations just can't keep up with the fake money presses.

DelawareBob
DelawareBob

Go, Florida. Get an illegal immigration bill passed and signed into law. My feelings on the Arizona law, well, maybe it is best to wait until it all clears the courts. I see nothing wrong with the bill, but, maybe you should wait.

Oh, remember this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Get rid of the illegal aliens. They don't belong here.

levotb
levotb

Unfortunately, Florida's Immigration bill is very weak thanks to the Chamber of Horrors and the Farm Bureau. What the writer fails to state are the % of Conservatives who don't support this bill because it's such a weak bill. The E-verify provision isn't worth the paper it's written on. Republican support would be higher if it was closer to Arizona's 1070 E-verify provision--requiring CURRENT as well as new hires to be checked for their immigration status by their employers. There are at least 8 million illegals working for a paycheck, taking jobs away from Americans. They would be left alone by Snyder's pathetic bill.

Majority says Go Now
Majority says Go Now

Florida for legal Floridians and rich foreigners who shop at Bal Harbour. Raft people need to leave. Go get free health care in your own countries. Now.

BajaRat
BajaRat

Illegal aliens are criminals and parasites, one and all. Practically everything they do on U.S. soil is illegal. They need to be ferreted out, rounded up like cattle, punished for their numerous crimes, then booted back to whence they snuck in from with such extreme prejudice that they will never, ever think of violating our sovereignty again. Enough is enough.

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Dave Francis
Dave Francis

If you want to see the 14.5 trillion dollar US deficit reduced, we must enforce our immigration laws. In 1986 Immigration Control and Reform Act was a zero-tolerance policy that was subverted by business interests. We cannot afford any more half measures, from the ongoing resistance of politicians like Senator Harry Reid (D-NV in the growing reaching empowerment of the TEA PARTY. Illegal Immigration is an incendiary issue, caused over decades of Washington lack of sympathy to US worker, with estimates of 20 million foreign nationals feeding of the welfare system they have—NOT--attributed too? The worst issue is the instant baby citizenship law, which has become a perpetual foothold for hundreds of thousands of illegal families annually and probably the most fiscally of expenditure for taxpayers. Our overcrowded through k-12 schools are suffering, with hospital emergency rooms not far behind.

For the price of an airline ticket or dodging the US border patrol they arrive here with many afflictions, knowing from distant dialogue, that American physicians must treat you under the law. Arizona Policing laws (SB1070) subject to rejection by the Supreme Court in the future have dealt a sharp blow to the radical Leftists, that evidence is proving the laws are having a positive effect. Huge numbers of illegal unwelcome persons are moving out to places unknown. Interesting enough that I read an article that even though radical activists are boycotting Arizona in hope of eroding their commerce, the reverse has happened. Average Americans have seen through Obama's Department of In-Justice and streamed into the State, guaranteeing high concentrations of tourists. Arizona has a high foreclosure rate, but it was caused by the real estate crash, not boycotts. In fact it seems Canadians escaping from the cold weather swept in, brought properties and even my Ex-wife portends to buy a home there.

So the State of Arizona has made a roundabout turn, and the State is thriving and the populations of economic illegal immigrants are leaving for new turf. With malleable States nearby like Sanctuary California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado this is their final destination. These have been economic aliens and they have already devastated some of the Border States, with public service opportunities. President Obama held a meeting with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Richard Trumka, leader of the AFL-CIO and a host of open border organizations and business lobbyists at the White House.

Little is known because the conference was closed to the press media, reassured it will lead to a dead end. Their evident reason to be there is to push for a mass amnesty, even at a time when 10 million Americans are still unemployed. Most people have no conception of these ramifications of a full volume amnesty, better dive into the web pages of NumbersUSA or Judicial Watch. You are assured this is only two of a nationwide grassroots revolution of pro-sovereignty entities, whose main issue is the illegal alien occupation. But even more so join a local TEA PARTY because under no circumstances will any kind of amnesty be passed. Only if President Obama successfully is reelected will this matter come up for a vote and the TEA PARTY will fight this pretense tooth and nail. You break the law; you must pay a penalty for it. Another amnesty no matter the fact will just attract more and more foreign nationals across our borders or to our shores.

The border is a volatile sticking point on illegal immigration, which other than around most cities and towns there is no real fencing. Its still is wide open to the drug cartels, the people smugglers and possible terrorist incursions according to Rancher Jim Chilton as stated this in his testimony. In a letter he drafted and claimed to the Department of Interior (DOI) and U.S. Department of Agriculture conference in Washington, that there was no border fence along 50 miles of his land. It should prove to all Americans, that there really is no serious attempt, to stop the inroad movement of foreign nationals no matter their intent? If there was illegal trespassing on sovereign land would be a felony, like Mexico and other countries. Janet Napolitano should take a trip to the ranchers land, and then declare the border was secure. What a sickening joke. One thing is for sure, the promise to the people from the TEA PARTY is that their Senators and Congressman enact bills, to build the Double Layer Fence and restrict any new laws on immigration. Illegal immigration has many financially unexposed branches, that many remain hidden from public view. Importation of less than perfect professional skills is another form of visa fraud as a demand for cheap labor. For years, a million or more semi-skilled labor has been arriving through stealth amnesties. Attn: Our election system has been compromised, as a 4 States have detected fraud from mostly non-citizens.

And Remember buy AMERICAN. Or soon your job may disappear? Elect Donald Trump! He is a billionaire and owes nobody in either party favors. He will stop the Chinese ripping us off. We owe them just this year 300 Billion dollars. He will negotiate the Free trade Agreements, as they unfair to American industry, draining billions of dollars in inferior goods. It will end Communist Buildup a military on our dollars. He will remove the tax incentives to move businesses into Mexico or overseas such as Maytag. We should give visas to the highest representatives of skilled workers, who will never use welfare, and put the enforcement brakes on impoverished illegal foreigners once and for all.

Florida for taxpayers
Florida for taxpayers

Illegal whites, illegal blacks, illegal browns and illegal greens should get deported. Anyone illegal should get put on a plane or a raft and deported.

Deport the illegal aliens
Deport the illegal aliens

Florida legislators should pass laws to ban illegal aliens. Legal taxpaying residents are already paying too much so Illegals can use our schools and our hospitals.

Illegal aliens should be deported.

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

to Kyle Munzenrieder Not all Spanish people aka people form Latin America support illegal Immigration

Why is this anti-hispanic when it applies to all illegal immigrants?

to washington DC first remove the "Wet feet / Dry Feet ridiculous immigration policy. Cuban's should not get any special treatment. Everyone should be treated the same way . All Men Are Created Equal

goby
goby

Of course, after 400 years of practice, 'whitey' never gets tired of oppressing others. That a majority in Another state now supports cops stopping and interrogating Latinos as well - when they full well know it will lead to all types of cops, including rogue ones, stopping anyone who who looks Hispanic. And they also know full well that 'suspected illegal immigrant' is all based on looks and ethnicity in 99% of cases, as otherwise, those bigots may simply want to ask themselves, and be honest, if they can. Way to go, FloKKKika, ops, that didn't work.

With due respect to decent Floridians, I hope they get banned to the loss of millions just like Arizona. I love when bigots shoot themselves in the foot. "Majority" at it. It seems it's always a majority in white dominated states when it comes to harassive polices against non-whites. Heck, millions are still alive from Jim Crow, so you wonder. Wonder how they felt when they got stopped by a police, let alone imagine a rude officer at it. Ah, 'whitey' and oppression - hardened after 400 years of practice.

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

Hey Florida, do not attempt to pull another stupid. You know damn right this Arizona immigration law is extremely racist and bigoted. On top of that, our economy relies heavily on tourism and if this law passes (Im assuming it will with Rick Scott) then Florida's economy is never going to recover. Say no to racism and no to economic disparity. Screw you Rick Scott.

Kcee
Kcee

Yes! well said.

MM stuck in L.A.
MM stuck in L.A.

Same reason that any criticism of Obummer is automatically considered "racist" because he's black. Same thing apparently applies to illegals, according to the screeching libs.Bigass double standard there.

jamesw62
jamesw62

so you are okay reading that one county in California in the last fiscal year doled out 600 Million Dollars in taxpayer monies like food stamps, WIC and other monies that you pay taxes for and give them to people in the US illegally? and California wonders why they are broke?

BajaRat
BajaRat

Illegal aliens are criminals, not "immigrants." What, we shouldn't enforce laws against some of these parasites simply because the might speak Spanish? What planet are you on?

Kcee
Kcee

How bout we say yes to blocking illegals from entering, and yes to deporting illegals once and for all. Cant you see they are ruining this country? They are the cause of the crime, the cause of the road rage the cause of the traffic, the cause of the taxes, the cause of the housing market going to shit, the cause of everything. Im sorry but there comes a time where one has to be a bigot as you say...They think they could come here and live off government because thats what living here is all about. wrong. they need to educate themselves in class and the culture and history of the united states of america dammit.

jamesw62
jamesw62

and your full of everything if you think the AZ law is racist.The law says one can not be targeted because of race. It says that a peace officer can not walk up to a group of people standing around and ask for papers. IT has to be done when one is arrested. or during a routine traffic stop. AND since 65 percent of hispanics in arizona support it. your comments are so off that its not funny.

Oh yeah, did i mention that more than 50 percent of peace officers in Arizona just happen to be hispanic, too.

Oh yeah, did i fail to mention that the law was taken from a federal immigration law written in 1940 that allows cops to ask anyone, at anytime for papers. the same law also says legal immigrants must have their ID on then at all times, including their green card. Oh yea, did i fail to mention that if someone shows a VALID ID, the peace officer must deem the person to be a legal citizen.

NOW, still think its racist???? think again, boy

BajaRat
BajaRat

What "race" is an illegal alien? Did the Tan Klan tell you to run around screaming "RACISM!" and XENOPHOBES!" to try to silence Americans who want existing laws enforced.... or was it Comrade ObaMao and his scumbag minions?

MM stuck in L.A.
MM stuck in L.A.

So you'd rather be up to your eyeballs in illegal aliens? Not a "racist" law, far from it. Is there anything "racist" about enforcing existing laws that Obonehead's bozos won't enforce? NOT. Sounds like you'd rather be in a "sanctuary" state like Commiefornya where the illegals have overrun everything.Get a clue.

Jacklee
Jacklee

WE THE TEA PARTY CONTROL FLORIDA NOW ! This law will be signed sold and deliverd ! Thank you voters ! Our state now trully represents the people now. DEPORT ILLIGALS ! We want a bright future. WE do not want to become a cess pool of liberal garbage like California. Florida dont GIVE UP Keep voteing RepublicanIn the primarys vote ALL TEA PARTY CANIDATES

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

It is a racist law because it uses stereotyping and racial profiling you idiot. On top of that, our state relies heavily on tourism and you saw how people across America boycotted Arizona for this ridiculous law. If you really want this bigoted law to be passed, then you obviously want Florida to fail miserably. I'm not for it. Yes I do believe illegal immigrants should be given a chance to gain citizenship LEGALLY but I do not want them to be racially profiled in any way. It is just wrong.

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

Jacklee, I have to say that you are a bigot. This law is indeed racist because it stereotypes hispanic people based on how they appear. You want a bright future? Start educating your children and start making them read more. Turn off the damn TV and Xbox and make sure little Charlie gets all his homework done. Apparently you have not made it past the 8th grade with that level of grammar and spelling. And it is not "illigal" you illiterate redneck it is "illegal", as in you rednecks should be made illegal to Florida. You Rick Scott supporters are in for a face full of shit in the coming years.

asdf
asdf

What do you mean by 'bright future'? Bright as in light? I.e. white? This ain't the 50s, although your brain may be stuck there.

Or did you mean bright as in clever? Now, if that's what you "trully" meant, we better make sure the "ILLIGALS" get deported fast. Otherwise, we'll get our 'voteing' elsewhere.

I also think California doesn't want to be come a cesspool of conservative ignorance, stupidity and hate. After all, California has 2 of America's most sought after cities, great nature, beaches, themeparks, the strongest economy, not to mention everything else that makes it popular with youth, not just grumpy white supremacist retirees like apparently FL. California leads, not you, so there.

jamesw62
jamesw62

Please, go read the law and then come back and tell me what is so damn racist about it? the person who sounds like a racist is you for making stupid comments like calling someone a redneck when you have no idea who they really are or what they are about.

ILLEGAL IS ILLEGAL means someone broke a lawand remember, being ILLEGAL does not know a race. being illegal can be someone from Asia, Africa, Europe, Central and South America, and all the countries in the world (except the US of course). Hell there have been people from Europe arrested back in 2008 when ICE was doing raids at work places.

and by the way, ICE raids are okay by law.

Lance Sjogren
Lance Sjogren

California is a hellhole.

This is confirmed by objective measurements such as the high taxes, massive budget deficits, one of the worst-ranked K-12 education systems in the country (despite high spending) and so forth.

I know it is an inconvenient truth for those on the left to acknowledge that their policies are a path to hell on earth.

But that is what makes them dangerous. They will pursue their agenda to the bitter end, and simply refuse to look at the destruction they leave in their wake.

BajaRat
BajaRat

Bwahahahaha! California is infested with illegal alien parasites and loony progressive trash.... and it's teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. Try again, genius.

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