Conservatives Outraged as Hispanic Republicans Water Down Florida's Arizona-style Immigration Bill

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Florida's so-called Arizona-style immigration bill, which Governor Rick Scott campaigned on, is looking less and less Arizona-style as it makes it way through the state legislature. Republican state Senator Anitere Flores, who had authored the original Senate version of the bill, helped approve a number of measure that would strip the bill of many of its more controversial measures. Now Flores and other Hispanic Republicans who favor the new version of the bill may face the rage of the right-wing while still storming the ire of many groups who still feel the bill goes too far.

The Senate version of the bill does not allow police officers to questions a person's immigration status (a provision that many feel would lead to racial profiling, though the House version of the bill allows officers to inquire about immigration status only during criminal investigation) and also does not create a new, and possibly unconstitutional, state law that would make it a criminal offense to be in the country illegally. Though, law enforcement agencies would be required to check the immigration status of everyone they arrest and report the findings to the federal government.

The bill also no longer requires local police forces to enter agreements with the federal government to enforce immigration laws. Though, individual forces could pursuit such agreements. Some of the stricter provisions requiring employers to verify employees immigration status have also been eased.

Ultimately, the new version of the bill passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 5-2 vote. Though the bill most go through three more committees before reaching the Senate floor, and then must be reconciled with the house version of the bill.

Now many of the most ideological conservatives and immigration-hawks are outraged at the changes being made. Conservative blog, The Shark Tank, winner of the CPAC blogger of the year award, has produced an angry post illustrated with a controversial "illegal alien crossing" sign. The Shark Tank angrily chides the Hispanic Caucus:

"Florida needs an 'Arizona style' law because Federal authorities are not enforcing existing Federal law," writes the blog. "State legislators, namely the Hispanic Caucus need to take heed, govern themselves accordingly and respect what the voters of the state of Florida voted for when they elected Governor Rick Scott this past November. The Hispanic Caucus needs to understand that they represent 'all' Floridians, not just the ones in their districts whom they ask for their vote every two years, and strong majority of voters, including Republicans, Democrats, and Independents support a Florida immigration law."

Apparently, the blog is unaware that the majority of Floridians now regret voting in Rick Scott, and that, actually, legislators do only represent the voters in their district. That's a pretty basic understanding of how representative legislative bodies are supposed to work.

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Bleeckerst6105
Bleeckerst6105

I feel we should have very strict immergration laws period! The key word is illegal meaning you should have no rights and you should not be here! 

Cubanita
Cubanita

THIS BILL SHOULD NOT BE NO WHERE NEAR FLORIDA SERIOUSLY...WE CANNOT AFFORD TO DRIVE AWAY OUR TOURIST!

We have tons of people from around the world that will choose to go else where rather than a show me your papers state...AZ has lost billions already....politicians shouldnt make the same mistake!

GUEST
GUEST

Arizona-style bills would be a disaster for Florida! The agricultural and tourism industries would be negatively affected as well as the relationships between law enforcement and immigrant communities. We are better off without them

natyjb
natyjb

Two corrections to your article:

First, when Police Departments sign agreements with Immigration, they DO have the authority to ASK FOR PAPERS to anyone, anytime and anywhere. Even if the bill doesn't say so explicitly, that's what happens with these agreements. The Senate Bill DID force police departments to sign such agreements before it was amended, but now it's "voluntary" and that's what Sen Flores explains as a "watered-down" version of Arizona. Still, by making it voluntary, it opens the door for any Florida sheriff who wants to do the same as Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona, to do it, and yes, that involves asking for papers and racially profiling people in Florida.

Second, you are totally forgetting about the House Bill (Rep. Snyder's) which is a straight Arizona copycat bill. Snyder insists in saying it only questions immigration status for people involved in a criminal investigation. But what he doesn't say is that his bill also makes being undocumented a crime. So, police only need to see someone "reasonably suspicious" of being undocumented to open a crime investigation and ask for papers.

Florida legislators DO want to bring Arizona racial profiling laws to Florida. While many states are saying NO to anti-immigrant laws, even Arizona, Florida's lawmakers absurdly continue trying their best to pass them in our state.

June
June

Be outraged, but don't be surprised. When you elect Hispanics, you find blood is always thicker than American patriotism.

Redshirt5
Redshirt5

There is a First People-(AMERICAN INDIAN)-custom called the Blood Rite. That custom requires the head of the family to exact revenge against anyone that injuries or kills a family member. In this society, that custom was replaced with the Courts that exacts punishment for the family, as well as, the greater communtiy.

We now see that, for political reasons, the politicials, and law enforcement, now refuses to protect the law abiding community from criminal aliens because of the ethnicity of a majority of those violating our laws.

Those politicians are now as guilty, as accessories to those crimes as those whom break our laws. When a family suffers a loss, a death, at the hands of a criminal alien whom should have been removed- or prevented in coming here inthe first place-- the Blood Rite should now be exacted against a member of the politicalns family as an EYE for an EYE justice.

We now see that law abiding citizens are no longer safe in their own country because of ethnic politics. Politicians-- be careful-- be very, very careful!

zooed
zooed

The more Mexicans, the more elected Mexicans, the more watered down the legislation, or killed alltogether. This accurately describes the concept of 'reconquista' via population growth (invasion/occupation) and the vote. Add to that the greed of OTMs and you've lost yourself a country.

Iuzzolth
Iuzzolth

@ZOOED: First of all I would love for you to to explain to me how these "Mexicans" you speak of have been elected to any legistation here in Miami. Second, I want you to explain that even if they were Mexican, (AKA NOT CUBAN) why does it matter? Thirdly, I want you to know that one of your own beloved Miami officials, Cuban Senator Anitere Flores has been the ambassador for "immigration rights" bill that could possibly insure that no immigrant to the South Florida will be able to work, if they don't have papers could go to jail. For those who don't know, (which probably include you ZOOED), the name of the Florida Senate Bill is CS/SB 2040. I would suggest you read it if you can handle the verbiage... if not I am sure you can find friends who could help you...

zooed
zooed

I stand corrected. It was Cubans that reelected Harry (amnesty vendor) Reid in Nevada, and Cubans that reelected Arizona congressman Raul "boycott Arizona" Grijalva. In street protests in L.A., Phoenix, Chicago, etc. etc., it was Cuban flags they were carrying. The Hispanic population grew 57% in Florida over the past decade - now at 21% of the state.

I'm not sure that your degree in semantics will help you, but thank God you have pointed out that Cubans vote the complete opposite of Mexicans. That's certainly a load off my mind.

Iuzzolth
Iuzzolth

@Zooed. Thank you for response but I have to correct you in that my degree is not in semantics, but I am very curious to know what your degree is in if you have one. Your argument is uneducated, racist, and some would even argue fascist. You directly point the issue of immigration to Mexicans when the issue of immigration is broader, it affects every country whose people immigrate here, not just Mexico. Your statements exemplify your close minded-ness about the issue as a whole. So funny how the immigration bill would not directly affect those who immigrate from Cuba, and very convenient that our Cuban "American" representatives would push for it. So to correct your conclusion, Cubans don't vote the opposite of Mexicans, they vote for any idiot who is their own and steps up to a microphone. Mexicans and other latin american immigrants are too busy trying to avoid deportation and persecution. We all came from somewhere, and we are all here for the same reason. The day people stop coming to this country is the day we need to be worried about, and it's ignorance such as yours that may insure that happens. Feel free to respond with any questions or concerns.

tenatesgigantus
tenatesgigantus

I thought the Hispanic caucus of Florida is dominated by Cubans, not Mexicans.

Kathleen3
Kathleen3

Do your job, Tea Party, and start lining up replacements for the RINOs in the next election! When the Chamber of Commerce, LaRaza, unions, businesses, and other corrupt entities that profit from the presence of illegal aliens can influence elected officials to the point whereby they betray their constituents, it is time to recall/replace them.

levotb
levotb

The writer (who is clearly some leftist nut) is supposed to be "impartial" and write the truth. Instead, this one berates Patriots, Conservatives and "immigration hawks". What he's clearly worried about it Florida Republicans uniting against the Socialists on the left. While there are too many RINOs in the Florida Legislature for the state's good, these kinds of one-sided "hit pieces" against Republicans and Conservatives in particular could bring some of the RINOs to support a strong 1070 bill for Florida.

These leftists fear 1070 like there's no tomorrow. But a weak and deballed 1070 isn't going to be acceptable to Conservative Floridians. The Farm Bureau has already shot down one 1070 bill this year. Conservatives need to keep plugging away at another 1070 bill that is a tough as Arizona's.

nevernot
nevernot

The left doesn't fear a 1070 bill, we fear the congress wasting time once again with a law that will be deemed unconstitutional when they should be working on JOBS. WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

Born in the USA
Born in the USA

I am a conservative, howeve I did not vote for Rick Scott and I am glad that they have taken out some of the Arizona style language. I am okay with checking immigration status if the person has been convicted of commiting a crime, not checking them randomly for no reason.

ivxx
ivxx

"...The Hispanic Caucus needs to understand that they represent 'all' Floridians, not just the ones in their districts whom they ask for their vote every two years..."

i lol'ed...

GUEST
GUEST

I spent yesterday afternoon calling the relevant parties about how disgusting the bill was. As far as I'm concerned by making the bill less awful they are respecting my wishes. Of course, to them, it only matters if it disagrees with their view.

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