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Florida's Attempt at Arizona-Style Immigration Bill is Likely Dead

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It generated one of the most controversial and heated debates of the legislative session and is a key agenda item for Governor Rick Scott, but it seems likely that conservatives' efforts to pass an Arizona-style immigration bill in Florida is dead, despite the fact both houses are controlled by Republicans. State Senators were unable to come to an agreement over whether to use the E-Verify system in Florida, and with the session ending Friday, it's unlikely the bill will now pass in any form. Updated.

The Senate voted 23-16 to defeat an amendment that would require Florida businesses to use the federal E-Verify system to check employee's immigration status. Sen. Anitere Flores (R-Miami), the original sponsor of the bill, had refused to include the provision in her original bill, and Sen. J.D. Alexander (R-Lakeland) had taken over the legislation but also argued against E-Verify, noting this his family, which has grown citrus for generations, has employed many immigrant workers.

Sen. John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine), the former chairman of the RPOF, offered up the last-minute amendment to include E-Verify, but it was defeated 23-16.

Thrasher made an outrageous claim that the E-Verify system could have prevented the 9/11 attacks, because many of the hijackers were living in Florida illegally while preparing for the strikes. However, Politifact finds that claim wildly untrue.

"Quit all these one-sided political arguments," said Alexander, according to the Post. "This is not our problem and we're having this problem put on our shoulders and I resent it. And I resent it because we're asked to choose between hard-working people and somebody's uninformed knowledge."

House leaders have indicated that they will not take up the bill without the E-Verify provision. Due to various legislative rules and the looming end of the session, it appears now that no immigration bill will be passed this year.

The apparent defeat is yet another failure for Gov. Rick Scott's agenda. Even as then-mainstream Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum seemed hesitant to get behind the idea of bringing Arizona-style laws to Florida, Scott entered the race and made immigration a key part of his campaign. Yet, the political novice has had trouble time and time again getting many of his main agenda items passed.

Update: The Senate did surprisingly pass a version of the bill this morning. Though, in order for the bill to be voted on in the House, two-thirds of the members most vote to bring it to the floor. With Democrats nearly universally against it, and many Hispanic Republicans uneasy with the language, it still remains unlikely to pass. 

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wonderingcoyote
wonderingcoyote

I hope all of our leaders remember we have another election coming up, and if they dont find a way to pass this bill after campaining for it, We might vote diffrently next time. And as much as ever one saying that the mexicans do jobs that no american will do, well I have been a carpenter since 1974 and now cant find a job because ever one wants me to speek fu@#$%g spanish where the mexicans can understand. now we have a lot of Americans out of work because the mexicans will work for nothing hardly and fill ever damn job.

Dave Francis
Dave Francis

IF FLORIDA RESIDENTS ARE NOT SATISFIED WITH YOUR IMMIGRATION LAWS, THEN JOIN THE TEA PARTY.

Remember who your Political adversaries are in coming elections, whose main concern is more votes and additional amounts of illegal cheap labor.

PLEASE TAKE AN ACCOUNTING OF WHICH POLITICIAN IS WORKING FOR YOU THE TAXPAYER? ARIZONA WAS JUSTIFIED AS A FRONTIER STATE, TO STOP THE FINANCIAL DEGRADATION BY ILLEGAL ALIENS SETTLING THERE. THE ARIZONA GOVERNOR JAN BREWER AND STATE SENATOR PIERCE ARE STILL FIGHTING OVERWHELMING ODDS IN THE MILITANT COURTS AND THE LIBERAL CZARS IN OUR FEDERAL CAPITOL. AMERICA IS A LAND OF LAWS, WHICH LEFTISTS AND SOME OF THE RIGHT TEND TO FORGET? THE STATE OF FLORIDA WILL SOON ENOUGH LEARN OF THEIR ERROR FOR NOT LISTENING TO ITS PEOPLE. UNKNOWN NUMBERS OF FRESH ECONOMIC MIGRANTS WILL ATTACH THEMSELVES TO THE COMMUNITIES, EXHAUSTING EVEN MORE TAXPAYER DOLLARS. FLORIDA WILL BECOME ANOTHER CALIFORNIA OR NEVADA, WITH INCREASING CRIME AND A WELFARE TROUGH FOR EVERY FOREIGN NATIONAL TO DRINK FROM?

We need more tough new politicians as US Rep. Lou Barletta to strengthen our borders fence, build a legal barrier of cutting further settlement of illegal nationals. He showed his abilities when he stood against the US government, the (ACLU) American Communist Lawyers Union, US Chamber of Commerce and the open border rapid leftists. As a man of conviction he would appreciate the TEA PARTY platform as a great organizer to draw in more Americans to our causes.

Our lawmakers must be persuaded by the threat of being voted out of office, that they must mandate such logical laws as mandating E-Verify, Secure communities and the 287 G. Our honest politicians should insure its unhealthy for businesses to hire illegal aliens. Not just small restaurant chains, but high end companies as McDonald franchises Become a "Whistle Blower" and report illegal aliens working to ICE or local police. Whistle blowers can send these company owners to prison; making hefty fines and loss of business assets essential. If ICE agency doesn't respect your patriotic duty, leave a message with NumbersUSA, as they will contact the right entities in the DC Capital. These people are not just the Senators or Congressmen-Women in Washington, but it’s also a mixed bag of Governors, Mayors, Police Chiefs and a wide range of city managers. Many of these Liberal-Democrats are in Congress to feather their own nests from special interest groups; there are no mitigating circumstances for hard line, wealthy Republicans either. Good Righteous Americans have come to the end of their tether, that's why "THE PEOPLE'S" TEA PARTY was born?

The Obama government of today and yesteryear administration has seen fit, to cater to the illegal immigration invaders, and now years of disgusting failures and complete incompetence is driving federal and State treasuries into bankruptcy. How many Trillions of dollars could America have packed into infrastructure, welfare nets, balancing federal State and local government, if that deceased Lib-Democrat Ted Kennedy hadn't rescinded the nationality "Quota System?." If the previous President LBJ' Immigration law had remained steadfast? But today with have nothing but economic illegal aliens threading their way across a poorly funded border; undermanned with no troops present to stop this incursion. Now America is going through a huge crime wave, as the sewers of South America have opened spilling there offal and bringing with it unfettered death and destruction to the American people.

To ensure America's future and your children, we must bring to a halt this invasion of our sovereign nation. The Liberal progressives and their philosophy have no respect for people’s freedom and self determination. We cannot afford to feed the world or allow activist judges to supersede laws such as illegal alien schooling or free health care. Our only real choice is to unseat the factions of "Tax and Spend" We have massive US deficit through entitlement programs that is partially caused by the 300.000 annual Birthright baby citizenship law illegal parents to settle with expenditures in the billions of taxpayer dollars. The TEA PARTY has an unparalleled growth membership that is threatening the two party system of government, which is totally destroying this country through partisan economics. But the TEA PARTY is rapidly moving ahead with the assurance, that the illegal immigration occupation will be halted. The TEA PARTY will not vote for any Sanctuary State policies; NO Chain Migration; NO more Amnesties as promised by the late Teddy Kennedy; NO more Immigration Reform packages of any kind.

All new members are welcome as long as you entered this country legally, without any prejudiced to your previous skin color, religion or allegiance to a foreign nation. This is a firm commitment to honest legal immigrants, who have assimilated into the American culture. America can no longer support the impoverished peoples in our country or across the Earth. COME! Join us today! Join your local chapter or national TEA PARTY, and make your single voice join tens of millions more against the corruption in Washington. Call and raise hell with your local and federal lawmaker at Senate—202-224–3121/ House—202-225–3121 or locate the in your phone directory blue pages. Learn the immigration grades of those amongst lawmakers at NumbersUSA.

Attn: America is being ripped-off by Communist China, Mexico and other countries in unfair trade agreements. Our nation is losing our manufacturing to foreign cheap labor countries. As Donald Trump stated, "Place a 25% import tax on every product that enters our country. Stop subsidizing American companies that have disappeared overseas. They businesses will return if we begin taxing everything that comes through customs?

Juan Hernandez
Juan Hernandez

If That Law is Enforced Many People will spread out and if they are preparing to cause attacks,many other states will be affected therefor it can be larger then 9/11. Then many people will blame it on Rick Scott for his actions.

If The law is enforced the economy will drop since Florida is a tourist state and a citrus state , therefore many Hispanics will leave, and who will take their place ? Since they have the hardest jobs and with little pay ?

If the law is enforced many other countries would be affected and get angry,Thus it might start a world war lll that america will have no chance of winning. Would you like that ?

nevernot
nevernot

Even with a super majority in both houses the criminal Rick Scott can't push through a bill that resonates at the heart of current republican ideals. If that doesn't say everything about how the criminal Scott is viewed by Floridians I don't know what would. If the criminal Rick Scott won't take a hint and step down we need a constitutional amendment allowing recall of the executive branch NOW.

Guest
Guest

"Thrasher made an outrageous claim that the E-Verify system could have prevents the 9/11 attacks, because many of the hijackers were living in Florida illegally while preparing for the attacks. However, Politifact finds that claim wildly untrue. " i am shocked, SHOCKED, to find a republican lying.

"Yet, the political novice has had trouble time and time again getting many of his main agenda items passed." maybe because they're such sh*tty ideas not even people in his party can defend it.

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