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Florida AG proposes tougher illegal immigrant curbs

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Good for Florida hopefully it passes.

Florida AG proposes tougher illegal immigrant curbs | Reuters

(Reuters) - Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum on Wednesday proposed tougher curbs against illegal migrants in his melting-pot state which he said would go "one step further" than a similar contested Arizona law.

The proposal by McCollum, who is lagging in a race to become the Republican candidate for governor, was certain to thrust Florida into the heated immigration debate that is a major issue ahead of November 2 midterm Congressional elections.

"This legislation will provide new enforcement tools for protecting our citizens and will help our state fight the ongoing problem created by illegal immigration," McCollum said, presenting the proposed measures at an event in Orlando.

"Florida will not be a sanctuary state for illegal aliens," added McCollum, accompanied by Representative Will Snyder.

The legislation will require Florida law enforcement officials to check a suspected illegal immigrant's status in the course of a stop, or a violation of another law. This goes beyond the existing situation in the state where officers are allowed to check immigration status, but not required to.

Florida, especially its southern portion, is a major U.S. migration destination for nationals from the Caribbean and Latin America, making it a cultural and racial melting-pot.

Many migrants work in the Sunshine State's $9 billion citrus sector, or in other farm industries and tourism.

In the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, Democrats hold majorities. But public opinion polls show Republicans gaining ground with an agenda that includes calls for cracking down on illegal immigration.
 

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I would support this for someone who is being detained for suspicion of a criminal act, but probably not in the case of someone who is driving. Of course, part of the problem is the difficulty in spotting illegal documents and driver's licenses.
 

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Every state needs to start sharpening it's legislation to deal with this problem. Good for Florida.
 

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The more States that propose tough illegal immigration laws, the more pressure WO will be under to listen to the majority of citizens on what they want in terms of reform. Go Florida, Go Arizona.
 

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What impeccable timing on this with the Republican primary less than 2 weeks away, and Mccollum lagging in the polls, lets hit the message that will resonate forcefully with the Republican faithful, and with tea party voters who are more in favor of his opponent.
 
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Florida and Arizona shouldn't have to enforce immigration laws. The federal government should do so. Since it isn't, maybe the states stepping in will be the motive for the feds to start doing their job and protecting the sovereignty of this nation.

What a shame it is to have had to come to this.
 

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Florida and Arizona shouldn't have to enforce immigration laws. The federal government should do so. Since it isn't, maybe the states stepping in will be the motive for the feds to start doing their job and protecting the sovereignty of this nation.

What a shame it is to have had to come to this.
I've looked all through the Constitution and can't find anywhere that the Fed has jurisdiction over immigration..... naturalization yes, but not immigration. Can someone point to the amendment, or clause?
 

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I would support this for someone who is being detained for suspicion of a criminal act, but probably not in the case of someone who is driving. Of course, part of the problem is the difficulty in spotting illegal documents and driver's licenses.
It can be difficult for the average person to spot illegal documents, but it's basically simple for employers and police officers in this "information age". Simply run the drivers' license or green card number, and voila. Instand verification of authenticity... or not.

Seriously, the prevention of police, schools, hospitals and welfare agencies from even inquiring a person's legal status (as here in California) is costing states millions in fraud and the feds millions in taxes.
 

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It can be difficult for the average person to spot illegal documents, but it's basically simple for employers and police officers in this "information age". Simply run the drivers' license or green card number, and voila. Instand verification of authenticity... or not.

Seriously, the prevention of police, schools, hospitals and welfare agencies from even inquiring a person's legal status (as here in California) is costing states millions in fraud and the feds millions in taxes.
Yes, it is. It seems as if the great state of California, along with the federal government, is determined not to do anything to stop illegal immigration.
 
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