Arizona style Immigration Legislation Introduced in Florida

Arizona style Immigration Legislation Introduced in Florida

immigration reform 2The Orlando Sentinel reported today that Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, who is also running for Governor, introduced an Arizona-style immigration related legislation yesterday that would require Florida law enforcement to check the immigration status of anyone suspected of being an undocumented immigrant while enforcing other laws.

If the legislation becomes law, it would require immigrants to carry documents proving their valid immigration status or face 20 days in jail.  The law would also require employers to verify the employment eligibility of their employees against a federal immigration database.

A federal judge in Arizona last month delayed the implementation of many parts of the Arizona law and ruled that enforcement of the immigration law is the responsibility of the federal government.  If the legislation becomes law, then just like in Arizona it will face being challenged by the federal government.

At this point, we must simply wait and see how the proposed legislation develops in Florida.

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