Democrat Sink’s careful reactions to Arizona law, federal suit and today’s injunctionby George Bennett | July 28th, 2010
With polls showing the Arizona law is popular among Florida voters, Sink’s pronouncements on the issue tend to be carefully worded statements that minimize explicit criticism of Arizona while emphasizing her displeasure with Washington.
Sink’s reaction to today’s temporary injunction blocking enforcement of key portions of the Arizona law is no exception.
Read more after the jump….
First, some context.
Here’s a video posted in June by The Reid Report blog in which Sink blasts the feds and also says an Arizona-style law would be a “very, very bad for Florida.”
Next, here’s Sink’s statement earlier this month reacting to the federal lawsuit challenging the Arizona law:
“Like most Americans, I see an immigration system that is broken and needs to be fixed. The Federal government has not lived up to its responsibility to secure our borders and crack down on employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants.
“The federal lawsuit against the Arizona law does not address the real problem – Washington should be a partner, helping fix our immigration problems and enforce our laws. I support comprehensive federal immigration laws that are enforced by Washington. I am opposed to amnesty for illegal immigrants — any path to citizenship must be reserved for those who obey the law, pay taxes, and go to the back of the line.”
“I don’t think that the Arizona law is right for Florida, given the potential economic losses and the need for our local law enforcement to focus on fighting violent crime, not do the federal government’s job for them.”
Finally, here’s a statement from Sink today on the injunction in which she sidesteps a discussion of the ruling itself and offers more tough talk about federal failures:
“Regardless of the ruling on Arizona, the federal government needs to work with the states to crack down on illegal immigration. A comprehensive immigration policy is the responsibility of the federal government. Unfortunately, the federal government has failed to secure our borders and aggressively pursue a solution to illegal immigration.”
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