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Scott sticks to AZ-style immigration reform

by Dara Kam | January 27th, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott is holding fast to his support for an Arizona-style immigration reform for Florida despite recent comments from state GOP leaders, including Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, that it could be bad for business.

Scott, who campaigned on the issue, said this morning that law enforcement officers should be able to ask for immigration documentation, including during routine traffic stops.

“The federal government needs to secure our borders. We need to have an overall immigration policy that is logical and that works and is fair to Americans and fair to people that want to come to our country that we invite to come to our country,” Scott told reporters this morning.

“At the same time, I also believe that if you’re in our country and you do something illegally, you should be able to be asked just like I get asked for my ID if I ever get a traffic ticket, they should be asked if they’re legal or not. I clearly don’t believe in racial profiling,” Scott said.

Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, said yesterday he does not favor an Arizona-style law.

And Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, fresh from a decade in Congress trying to address the immigration issue, said he believes an Arizona-style law would be bad for tourism and finance in Florida.

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27 Responses to “Scott sticks to AZ-style immigration reform”

  1. Legal immigrant Says:

    If Scott caves in to the spineless politicians and does not go forward with the immigration policies he campaigned on, he will become ‘just another lying politician.’ Speeding? Broken law #1….No legal immigration status? Broken law #2. What don’t these idiots against this understand?

  2. Educator Says:

    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio was smiling and applauding when President Obama spoke of the need for Immigration Reform, the only logical, intelligent solution for 20+million human beings who live in the USA just like you and me.
    The “AZ Law” is dead and the courts are burying it. GET REAL!
    Hey, the new gov and his administration has made FL. a safer place, he outlawed bubble baths!

  3. Chef Gabriel Says:

    Rick, please get real because ou will kill business and every thing in florida so let the fed dill with this…please please I beg of you.

  4. again Says:

    the funny part is that the Latino vote is what put that crook in office. Talk about voting against your own interests.

  5. Marc Says:

    Lets get to work on it Scott I support you all the way.Immigration laws enforced harshly in Florida sounds like a great idea to me.

  6. Joe Says:

    that is a terrible idea… why miami is hispanic central. if they are all gone what would happen to business and culture!!!

  7. Half Pint Says:

    Joe: Its a great idea! Miami will still have hispanics, but they will be LEGAL CITIZENS. As far as culture is concerned, if they want culture that badly- they can go back to the country in which they came. Its ridiculous to go to America, go to a state in America and Americans are unable to read the signs- why? becuase they are in another language! This is America, the main language is English- get use to it. I would never expect to find English wirtten signs in Mexico and I think its presumptuous and offensive to expect foreign signs to be placed in America, when Americans can’t even understand them. Get legal or get out!!!

  8. Mandy Says:

    I don’t even live in Florida and I am against this Obama said he would help immigration by getting papers and we have seen none of that. If u inforce laws that strict you ate going to be ripping apart families is that what you want do you want to see kids crying because their mom or dad got deported when mexicans cone here to give a better opertunity for their family. None of you would last a day in Mexico because it’s so poor you would not go and pick the fields for 5$ a day if you get that much your lucky. I do agree that if you have a criminal background here then yes send them back but for the ones that are here and are making money and doing the right things leave them alone

  9. John Bowman Says:

    The Post writers need to go back and re-learn some grade school English:

    “immigration 1. the movement of non-native people into a country in order to settle there”

    This reform has absolutely nothing to do with allowing foreigners to settle in the USA, and everything to do with getting them to leave which is the exact opposite of immigration, in reality it is an out-migration reform.

    “out-migration – To move out of one community, region, or country in order to reside in another.”

    This intentional mis-usage illustrates the anti-American propaganda depths the Post has sunk.

    Why any American buys this American hating rag is beyond me.

  10. John Bowman Says:

    Mandy,
    The only people “ripping families apart” are the illegal aliens, many of the male ones leave their families in Mexico. Others if they have children here can take them along if they are deported, nobody is preventing that.

    So why aren’t you all angry at the illegal aliens for ripping their own families apart, Americans certainly are not responsible for it?

  11. Annie Says:

    What a big mistake the Republican Party is doing, alienating hispanics is going to defeat the GOP.
    For Florida to pass an immigration law like that will cost a lot of money, not only from businesses but also from tourism. I hope they already noticed that South Florida is full of latinos and to identify who is legal and who is illegal will get complains and sues from US citizens.
    So, get your pockets ready, because that is going to bring Florida’s economy down!

  12. John Bowman Says:

    Educator,

    If you are just like illegal aliens then you should be deported also.

    Chef Gabriel,
    You sound like a greedy businessman hiring illegal aliens, in other words an anti-American Neoslaver.

    Again,
    Did you ever occur to you that Latino voters in Florida are US citizens, if immigrants probably entered legally, and so feel the same on this subject as any other American citizen?

  13. Kathleen Says:

    People must realize how out of control this illegal alien invasion has become when we openly debate an elected official (Scott) abiding by his sworn oath of office and our laws.

    Our apathy has allowed those who agitate for illegal aliens (LaRaza et al) and those who profit from their presence (businesses, churches, unions, hotels, etc.) gain the upper hand by the mere fact that we dignify their arguments for lawlessness.

    This is, and never has been, a question of whether illegal aliens are hard working or takers, good or bad, needy or users; rather, it is a question of legal Vs illegal. Let’s return law and order to this country; purge the U.S. of the 30+M illegal aliens who cost taxpayers billions of dollars a year; and, realize that anyone who advocates for illegal aliens (lawbreaking) is ultimately someone who profits from them…..at our expense.

  14. bartlebee Says:

    Mandy, based on your reasoning, we should quit arresting American citizens who commit crimes because we wouldn’t want to rip apart families and see kids crying because their American citizen mom or dad got arrested, right?

  15. Janine Says:

    another law which makes no sense!!!

  16. John Bowman Says:

    Janine,

    Give you job and possessions to an unemployed, homeless American, then go live in a homeless camp, maybe then the proposed law will make more sense to you.

  17. janine Says:

    anything comment made is useless….james u can certainly go carch some sense..possesion my a**

  18. janine Says:

    to john brown how about you be a spokesman for the us since you’re so smart…hate ppl like you who read ppl opinions and then criticize on it…focus on the artocle instead of bubbling drama…its called opinion/comment on the article… need to put the definition of discussion…

  19. janine Says:

    correct of name james/johnbrown= john bowmannnn

  20. dan birch Says:

    This guy scott really is has stupidity written over his face, if he thinks that you will only be asked for I.D. if you are stopped for a violation – true statement- but you forget the fact, many racist police and believe me there are many, will use this as an excuse to choose ethnics to pull over. As for all those european whiteboys, they love it because they hope that many latinos will leave this state just to avoid persecution. I can tell you that I am a whiteboy but one with sense. Florida is a cool place to live and visit but get ready to lose customers and fans if you follow the bigots.

  21. HOMELAND INSECURITY Says:

    http://www.BorderInvasionPics.com

  22. miltary Says:

    f

  23. miltary Says:

    its seems like all these state r becoming nazis Germany, these extreme immigration laws that will soon back fire in there face, just like the jews were being descriminated and racial profiled against by the nazis, they were alawys pick on, check on because they were defferent thrown into camps or prison,israel always prevail so will people who come here jus for bread to feed there family, even to some being a slave to do so and then you people can say illegals take jobs, they do jobs that american would dear to apply for, u guys r all a joke only God law is the greater law and that means you politician going against everything God stands for ”the poor”, the rich people sink this economic , the greatest example the governor in office and then u pick on the week babies and parents, God is coming soon anyways so u people who thinks this econmic is going to come back can keep on waiting…

  24. Dirk Says:

    US taxpayers shell out $113 billion yearly to support illegal immigration with Florida’s share at $5-7 billion.Orange county(LA) pays out $53 million monthly in anchor baby support.

  25. 2012 - End of an Error Says:

    Scott is right on target. Poll after poll confirms that over 60% of Americans support an Arizona type law to deal with illegals. Scott understands that we’ll keep replacing politicians until they respond accordingly. The last election was just a good start.

  26. Dirk Says:

    Phone,fax or e-mail Gov.Scott to show your support of immigration law enforcement.Let Mr.Scott hear your voice.

  27. lenore Says:

    rickscott forgot what his grandfather had to do to get to this country (American Indians, remember?) eg, the real owners, but I think everybody should go home to their countries, including the americans that impose themselves in other people’s countries, no one should do business or have anything to do with this country.
    And if we see an american abroad they need to be cuffed and kicked out with no mercy. They would not be allowed to go to anyone’s country and most of all not allowed to go steal oil from the arabes. They would only do business with the zionists.
    And if they insist in coming to our countries we should be able to give them a butt wiping to remember.

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