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Florida immigration reform: 67 mini-Arizonas?

by Dara Kam | April 4th, 2011

On the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination 43 years ago, immigrants and advocates rallied in the Capitol to protest immigration reforms one said would turn Florida into “67 little Arizonas.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee is hearing a measure (SB 2040) this afternoon that would, among other things, authorize sheriffs to enter agreements with federal officials that would allow them to operate as immigration agents.

That could be dangerous, immigrant advocates cautioned, because that component was the cornerstone of Arizona’s much-maligned immigration reforms, many of which state lawmakers there are now rethinking.

The bill would “county-by-county implement little Arizonas all over Florida,” said Subhash Kateel, an organizer with the Florida Immigrant Coalition. “We don’t need 67 Arizonas in our state.”

Betzy Rega, an American citizen of Guatemalan descent, traveled from Jupiter to attend the hearing.

She said she’s afraid the bill would give the green light to police officers and sheriffs’ deputies for racial profiling.

Rega said her dark-skinned nephew was interrogated by Palm Beach County sheriffs two years ago and accused of kidnapping his own, lighter-skinned son.

Laws like Arizona’s are “feeding into the frenzy of racism,” Rega said. “We’re on a very dangerous track and it’s a form of abuse of power.”

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19 Responses to “Florida immigration reform: 67 mini-Arizonas?”

  1. papabear Says:

    They just better get a bill through that has e-verify back in it, or everything that’s been worked on with this bill will be a waste.

  2. RedinBroward Says:

    Definitely, papabear. Haridopolos needs to show some real leadership and make sure e-Verify is there to stay in this bill. No excuses Mike. Just get ‘er done.

  3. BM Says:

    Well she threw in the drivers license at the last minute.

    http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/amendment-waters-down-e-verify-bill-eve-judiciary-committee-hearing

  4. RedinBroward Says:

    Yuck. Let’s hope common sense wins out here and e-verify stays in place. Now or never, Haridopolos!

  5. Brittanicus Says:

    ONLY THE RISING TEA PARTY CAN SAVE US NOW

    Lies, Lies and more Lies from the Obama administration and the previous government. Even before that the politicians hid their intentions, not to reduce illegal and legal immigration. 1.. They would have made illegal entry a felony, just like Mexico? 2. They would have data bases in airports, to chase down visa overstayers? 3. They would have fully funded the 2006 Secure Fence act, to be constructed as a double layer border barrier, which was underfunded from the start. 4. There would be 5000 US troops on the frontier with Mexico to stop the criminal carnage from spilling over and threatening landowners in all four border States. 5 E-Verify “Attrition” program would not have been emasculated by the good old boy, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada. MORE FOREIGN NATIONALS, INCLUDING CRIMINALS HAVE ENTERED AMERICA, IN THE PAST TWENTY YEARS THAN EVER BEFORE.

    We always need exceptional highly skilled workers that come to America not expecting to become as public charges and enter the line of welfare recipients. However–the majorities who are entering America are economic, with the low expectancy of earning a decent living and are quickly absorbed into the welfare lines. They are uneducated and costing the United States billions of dollars. According to the (GAO) The general Accounting office, illegal workers take back $3 to 4 dollars, for the 1 dollar they pay into the local treasuries. Only the top echelon of professional people should be admitted now and the TEA PARTY will make sure of this. Unknown to most law abiding citizens and legal residents there have been six undisclosed amnesties since the original volume amnesty of 1986. As if this wasn’t enough roughly over a million more faces appear every year, which is a fragrant disregard for the American people still seeking jobs.

    Most of these legal immigrants are taking US jobs, when 9 million of our populace is living off welfare, unemployment relief or their own savings. Inside this relatively secret game is so much fraud, that only the TEA PARTY politicians have the empowerment to stop it. As just single voice trumpeting our arguments and complaints, neither party is listening. But as an organized resistance of growing tens of millions, the TEA PARTY is becoming its own party. THE TEA PARTY is everybody and perhaps you, as long as you entered this nation as a legal immigrant.

    ATTN: Reps. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.), Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), Jeff Landry (R-La.), and David McKinley (R-W.V.) have co-sponsored H.R.800, the E-LAW Act, which was introduced by Rep. John Carter (R-Texas). The bill would require all employers to use E-Verify on new hires and existing employees within two years. CALL YOUR SENATOR AND REPRESENTATIVE YOU WILL FIND IN THE BLUE PAGES OF YOUR PHONE DIRECTORY DEMANDING H.R.800. The bill also requires the Department of Homeland Security to take steps that remove fraudulent use of the E-Verify system such as illegal aliens using false identification. The bill also increases fines and penalties for employers that knowingly hire illegal aliens, and it reinstates the No-Match program that requires the Social Security Administration to notify employers and individuals where in individual is making contributions into their social security account from multiple employers.

    There are only one winner in this political immigration mayhem, the Democrats who gain future votes and Republicans who always get cheap labor. IT’S ABOUT GAIN, MONEY AND PROFIT. So what do ordinary Americans get-overpopulation-jammed highways, food shortages, energy problems and water shortages? Let’s not forget the need for more oil and more land to build more and more houses, apartments. What Next? Irrigate the deserts? What a sick joke.

    WE better carefully scrutinize future elections, as there has been an nefarious propagating trend of non-citizens voting in our elections. It’s being kept under the radar by the Liberal-Socialist-Marxist progressives, although it happened in New Mexico, Colorado, Texas and who knows where else? The government election agencies seemed not animated, do anything about it. We need strict oversight of the electoral system, which includes either a national government ID card or verification of any person registering to vote. At least 3 verifiable documents should be cross-referenced, with one picture ID? ACORN the ominous organization that the federal prosecutors had supposedly closed down is alive and well and still operating under different names. They were some of the instigators through veiled threats that caused the crash of the real estate industry and the millions of foreclosures. Using the term “Ninja mortgages” pushed the banks to offer low income, no asset or credit home loans. Read about for yourself, as millions of illegal alien families took advantage of this, when they had no way of affording the payments.

    My guess is in overpopulated States of illegal aliens, as with California, Nevada, and New York the election process was undermined by fraudulent documentation. One of the easiest official voting documents to violate is the Absentee ballot, by numerous households being involved. Just read about voter fraud on any number of web pages, put forth by pro-sovereignty organizations. Our democracy is imminently threatened by this illegal immigration invasion and we have been programmed by the ultra-left to be good little citizens and overlook that they deviously entered this country? IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. Our government is spoon feeding the illegal immigration, when we should think of their own survival. In the last twenty years or more, we have been silently invaded and taxpayers are paying the highest price. Billions of dollars are leaving America by wire transfer and hundreds of billions of dollars are being spent on “Foothold babies” and parents who don’t leave. The US TEA PARTY is challenging the Lib-Democrat and Republican elites and will not stop until the rot, corruption and collusion is swept away.

  6. EVERIFY ALL! ICE do your job...deport! Says:

    We in the USA are being taken over by many other countries who have been sneaking in or not going home for decades. It has been a silent war our govt is not doing enough to stop. ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

    e-VERIFY has to be done at every company, STOP companies from cheating and not hiring legal citizens.

    WE have to deport all illegals. Empty the jails and prisons first. Then get busy with the rest.

    THEY COST US TRILLIONS EVERY YEAR IN AID WE JUST DO NOT HAVE AND THEY ARE DEPLETING OUR SOCIAL SECURITY, SCHOOLS AND HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS.

    WHAT DOES THE GOVT AND THE ILLEGAL NOT GET? THEY BROKE OUR LAWS, GO BACK AND COME IN THE CORRECT WAY.

    YES you will wait in line like everyone else but the USA cannot adopt the whole world.

    Especially since we cannot afford to pay for our own let alone everyone else.

    What other country will let you come and stay? NONE – so why are US LEGAL taxpayers getting stuck with all your bills?

  7. Kevin Says:

    If our goal is to catch people who have come into his country illegally, profiling by any available means including racial profiling must be part of the equation. If the police have an eye witness description of a person who committed a crime and that description includes the racial description of white male they will not stop a black woman for instance. Since we know that 90% of the illegal’s in our state are of Mexican decent it would seem counter productive to stop and question someone who do not match the description of the majority perpetrator. At the same time I empathize with people who are of Mexican decent and came to this country legally. They are more likely to be stopped and harassed most often because of their outward appearance. However they are going to have to accept the fact that it is their own people who are breaking the law most often and in order to remain in this country they are going to have to endure additional scrutiny. To stop a white, blue eyed blonde woman and ask her for her immigration papers in the state of Florida would be an obvious waste of time regardless of who you are.

  8. half pint Says:

    Just enforce the current immigration laws- if you are not legal, get legal; until then you are not entitled to the rights of a US citizen until you become one. Stop with the fraud drivers licenses, ss cards, etc.. it reflects bad faith in becoming a LEGAL citizen.

  9. Sick of the profiling card being played Says:

    I am sick of the profiling card being used over and over. Really? If anything not being dark skinned or hispanic looking is being targeted in other ways.

    I have to show my ID, DL, Passport everywhere I go…Anyone who does not “look” american or speak english seems to get a pass. When asked they scream! Profiling! Enough…

    I have to PROVE I can vote, I have to have car insurance. I PAY taxes. I am on no aid or get FREE money from the taxpayers.

    I am the one being descriminated against. The FEDS take my money and give it willingly to people who break our laws by being here and are afraid to do the jobs we pay them to do.

    IF I get pulled over for any reason and I do not have ID I go to jail to prove who I am…Why do cops let illegals go after they talk to them.

    Total BS

    CALL, EMAIL ALL SENATE AND REPS. E VERIFY HAS TO TO THRU. DRIVERS LIC SHOULD NOT COUNT. ANYONE CAN GET A FAKE ONE NOW. Even my 16 yr old.

  10. Unreal Says:

    @everify
    Illegals cost us TRILLIONS a year? Even medicare social security and all the backwards trailer park inbred hillbillies on welfare don’t cost that much.
    If you want to make a point try to keep your facts in the realm of sanity.
    While I support everify I don’t support all of the redneck racist cops in florida to have an excuse to do to hispanics what they did to blacks forever.

  11. Dora D Says:

    Bring it on!! Illegal immigration is so out of control that we can not keep up with the costs.

  12. gioG Says:

    why do stupid rednecks keep on posting the same old Lou Dobbs lies, over and over again.
    Illegals cost us trillions, really? Illegals are mass rapists and murderes? huh, really? all 10-20 million of them?

    The only reason why they aren’t “legal” is because big business like MCDonalds and Walmart would have to pay them more when they are legal, Repubs are so Full of Sh**! Like when they asked McMahon about the minimum wage, she said we should consider lowering it because it might be too much for the big businesses!!!!!!

    I bet if they were white yall wouldnt give a sh**!!!

    I just wish you would come out of the closet and admit it…

  13. oscar Says:

    NOSOTROS SOMOS HISPANOS LEGALES, Y NO ES JUSTO QUE UNO TENIENDO MAS DERECHOS QUE OTROS ILEGALES NO PUEDA CONSEGUIR UN EMPLEO, SI LOS REPUBLICANOS EN LA FLORIDA NO REFUERZAN LAS LEYES, AUN TENEMOS UNA OPCION, TE PARTY, ME SIENTO DISCRIMINADO , TAMBIEN ES RACISMO QUE SIENDO LEGAL SE ME NIEGUE UNA OPORTUNIDAD DE EMPLEO

  14. Chris Says:

    You can say whatever you want to believe, but I can tell you right now that illegal immigration has been around since the beginning of the United States. What brings people here illegally? Big corporations that lure people in order to make profits. We need to make sure they don’t lure anymore people in. The people that are here legally won’t leave, they have legal family ready to fight back the laws, and they’re more than 20 million people, in fact, New Mexico has the most people ready to fight the racist laws for their families to be able to stay.

    Go away stupid rednecks, none of my illegal family ever raped anymore.

    HARD WORKERS!

  15. Amy Says:

    Republicans are so finished in Florida. The governor has only 32% of approval rate, and I am sure that the Republican party approval rate is even lower nowadays. They are ruining our beautiful state and instead of creating jobs they are destroying them. They are bullies that need to go! Florida is not going to turn into hell because of them! I can’t believe that people believe in their agenda in the first place and voted for them in the last election! I say NO to their agenda and immigration related human rights violations!!! Shame on them!

  16. Almasri Says:

    Ok obviously all of you seem to think that you can wave a magic wand and stuff happens… well no….
    Fact is immigrants built this country. All of you saying that you are THE AMERICANS dont seem to get it that you are immigrants or your pants or grand parents or further down.
    Unless you’re a mohawk or a cheyenne or from some native american origin, you should not even come near the issue.
    We should thank god that there are people still willing to earn a hard living and keep tomatoes and potatoes at an affordable level. Those of you going so hard at them dont seem to realize that without them you could be choosing between your daily six-pack or enough food cause tomatoes will cost you $20.00 a lb and ur big mac might cost you $15.00.
    Dont just get pumped up and start typing.
    Think for gods sake think!!!!!!!

  17. Educator Says:

    Oscar, who posted number 13 above, says it all. All I need to do is learn spanish to live here.

  18. High School KID Says:

    The thought that immigrants are taking our jobs is ludicrous. We don’t want to do the hard jobs (lawn care, farming whatever) so stop complaining. Most immigrants are only here for hard work and a pay check like the rest of us. America was created through immigrants seeking freedom to pursue whatever they wanted to pursue. Perhaps if you got to know an immigrant or sat down to speak with them you’d see their hardships. Ignorance and intolerance and thick headedness are bringing us down. Furthmore Educator, America doesn’t have a national language, we choose to speak english, or spanish, or creole. Learning another language is good for you.

  19. Dirk Says:

    US taxpayers shell out $113 billion annually to support illegal aliens with Florida;s share at $5-7 billion yearly.Sorry to break to the pro-amnesty,la raza group but the $20 tomatoes and doing the jobs Americans will not do is old&tired besides no one believes it.Illegal aliens replace decent wage jobs with cheap labor but taxpayers get stuck paying for the gamut of social services,health care and anchor baby support.The US was built on immigration,legal immigration.There will be no short cuts,special treatment or amnesty.This is the United States not some third world sh*t hole you created and now decided to leave.Get out,get legal and we will welcome you as millions before you.

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