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No Senate session Saturday, immigration still hanging

by Dara Kam | April 29th, 2011

The Florida Senate scrubbed a rare Saturday meeting scheduled to take up a Medicaid overhaul and possibly immigration reform.

Before breaking for lunch after the morning floor session, Senate President Mike Haridopolos said told his members that he is “going to give you a little bit of a break before you come back to work on Monday.”

That puts off until at least Monday the Senate’s discussion of immigration reform as Senate budget chief JD Alexander grapples with crafting a proposal he can sell to a chamber divided on the issue, let alone to the Florida House that wants an Arizona-style package. Yesterday, Haridpolos, R-Merritt Island, assured reporters that the Senate would vote on the issue before the session ends on May 6.

Sen. Anitere Flores, the Cuban-American Republican from Miami initially shepherding the Senate’s immigration plan until Haridopolos gave it to Alexander this week, summed up the difficulty.

“This is a severely complicated, complex issue where there are hundreds of different people that have hundreds of different opinions,” she said. “There are employment provisions. There are law enforcement provisions. There are business owner provisions. And there are just individual human emotions. There are political considerations. All those considerations are all there. To try and make that into a bill that you can get a majority of votes on in the House and the Senate is a problem.”

Immigrants, many of them undocumented, children of parents who have been deported, students in the country illegally and their advocates have thronged the Capitol pleading with lawmakers to abandon immigration reform as the clock winds down on the legislative session.

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5 Responses to “No Senate session Saturday, immigration still hanging”

  1. Bill Neubauer Says:

    Indeed there a number of “political considerations” related to an immigration bill.
    One thing I never see is the JOBS element. One of the perennial assumptions about jobs is that Amrican citizens will not accept the harvest, hospitality and construction jobs commonly filled by illegal immigrants.
    And one of the biggest economic problems attributed to the nation is the number of persons drawing jobless benefits.
    After 99 weeks of jobless pay end, do the jobless maintain an aversion to the jobs in question? For the citizens it is apparently 8.8 percent. Why do I never hear how many illegals are unemployed, if any? And what about the long-term unemployed? Have they adjusted their standards to coincide with the jobs held by illegals? And what if they did want those jobs? Could they have them?

  2. Tea Party Lady Says:

    We Tea Party members embrace immigrants! All we ask is that:

    1) Before they come to this country they say, “please, may I”

    2) The immediately learn how to speak English

    3) They learn our customs and way of life. They can watch “Leave It To Beaver” or “Happy Days” for ideas.

    4) Personally, I love tacos and tamales!

  3. illegals have no rights DEPORT Says:

    If most americans knew how much at least half of the illegals employed are really making (not to mention the bonus of tax free) they would want them.

    Do not forget the most important issue. We taxpayers pay billions every year for illegals kids medical, schooling all their aid in the form of housing and food stamps etc.

    It is a matter of we cannot and never should have had to bear this burden that belongs to other countries. Can you or I move to the UK, Ca or any other counties and live for free like we have allowed? The answer is NO and why should they allow it.

    Then there is the issue of how many are criminals, have no insurance and filling up our jails and prisons…We have no idea who they are and never will.

    We have to have HUGE fines on any company that hires them and does not Everify. Some will self deport and others we can deport as we come across them. We have to take care of our own first. A baby born where neither parent is not a legal citizen should not get citizenship…PERIOD.

    How about a 1800 report illegals number and start cleaning up our country? Then we will have lots of money for our own social security etc for LEGAL citizens. Just because they have overun our country and is sinking the legal immigration procedure does not mean they should stay.

    How about every group, attorney or advocate for illegals pay every dime of every cost they ever incur FOREVER? NO I DID NOT THINK SO.

    IT IS EASY TO SPEND EVERYBODY ELSES MONEY.

    DEPORT…..SENATE AND REP PREPARE TO BE VOTED OUT FOR NOT TAKING CARE OF CITIZENS. CORPS AND BUS LEADERS WILL NOT TAKE CARE OF YOU.

  4. Brittanicus Says:

    When our immigration laws are held in suspension by hesitant politicians because they don’t want to hurt ethnic feelings, then nothing is going to happen? IT IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE A STALEMATE. Americans should realize if we initiate Zero tolerance at the border, at airline terminals with the immense power of the federal government, to fully funding without any exceptions. That the originally designed double strength border fence (2006 Secure Fence Act), complete with deployed US patrol and military personal, we can alter the course of having to support illegal immigrant invasion..At airline entry terminals, their must be stronger control that includes entry and exit inspections by immigration, so they can trace persons after their visa expires.Amazingly it makes sense, so it halts illegal newcomers reaching reaching America, costing billions of dollars in support. ALL STATES THAT FAIL TO ENACT POLICING LAWS, WILL ADDRESS A HUGE FINANCIAL PENALTY FROM THE BOMBARDMENT OF ECONOMIC REFUGEES, LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME AFTER FLEEING FROM LESS SYMPATHETIC STATES.

    If funding is established now for whatever is required to construct the double layer fence, including internal tools such as E-Verify, Secure Communities and 287 (G) police apprehension programs, we stand a good chance of stopping this travesty. IF WE SPEND BILLIONS NOW, IN THE LONG RUN WE WILL SAVE HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS ANNUALLY. Every legal person and citizen should have a equal opportunity to work, no matter their color as long as their passage was through the Immigration paperwork and not the back way in? So as inserted in the 1986 Immigration Control and reform Act, we will have the means to inflict grave penalties on business, that think they are above our laws. More than then five foreign nationals in your employ, you go to prison, simple as that. Much of this pain and suffering, loss of jobs taken by illegal aliens could be settled easily, if entry into America without papers was a felony as many other industrial nations have imposed.

    This foreign occupation hasn’t just happened, its taken thirty years at least. This has been caused by foolhardy evasiveness to the “Rule of law.” Once we have settled this exploitation once and for all, we can then decide on a uniform, non-fraudulent Guest worker program.But farmers and the agricultural section, must be forced to pay for their workers health care and education for their children of people working the fields; not taxpayers. There should be special exceptions for the highly skilled, who should have expedited passage through the immigration preference system. Alas, we have a right not admit individuals who will have to rely on government handouts, which incorporates pregnant Mothers. This has become a myopic game of States and the federal government alike, engineering welfare programs meant for birthright Americans sick, old and retired.

    FAIR estimates there are about 363,000 children are born to illegal aliens each year. It’s a must read the report in a Pdf file “Illegal Aliens and American Medicine.” Just Google the whole text. Anybody have any thoughts out there, have any conception of expenditures Today? Foothold children to a large extent exhaust the social welfare programs countrywide. This is serious intent to legally enter America in near full term of pregnancy, so the birthright law comes into effect. The “Anchor Baby” is an unpleasant term, but it describes with morbid accuracy, defining an offspring of an illegal immigrant or other non-citizen, who under current legal interpretation becomes a United States citizen at birth; the law is ruthlessly used in apply for welfare programs.

    The female if allowed to remain, can get even more benefits, when they become pregnant again, and again and again. This insures cash payments, food stamps, free health care and federal Section 8 housing that shortly the whole extended family moves too. As our government tries to extract its way out of the 14 Trillion plus deficit, so should States that are carrying the extra burden if catering to illegal aliens. Thousands more people join the moderate conservatives in local and national TEA PARTY each day. Independents are swarming to the party, including lost Liberals and Democrats, even hard core Republicans.

    This nation is on the verge of losing its reputation, as the most powerful country in the world to Communist China. This has been forced upon us by unfair trade practices and the manipulation of currency by the Chinese. This unfair advantage has deteriorated our manufacturing base, the shutdown of thousands of companies that were making quality products, compared to the foreign countries that have imported cheap goods into this nation. The only people making huge profits are international mega corporations, that have taken US jobs offshore or across borders. The TEA PARTY will end this fallacy and tax US companies bringing cheap inferior goods. We are the greatest population of consumer buyers in the world and we have the ability to place tariffs on goods entering America, instead of this unbalanced trade policies that we have with NAFTA, CAFTA and China.

  5. Ian Says:

    Britannicus troll guy,
    You are a sad excuse for a human being! Remember, no human is illegal and the religious fanatics of Western Europe back in the XVII cenutry are the original illegal immigrants. If we start deporting, we ought to deport their progeny first.
    In fact, the only good thing about disgusting pigs such as yourself is that you are on the wrong side of both history and demographics.
    Billy Bob, “your kind” will be just another minority in 20 years or so. You have already lost this battle, you just don’t know it yet! Tick tock…

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