As you probably know, the Florida Legislature is moving quickly to enact a law which is similar to Arizona’s anti-immigration law. Florida Senate Bill 2040 has already passed the Judiciary Committee, is scheduled to be heard by the Budget Committee today and may soon head for the full Senate floor. Click here for a synopsis of S.B. 2040. An even more stringent anti-immigration Bill that mirrors the Arizona law is being debated in the State’s House Judiciary Committee (the Florida Immigration Enforcement Act)
Whatever comes out of both committees is likely to be changed for the worse once it goes to the full legislature, where many Republican lawmakers are known to support stringent anti-immigration enforcement laws.
The House Immigration Bill would make being undocumented a crime, allow law enforcement to establish a person’s immigration status during a lawful stop and allows law enforcement to make an unwarranted arrest of an undocumented person.
Although a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on Monday, which upheld a preliminary injunction against Arizona’s S.B. 1070 Immigration-Enforcement Law, could impact immigration Bills moving through the Florida legislature, it is nevertheless critical that we speak out against this proposed legislation.
Please contact your Florida legislators now. If you do not know who they are, go to http://www.flsenate.gov/senators/results.cfm, fill in your address, and the name of your Florida Representative and Senator will come up. Please let them know that you oppose S.B. 2040 and the Florida Immigration Enforcement Act.