The list of the Miami-Dade delegation members in Tallahassee opposed to immigration-enforcement bills keeps growing, according to one activist group. #
In a press release issued today, We Are Florida! says that Miami-Dade GOP state Rep. Carlos Lopez-Cantera and Sen. Rene Garcia “are expressing their opposition to Arizona racial profiling laws in Florida” and have pledged to vote against Rep. William Snyder’s H.B. 7089 and Sen. Anitere Flores’ S.B. 2040. #
The release adds that Lopez-Cantera, House majority leader and chairman of the Miami-Dade Delegation, made his opposition clear via Spanish-language media late last week. It also states that Garcia informed the We are Florida! campaign of his vote against any Arizona-inspired bill. #
According to the press release, 15 state lawmakers in Miami-Dade have already committed to vote against these two immigration bills. The Miami-Dade delegation has 24 members total. #
We Are Florida! issued a pledge last Friday to the Miami-Dade legislative delegation that states that either “Arizona light” S.B. 2040 or the “Arizona heavy” H.B. 7089 would harm the social fabric of our community, harm the state’s economy and create a huge financial burden for state and local governments by having local law enforcement take on the task of enforcing federal immigration law. #
In a May article, The Florida Independent's Travis Pillow documented how Secretary of State Kurt Browning's office was rushing to immediately implement Florida's controversial new election law in 62 of Florida's 67 counties, while holding off in the remaining five counties till the U.S. Department of Justice approves the changes — a necessary step under the Voting Rights Act because of the history of discriminatory voting rules in those five counties.