As Florida lawmakers begin backing away from Arizona-style immigration law, Gov. Rick Scott has decided to stick by the measure (which was part of his campaign platform), according to the Palm Beach Post:
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.
Meanwhile, the House committee chaired by the representative who introduced an Arizona-style law began weighing other, less aggressive forms of enforcement.
The idea of imitating Arizona also drew opposition during the second immigration hearings in the Senate.
Senate President Mike Haridopolos said Wednesday that those hearings have been “fruitful” because they were grounded in “facts about what’s happening in Florida, not what’s happening in Arizona.” He also said he expects to address immigration this year, and that the next hearing, set for Feb. 7, maybe an “open mic” where anyone can speak up.