The Florida House sponsor of an Arizona-style immigration enforcement law said Thursday that every aspect of the bill remains “subject to change and may not look anything like the Arizona law.”
State Rep. William Snyder, R-Stuart, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, said he had heard a variety of concerns, including the impact such a law would have on tourism. During a hearing Thursday, he began to explore alternatives.
Perhaps the committee should take a closer look at existing programs such as 287(g), in which local police get training from national immigration officers that allows them to enforce federal immigration laws. That program is already in use in several Florida counties and by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (.pdf).
State Rep. Darren Soto, D-Orlando, asked about having judges ask about someone’s immigration status at first appearance, after that person has been arrested, instead of allowing police to ask during any traffic stop, as Arizona’s law allows.
Snyder said that sort of approach would likely help alleviate concerns about racial profiling.