In 2011, the Republican-controlled Florida legislature will discuss a measure announced in August by state Rep. William Snyder, R-Stuart, that mimics Arizona’s S.B. 1070 immigration enforcement law. In a new interview, though, Snyder indicates that the law could change significantly between now and when it’s voted on.
“The draft is really just a draft,” Snyder tells The Florida Independent. “It’s a work in progress. There will be workshops, and many versions of it. It’s a collaborative effort. We are not bullying through anything.”
Snyder says his office reached out to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the attorney general’s office to draft the measure. Sandi Copes, the communication director of the attorney general’s office, wrote the following via email to the Florida Independent:
We assisted with the language in the draft regarding stops by law enforcement/prohibition on racial profiling, enhanced penalties for illegal immigrants who commit other crimes, and bond hearings.
Snyder’s measure would strengthen state law enforcement and attrition measures, and further tie state enforcement to federal immigration enforcement programs like 287(g) and Secure Communities, which have problems of their own.
Last week, state Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, filed an immigration enforcement bill, S. 136, that shares similar language with Snyder’s version. This week Gov.-elect Rick Scott endorsed this week an Arizona-style immigration enforcement bill for Florida.