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Monday January 10, 2011

Florida Legislators to Meet for Immigration Law Discussion

Florida Legislators to Meet for Immigration Law Discussion

Photo: Senate President Mike Haridopolos

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Monday, in what will be the first of three meetings, the Senate will be discussing an issue that Florida Gov. Rick Scott campaigned on heavily; immigration.

During the Senate meetings, the Florida legislature will being debating an Arizona-style immigration measure.

Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos said the meetings would be purely informational. The meeting is set to be chaired by Sen. Anitere Flores, and will include several experts and advocates to share their opinions, as the controversy surrounding immigration law is sure to have many conflicting viewpoints.

Haridopolos stated, “What we’re going to do is listen to people for six hours, remove all the political hyperbole, then we’ll make an immigration change if necessary.”

If Florida was to adopt Arizona-style immigration law it would make it a federal offense to enter the state undocumented, and would force police to ask for proof of citizenship if, during routine stops, they had reason to believe a person was in the country illegally.