Immigration debate in Florida picks up

While the Florida legislature recently scrapped a portion of an immigration bill that would have required employers to verify their workers’ eligibility with the federal government, the president of the state senate is reportedly not happy about it.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Senate President Mike Haridopolos said during a question and answer session with reporters that he wants the mandate to use the E-Verify system put back into the bill.

“That’s where I believe the consensus or the strength of the Senate is on E-Verify,” he said.

Haridopolos’ comments came as opponents of the stricter immigration proposals were expected to arrive in the state capital of Tallahassee to protest the bills. Many critics say that the proposed legislation, which in part would require that law enforcement officials inquire about a suspects’ immigration status, would lead to racial profiling.

“I don’t want to be unfairly taxed or burdened by illegal immigrants, but we live in a country where the fact of being an immigrant should not lead to discrimination or unbridled force to show documentation,” Representative Darryl Rouson told the Bradenton Herald.