Another Day, Another Anti-Immigrant State

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Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, who is lagging in the polls for the governor race of Florida, decided he needed to win at any cost, even at the cost of abdicating his responsibility to uphold the U.S. Constitution

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum on Wednesday proposed tougher curbs against illegal migrants in his melting-pot state which he said would go “one step further” than a similar contested Arizona law.

Here is an excerpt from the actual bill:

In addition to any violation of federal law, a person is guilty of willful failure to complete or carry an alien registration document if the person is in violation of 8 U.S.C.  1304(e) or 1306(a)

From Reuters: “The proposed legislation’s provisions require that aliens carry immigration documentation or face a possible misdemeanor penalty of up to 20 days in jail for the first offense.

It allows judges to consider immigration status while setting bond and sentencing. It foresees enhanced penalties against illegal aliens who commit further crimes in Florida…”

Then, copy and pasting Jan Brewer’s words, McCollum’s office released this this gem:

McCollum’s office said his proposal for Florida “will not allow for racial profiling.”

PORTIONS OF FL. BILL WILL BE ENJOINED

McCollum is engaging in political pandering in an epic fashion–his actions demonstrate that the “illegal immigrantion” problem is an exclusive tool for him to be elected governor of Florida, and he’s not bashful about it.

One cannot go “one step further” on the Arizona bill, at least not until its constitutionality is set firmly in the stone of a supreme court decision. Florida’s “papers” requirement is identical to what was preliminarily enjoined by a Federal court in Arizona.(if you don’t believe me, look at the text and compare). Yet McCollum beats his chest like some gorilla in defiance of our constitution.

This has to stop. It’s a waste of money and worse, itt can cause real harm in the form of an agitated public acting out on the false words of its leaders.

Worse Than Arizona

Given that SB1070 was relatively unprecedented in its attempt to usurp the federal government’s authority in regulating immigration, Florida’s bill is anything but. The Florida bill only exists because of the heightened public attention to those familiar “illegal immigration problem” phrases splashed across every publication in the nation.

The legislators in Florida know, with a much higher degree of certainty than did the Arizona ones at the time SB1070 bill was passed, that their immigration bill will be struck down for now, and likely struck down forever.

The leaders in Florida should be held liable to the public for the high cost their foolish and doomed immigration bill will exact upon the public.


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