Sticky: Florida Legislature on the verge of passing a ‘show us your papers’ immigration law

Sitting in front of a crowd that included children of immigrant workers — some clad in “Don’t Deport My Dad” t-shirts — a Senate panel on Monday swiftly pushed through a controversial immigration bill.

The Senate Judiciary Committee took up the first hearing for SB 2040 by Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, at the tail end of their whirlwind, two-hour meeting. ….. The bill would require all employers to check new employees’ immigration status using either the federal E-verify or the enhanced ID cards that have been available in Florida since 2010, for which proof of lawful residence is a requirement. The law would go into effect July 1, 2012.

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At the press conference, Florida Immigration Coalition Director Subhash Kateel stood with about 40 Homestead-based immigrants who’d come to speak out against the bill.

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“Quite frankly, I’ve been called, in the last days and weeks, words that I wouldn’t want my son to ever hear,” (Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami) said. She said that while it would be easier not to deal with the immigration issue, senators felt it necessary because the Obama administration had promised to handle it and didn’t.

The crowd booed as the bill passed through committee. Though Flores tried to move quickly to another bill, their chants of “Let us speak!” drowned her out, so senators quickly adjourned and left… MORE

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