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Petitioning Florida State House and 1 other

Don't Pass A Copy Cat Arizona Immigration Bill in Florida

Florida legislatures have proposed Arizona-style immigration bills that mandate police visually determine who to suspect as an undocumented immigrant. There is no way to enforce such a law without relying on racial profiling, no matter what the language in the bill implies. Furthermore, the bills mandate higher penalties for  immigrants convicted of the same crimes as citizens.

The costly lawsuits faced by Arizona, coupled with the loss of profits to tourism and business sectors because of a national boycott, make it clear that it would be detrimental to pass such a law in Florida. SB 136's sponsor, Florida Sen. Mike Bennett, stated to reporters that he himself wasn't sure he would vote for the measure. Florida law professors, economists, tourism industry experts, and Latino Republican leaders have all spoken against the bill, citing costly economic, political, and moral consequences.  

Tell Florida not to pander to anti-immigrant factions, and vote no no an Arizona-style immigration bill. 

Letter to
Florida State House
Florida State Senate
I am writing to voice my opposition to Florida SB 136 and a similar bill drafted by Florida Representative William Snyder in the state House. The proposed laws mandate that police visually determine who to suspect as an undocumented immigrant. There is no way to enforce such a law without relying on racial profiling, no matter what the language in the bill implies.

The costly lawsuits faced by Arizona, coupled with the loss of profits to tourism and business sectors because of a national boycott, make it clear that it would be detrimental to pass such a law in Florida. SB 136's sponsor, Florida Sen. Mike Bennett, stated to reporters that he himself wasn't sure he would vote for the measure. Florida law professors, economists, tourism industry experts, and Latino Republican leaders have all spoken against the bill, citing costly economic, political, and moral consequences.

Our state faces many economic challenges, and relies heavily on tourism, particularly from Latin America, as a main source of income. Florida cannot afford to become a state suspicious of immigrants and those who “look” like immigrants. As one of your constituents, I ask that you vote against an Arizona-style immigration bill.