Florida Immigration Bill Allows Police to Skip Over Canadians, Europeans

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 10:46 am

Via Change.org, some interesting information about a proposed Arizona-style immigration bill in Florida: The bill includes a provision allowing Canadians and Western Europeans to be “presumed to be legally in the United States,” even though other non-citizens must carry papers. Florida’s bill, which was drafted by Rep. William Snyder (R), has support from Rick Scott, the Republican candidate for governor. Although proponents of the legislation argue it would not lead to racial profiling, the provision on Canadians and Western Europeans — most of whom are white non-Latinos — brings up new concerns for Latino groups. (The Miami New Times, which originally pointed out the provision, has a full copy of the draft bill.)

Latino and immigrant rights groups have fervently opposed the bill, which would mimic Arizona’s SB 1070 by requiring police to check legal status on anyone they “reasonable suspicions” of being in the country illegally if the police have already stopped them. The provision would allow them to assume legal status if the person had a Canadian passport or a “passport from any ‘visa waiver country’” — which are primarily located in Western Europe. “That language makes it clear that police are targeting only a specific minority,” Susana Barciela, policy director at the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, told the Miami New Times.

Snyder said the language was meant to avoid deterring tourism from Canada. “What we’re doing there is trying to be sensitive to Canadians,” he said in a radio interview. “We have an enormous amount of … Canadians wintering here in Florida. … That language is comfort language.”

The bill has caused some tension between Florida politicians, particularly the three Latino Republican members of Congress from Miami who oppose the anti-immigration legislation. Reps. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen tepidly endorsed Scott for governor earlier this month despite his support for the bill.

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jeremiah
Comment posted October 20, 2010 @ 5:43 pm

Immigration is a big revenue collector if only the policy makers get the nasty politics out of it. Non-immigrant visas maybe charged with high fees and bond deposits to deter overstay. Work visas will be eased-up and with high fees to be paid by employee and employer by installment. Imagine the 12 million illegals in the country if they paid $1,000 each for a work visa instead of paying much more to a human smuggler. That would be a lot of money for the government.


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Guest
Comment posted October 21, 2010 @ 3:06 am

People forget that the 9/11 terrorists entered through Canada, not through Mexico.


kate
Comment posted October 21, 2010 @ 8:09 am

And evidently other people forget that the myth of those terrorists entering through Canada has been debunked, repeatedly, by the government's of both nations.

The 9/11 Commission report acknowledges this – all of the hijackers entered the US from countries other than Canada.


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Comment posted October 21, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

The economics of immigration, Stephen C. Goss, the chief actuary of the Social Security Administration and someone who enjoys bipartisan support for his straightforwardness, said that by 2007, the Social Security trust fund had received a net benefit of somewhere between $120 billion and $240 billion from unauthorized immigrants.

That represented an astounding 5.4 percent to 10.7 percent of the trust fund's total assets of $2.24 trillion that year. The cumulative contribution is surely higher now. Unauthorized immigrants paid a net contribution of $12 billion in 2007 alone, Goss said.

Previous estimates circulating publicly and in Congress had placed the annual contributions at roughly half of Goss's 2007 figure and listed the cumulative benefit on the order of $50 billion.

The Social Security trust fund faces a solvency crisis that would be even more pressing were it not for these payments.

Adding to the Social Security irony is that the restrictionists are mostly OLDER AND RETIRED WHITES from longtime American families. The very people, in other words, who benefit most from the Social Security payments by unauthorized immigrants.


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Arakiba
Comment posted October 22, 2010 @ 4:50 pm

Teapublican thought: “White immigrants good, brown immigrants bad.”


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Kay
Comment posted November 4, 2010 @ 5:58 am

So … Spaniards and Italians are going to get harassed until they show their passport, and so are all the non-white Canadians? Because we have a lot of non-whites here. In fact, we're kind of well-known for being multicultural. The only reason our country as a rising population instead of a decreasing one is because of immigration.


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