The controversy behind the Arizona Immigration law has reached the sandy white beaches of the Sunshine state. Just recently, U.S Senatorial candidate Marco Rubio caught a lot of flak for speculating that the recently passed Arizona law could lead to a police state. In addition, Rubio also said that it would lead to ethnic and racial profiling. Rubio says that he supports Arizona’s right to do what it has to defend it’s state’s sovereignty by excercising it’s states rights. Rubio has been a strong supporter of legal immigration and is against any form of amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Mr. Rubio provided further clarification to the Shark Tank on this exact issue.
In the Gubernatorial race here in Florida, Rick Scott, the most recently declared candidate for governor, took a not so subtle ‘right-cross’ at Attorney General and fellow gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum in his latest video ad, proclaiming his support for an Arizona style law here in Florida. McCollum has gone back and forth on this issue since the issue hit the national stage, first by saying that he would support the amended version of the law, then he backtracked by saying,” We don’t need that law in Florida.”
The overwhelming majority of Floridians are in favor of a law similar to the one passed in Arizona. Florida’s main immigration problem stems from immigrants coming into the country legally, then overstay their visas, hence becoming illegal immigrants. While Florida’s problem with illegal immigration is different from Arizona’s, illegal immigrants do make their way to Florida from border states to find work, so a law like the one in Arizona should be considered, passed and put into action in Florida-with just a few minor revisions to suit the unique immigration problem here. We need an Arizona-style law in here in Florida.