Florida's Anti-Immigrant Bills Bring it One Step Closer to A Police State
Florida is one step closer to becoming the next state to pass a bill modeled after Arizona’s dangerous racial profiling law. This morning, without allowing any debate on the bill, the Florida State Senate voted 23-16 to approve S.B. 2040, legislation that encourages state and local police officials to enforce immigration law. In addition to violating the civil rights of thousands of Florida residents, the legislation would devastate the local economy.
With only a few days left in the legislative session, activists are shifting their focus to the House of Representatives, calling on members of the Hispanic Caucus to stop H.B. 7089. A two-thirds vote is necessary for the House to even consider the Senate’s bill. In a statement released earlier this week, the Florida Congressional Hispanic Caucus stated that the Arizona copycat legislation “will not accomplish its intended or ultimate goals without racially profiling and harassing a certain segment of the population who has arrived in the United States for the same individual liberties that many of our family members did.”
Campus Progress is in solidarity with activists fighting to protect immigrant rights in Florida. We will be providing updates as they develop.