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Florida Legislature Set To Introduce Florida Immigration Law

by Javier Manjarres

After Tuesday’s elections gave Republicans a veto-proof majority in both chambers of the Florida Legislature– 28-12 in the Senate and 80-40 in the House, one of the first legislative initiatives that was expected to be introduced is the much ballyhooed “Arizona style” immigration law that cracks down on illegal immigration, provided that a member of the legislature were to file such a bill.  Incoming Senate President-elect Mike Haridopolos is a strong advocate for the introduction of such a law and has previously stated that,“I wouldn’t be surprised if a member of the Senate and/or House representative files a bill. If we choose to go that way, we’re going to have a Florida law, not an Arizona law.”

In a phone conversation this morning with Senator President-elect Haridopolos, the Senator reiterated his position on the issue and leaked what he and his colleagues in Tallahassee intend to do about it.

You believe the Federal government has failed us on this issue- Florida needs to step up and get it right. We will be holding extensive hearings in December or January on getting all the facts on table and all the hyperbole off the table. – Mike Haridopolos

A source close to several State Senators and House Representatives has told the Shark Tank that no less than four members of the Legislature are interested in filing a bill that resembles Arizona’s immigration law but will address Florida’s unique situation as it pertains to illegal immigration.  Senator Haridopolos confirmed my source’s information and said that he expected a bill to be proposed any day.  An immigration bill filed in the legislature would be sure to pass, and be signed by Governor-elect Rick Scott.  Governor-elect Scott has been one of the most ardent supporters of the Arizona immigration law which allows for law enforcement officials to make an inquiry as to a person’s immigration status and require that an individual provide documentation about their immigration status.

Since Florida does not have a dry Federal border, the unique immigration challenge that Florida faces is the fact that the majority of people that are here in the state illegally are because they have overstayed their visas.  While there are certainly illegal immigrants coming to Florida from other border states, the main issue here in Florida are individuals who have expired visas. Regardless of whether these individuals illegal crossed our Federal borders or decided not to got back to their respective countries after being granted a student, work, or tourist visa, illegal is illegal, and the Legislature and the Governor are both primed to act.

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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  • Glenn Ohanesian

    The Florida legislature should act quickly. For one thing, this will reduce the number of illegals taking advantage of medical care via the ERs. Another area of relief would be the police, fire services and the detention facilities. Finally, there should be some savings from the reduced load on education and associated costs. We don’t need to host illegal aliens with our scarce tax dollars.

  • scorpio0679

    It appears that we are going to see one of the busiest, most productive two years in Florida history, as far as legislation and policy are concerned. Amendments 5 and 6 cast doubt on how long the GOP will retain its huge majorities in the state legislatures, and so they will want to get everything that can be done, done quickly.

    Great article.

  • honeygetoverit

    Good. We need it, and it will send out a message of solidarity with Arizona and with all of our sister states; we have the right to protect themselves and to create legistature that enforces the federal laws in the absence of federal accountability. It would also avoid our getting the bulk of illegals migrating down here from border states; afterall, they speak the language and the weather is nicer, lol. 😉

  • Andrew Nappi

    A more immediate issue for Mr. Haridopolis and Mr. Cannon is the imposition by the EPA of water nutrient standards on Florida’s water ways. This imposition will cost our ag industry billions and thousands of jobs will be lost in our state.
    This threat becomes reality on November 14th. Illegal immigration legislation is all well and good. Right now though, interposition legislation is needed in the special session to tell EPA they and their nutrient standards are not recognized in our sovereign state. Our own DEP has the situation well in hand with sound science.
    Ag Commissioner Bronson and Senator Elect Rubio know this is a devastating blow for Florida. But it is our legislature, in their duty to protect the citizens, and our farmers who must impose a verdict of nullification on this de facto power grab of our sovereign state’s waterways. Time is of the essence. We are either serious about protecting our state and industry, or we are not. Its a clear cut choice with a proven remedy that dates to 1798. NULLIFY NOW! Just Say No To the EPA!

  • Lightweight

    We already have laws in place,enforce it not fix it.This is where the code word “comprehensive” reform. How many years have we been dealng with the promises of this issue ?It’s like closing the barn after all the horses are out,or the illegals (and Terrorist) are in.

  • Debbie Vorpagel

    This is GREAT! I’m not sure our biggest problem is over-stayed visas. In Central FL they drive in from GA.
    Lightweight, AZ has proved, make them miserable, they leave! Which saves us money in every area.
    Andrew, if anybody’s going to stand up to the Feds it’s this bunch! The rule goes into effect before they take office. I could never have said this before last week, but I’m confident they’ll take on the issue of our waters being controlled by our state.
    Seems to b e part of Obama’s agenda to destroy all US farmer’s, not just ours!

  • Don

    I am opposed to immigration “reform” (amnesty). This country is overpopulated, and 21 million Americans are out of work.

  • grandmaof5

    There was a ceremony in Tampa yesterday to welcome 270 people from 56 countries to citizenship in the US. They took pix with the flag, their interviewers, the Statue of Liberty; they hugged anyone who would hug them back – they were happy to be here. We need the legislation, as Arizona has done, to send those who come in the back door, back to their countries. If they would like to become US citizens, let them go throught the same process these 270 happy people went through. Being a citizen of the United States is a priviledge, not a right.

  • Fuck you

    F*** the immigration law.white ppl need the stop begging on corners and stop living off the goverment find them and get a job.we work to provide for our family.and btw I am a american citizan born and raised in florida.iam hispanish I work and go to school.lazy ass ppl talking bout job and this and that but dont do crap to provide for them sorry arse politics need to get there crap together and see who the real hard workers are.most americans dont work jus sit and wait for a paycheck


    This for me is just ridicules who r u people im saying all of u that write something where do u come from i can call my self an American im a native American and all my family are. All of u came from another places and saw on this country a opportunity to have a better life. So tell me WHAT IS THE DIFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR ANCESTORS AND THEM?????????
    If you like a republican belive in conservative and fight about abortion and many other things cuz is God will and bla bla bla, how make the borders God or us……

    Belive whatever u want to belive but one day we will be judge not for where we come from but what we did where we was………