The controversial illegal immigration issue is at the forefront of this years’ legislative session in Tallahassee, Florida. The problem of illegal immigration continues to be a hot topic in Florida and around the country. What many do not understand is that the illegal immigration issue also a national security issue. While there are many arguments being made from both sides in defense their respective positions, illegal immigration is just that, illegal.
Floridians for Immigration Reform (FLIMEN) have been the tip of the spear in the struggle to eradicate the problem of illegal immigration. Today, the FLIMEN sent out word that a House Bill addressing the the E-Verify proposal has passed it’s first committee in the House.
Here is today’s press release from the FLIMEN. Note that they post Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Fasano’s contact info. I ask that everyone contact him, as well as Senate President Atwater about this issue. Be especially ‘nice’ to Fasano since he is a Charlie Crist hack and is probably depressed over Governor Crist’s performance on the debate against Marco Rubio.
Urgent Calls Needed for E-Verify Bill in FL Legislature
HB219 unanimously passed the Florida House Governmental Affairs Policy Committee on March 24, 2010. HB219 contains a good E-Verify provision for public contractors and state agencies. This would mean that State of Florida funds will be expended only if contractors and subcontractors to state agencies verify that their workers are legal.
The much wider scope private E-Verify bill, The Florida Citizen’s Employment Protection Act of 2010 proposed by FLIMEN, is unfortunately not politically feasible this year as demonstrated by a six month effort that failed to garner either a Senate or House sponsor. Nonetheless, HB219 is a good small step forward.
HB219 has one additional committee in the House and five committees in the Senate so it will be a daunting task to get the bill through committees and a full House and Senate vote prior to the end of the Session on April 30, 2010. Because the bill is moving in the House the focus is now on Senate bill S1880, the companion bill to HB219.
Calls, faxes and emails are needed to urge that S1880 be fast-tracked in the Florida Senate:
Senate President Jeff Atwater:Phone: (850) 487-5100, (954) 847-3518, (561) 625-5101, or (866) 757-1902
FAX: (954) 847-3519 or (561) 625-5103
Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Fasano:
Phone: (727) 848-5885 or (850) 487-5062
FAX: (727) 841-4453