by Javier Manjarres
Florida’s illegal immigration debate continues to heat up as several pro-amnesty groups are stepping up their rhetoric in opposition to the forthcoming legislation that is expected to pass the State Legislature and receive Governor Rick Scott’s signature. Governor Scott’s win last November was predicated primarily on two issues- his Jobs Plan and his promise to pass an “Arizona style” immigration law. A clear majority of Floridians are in support of such a law that many believe will decrease the crime associated with illegal immigration as well as free up much needed jobs to out-of-work U.S. citizens.
Florida Senator Bill Bennett’s bill, SB 136 is coming under increasing vocal opposition from local pro-amnesty groups that are targeting local community and religous leaders to reach out to their constituents about the their concerns about the proposed bill.
Senator Bennett’s bill permits law enforcement officers who make either a traffic stop or an arrest to request information from an individual that verifies their citizenship status. This bill would also permit law enforcement agencies to take illegal immigrants into federal custody.
C.J. Czaia, chairman of Unidos Now, believes that the primary motive for insisting that our immigration laws are enforced is not national security:
“This issue is racial,” he said. “We have so many prejudices that are not true. We need to be less Mexican and talk more about the borders of Canada.” – C.J. Czaia
Whenever you hear these kinds of talking points emerge from the “debate”, it’s a dead giveaway that persons responsible for these quotes are only interested in demagoguing the issue rather than engaging in a serious discussion about the consequences of non-enforcement. One more time, for the benefit of Mr. Czaia- the issue is not whether an illegal immigrant is Mexican, Canadian, Pakistani, or even a Martian, the issue is whether you are present in this country legally or not. It just so happens that the majority of our illegal immigrants originate from primarily Spanish-speaking countries, however, the issue of illegal immigration concerns the enforcement of our laws towards all illegal foreign nationals, regardless of their country of origin.