Florida Immigration Bill: 20 Days to Immigrants Not Carrying Documentation
August 12, 2010
Florida (ChattahBox) – Following in footsteps of Arizona, but going a few steps further than they did, Florida has announced that they have drafted an immigration bill that will “provide new enforcement tools for protecting our citizens and will help our state fight the ongoing problems created by illegal immigration”.
The new law would follow along the same lines as the controversial bill in Arizona, allowing police to power to determine immigration status on arrests. But it would also force immigrants to carry documentation at all times, or face a 20 day jail sentence for the first offense.
It will also enact much harsher punishments on those here illegally who commit a crime, adding additional charges to the initial ones for their illegal status.
There will be misdemeanor charges for anyone seeking employment in the state without U.S. citizenship, though it isn’t known what the charge will be for those who offer illegal immigrants work.
“This law is fairly balanced to protect the rights of those who are here legally and illegally. [It is] a huge step for public safety,” Bill McCollum, the governor candidate who introduce the bill, was quoted by RAW.