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Interview with Rick Scott on immigration

Asked if Florida should pass an immigration-enforcement law like Georgia’s recently approved H.B. 87, Gov. Rick Scott says the federal government needs to do its job: Secure the border, implement a national immigration policy and create a work visa program that actually works.

Jul 31, 2020
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Asked if Florida should pass an immigration-enforcement law like Georgia’s recently approved H.B. 87, Gov. Rick Scott says the federal government needs to do its job: Secure the border, implement a national immigration policy and create a work visa program that actually works. #
Scott tells Hispoliticathat if you’re in Florida and you’re stopped by law enforcement, officers should be able to ask for your immigration status. In its latest session, the Florida Legislature failed to pass immigration-enforcement billsthat would have allowed local law enforcement to do just that. #
Scott adds that immigration reform must be fair and avoid racial profiling, and he comments about his experience using E-Verify, a federal program that allows companies to discover if a job applicant is authorized to work in the U.S. Asked if he supports state and national E-Verify, Scott says we need something that is fair. #
One of Rick Scott’s first acts as governorwas to sign an executive order requiring that all state agencies — and all companies that enter into contracts with state agencies — use E-Verify to check the employment elligibility of their workers #
Georgia’s H.B. 87, effective July 1, includes provisions that mandate E-Verify; the measure is opposed by the Georgia Farm Bureau. A federal judgethis week granted a preliminary injunction against key provisions of the law that would allow police to investigate the immigration status of certain suspects and a measure punishing those who knowingly harbor illegal immigrants. #
A federal bill filed by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, would mandate E-Verifynationwide. It is currently moving through the U.S. House of Representative, but has also earned the opposition of many business organizations. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is cosponsoringthe Senate version that also calls for mandatory E-Verify. #
Scott says he recognizes that Hispanic voters were important for his election and he has made a point to address their issues: education, jobs and housing. But in Florida immigration reform bills have divided GOP legislators, especially South FloridaHispanic Republicans. #
Watch the Scott interview: #
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