Florida Republicans bummed out at judge's ruling on Arizona immigration law

Meanwhile the activist Florida Immigration Coalition plans to deliver a letter to Attorney General McCollum denouncing his support for Arizona's SB 1070 in event throughout the state on Thursday, including at the Tampa office at 4 p.m.  That letter, co-signed by 70 organizations throughout the state, chides the AG, accusing him of putting political expediency in front of being

In this spirit, we are disappointed in your decision to file a legal brief in support of Arizona's anti-American SB 1070 and encouraging the adoption of a similar bill in Florida. Some have speculated that you have put the priorities of your office second to your short-term political aspirations of becoming our next governor. As Chief Law Enforcement Officer of Florida, your primary duty is to "make Florida a safer place for our residents and guests."* Yet by engaging in this political posturing, you actually erode the integrity of police work, undermine public safety and divide our state. When you merge the role of law enforcement with immigration enforcement, victims and witnesses of crime are less likely to come forward, as shown in recent polling in south Florida. Ironically, the first casualty of the mistrust engendered by a Florida

version of SB 1070 will be the hard work of your own employees in the victim services, civil rights and economic crimes units at the State Attorney's Office. Our economy is suffering–with countless families losing their homes, our shores threatened by an approaching oil spill, and victims of crime looking to the State for help. As Attorney General, please help us to address the many challenges we face ahead, rather than harming and dividing us.

Most legal experts say the case could likely go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

After a federal judge  Wednesday blocked the most controversial parts of Arizona’s immigration enforcement law from going into effect, thousands of miles away, some Florida Republicans reacted with outrage.

Rick Scott, who owes a lot to Arizona's immigration proposed law, as it helped catapult him to the tops of all recent polls in the race for the GOP nomination for Governor, was predictably upset, saying:

“This type of ruling is a perfect example of why there is so much frustration with the political class in this country. It just doesn’t make sense for a judge to prohibit police from doing their job and asking people they arrest to show proof that they are here legally. The Arizona law is right and as I’ve said many times before, as Governor, I’ll bring the Arizona law to Florida.”

His opponent, Bill McCollum, expressed similar sentiments:

The Obama Administration continues its efforts to strip rights away from

our states, and we should all be very concerned about these repeated


"My office will continue to actively support Arizona in the legal fight

challenging this law. I will also continue working with Representative

Will Snyder, House Chairman of Criminal and Civil Justice Policy Council,

to draft legislation for Florida’s version of the Arizona immigration law

that will strengthen our immigration laws and give law enforcement

additional tools in combating illegal immigration."

The leading Democrat in the race, CFO Alex Sink, was ever so careful in her reaction today, chiming in with the Republicans traditional complaint that the federal government isn't doing enough:

“Regardless of the ruling on Arizona, the federal government needs to work with the states to crack down on illegal immigration.  A comprehensive immigration policy is the responsibility of the federal government.  Unfortunately, the federal government has failed to secure our borders and aggressively pursue a solution to illegal immigration.”

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