Poll shows majority of Floridians think immigration laws too lenient

On Wednesday, three separate organizations, including the SEIU of Florida began airing Spanish-language radio ads calling out Flores, as well as Representative Carlos Lopez-Cantera, accusing them of betraying "Florida's Hispanics" for supporting such legislation.

Flores has been criticized by other Latinos that CL has spoken with in recent weeks about her bill.

Organizations representing businesses in the state, such as the Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Florida, have been outspoken in their criticism of any and all bills moving in the Legislature on immigration.


Although they've been receiving significant pushback from business interests in the state, a new poll on Floridians attitudes about immigration laws just published should make Miami Republican state Senator Anitere Flores a little more confident this Thursday.

The Suffolk University poll finds a bare majority (51 percent) support an Arizona like immigration bill. 33 percent oppose it, while 8 percent give the Goldilocks response - that the laws currently on the books are just right.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the bill is much less popular amongst blacks and Latinos than among white voters. Suffolk interviewed 600 registered voters last week.

Flores is sponsoring a bill in the Senate that would mandate that police check the immigration status of prison inmates, and would give employers "wiggle room" (to quote the Miami Herald/St.Pete Times) for employers on how to determine if employees are legally allowed to work.

It's less harsh than a House bill sponsored by Republican Will Snyder, which would require police to check the immigration status of a person who is subject of a criminal investigation if there is “reasonable suspicion” that the person might be undocumented. Employers would be mandated to check employees’ immigration status, though E-Verify. Senate President Mike Haridopolos has said he wishes Flores would put E-Verify back in her bill.

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