Freshman Sen. Marco Rubio is often billed as the answer to the Republicans' Hispanic problem. On his party's shortlist of vice presidential candidates, he is a darling of the tea party, represents the largest swing state — and as the son of Cuban immigrants, could make history as the... Continue »
Tea Party Manatee member Linda Neely drove to Tallahassee to push for the recent immigration bill to pass. And even though it didn't get approved, she hasn't stopped showing her support for the issue. Continue »
Last week, DREAMers and members of Florida's interfaith community came together to thank Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) for sponsoring the reintroduction of the DREAM Act. Continue »
Last week, Florida's business, faith and Hispanic communities came together to celebrate the defeat of Arizona-like immigration bills in the Florida legislature. They made it very clear -- they are done giving out free passes to Hispanic legislators that favor anti-immigrant bills. Yet, just a week after this defeat, Rubio... Continue »
The fact that Florida's state legislature will not advance Arizona-style anti-immigration legislation this year is a welcome development – and one that should puncture several myths that surround the politics of immigration. Continue »
Florida legislators adjourned Saturday without an agreement on a tough immigration bill sought by the governor and attorney general. The House refused to agree with a watered-down Senate version that was passed earlier in the week. Continue »
Today, after intense pressure from immigration advocates, Arizona-like immigration bills, SB 2040 and HB 7098, died with the end of legislative session in Florida. Continue »
For two days this week, Sen. JD Alexander sat behind his desk on the floor of the Florida Senate with a rosary draped across his laptop screen. It was a gift from one of the hundreds of immigrant children and their parents who for weeks visited the state Capitol... Continue »
When Sen. JD Alexander ran into a throng of ubiquitous immigration advocates in the halls of the Florida Senate on Monday, he made an unusual admission: He plans to vote against a provision in an immigration bill he has been tasked with handling but doesn't much like. Continue »
Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos wants the state's employers forced to use the federal government's electronic system for confirming new hires' immigration status, but a bill that may get voted on Monday may not include that provision. Haridopolos wants to make it mandatory that employers use the federal government's... Continue »