Fla. Gov. Rick Scott Backs Off Immigration Policy Promises

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott is backing away from his campaign promises to pass new laws that would crack down on illegal workers.

The first-term Republican governor said Wednesday that it's up to the federal government to develop some kind of work visa program that doesn't put Florida at a disadvantage. That's a notably different position from his early days in office in 2011 when he called for a state E-Verify program.

Scott signed an executive order on his first day as governor ordering state agencies to use E-Verify to determine if current or prospective employees are legal. It was also Scott's top priority in the 2011 legislative session, but Florida's Republican-led Legislature balked at passing immigration laws favored by the governor that some described as tougher than those in Arizona.

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  • by sunshine fortner Location: United States on Jun 20, 2012 at 02:40 PM
    I can see both sides of the situation. Illegals in the U.S. should be up to the federal gov. but on the other hand as govenor of FL, he should consider the people of the state. Rick Scott was elected based on his promises to the people therefore he should hold up to his word.
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