Florida Immigrants Rally Statewide

By: AP
By: AP

Tallahassee, Florida - April 25, 2011 -

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Hundreds of immigrant activists and their supporters are organizing protests across Florida against two state immigration bills this week.

Some are gathering Monday evening in Little Havana. A group from
Clearwater is headed to Tallahassee to join a march by immigrant
children. On Tuesday in Tallahassee, growers and fieldworkers will
highlight the bills' effects on agriculture. A day later, Dream
Act-eligible students will target lawmakers.

The House bill authorizes local law enforcement to check
immigration status whenever they suspect someone is in the country
illegally and mandates employers use the federal E-Verify program.
The Senate version is more limited, but immigrants and business
still oppose it. Those who back the bills say something must be
done to address the failed immigration system and maintain
businesses are simply protecting cheap labor.


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  • by Bolillo Location: Wakulla on Apr 26, 2011 at 04:18 AM
    Wrong headlines!! Should read: FLORIDA ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS RALLY STATEWIDE.
  • by Surprise Location: leon county on Apr 26, 2011 at 03:24 AM
    We need Green Card Round Ups at these rallys? Don't have one get on the bus.
  • by Georgia Mom Location: Whigham on Apr 26, 2011 at 02:13 AM
    I think we all understand the reason most of the folks came here originally, most folks in the USA are of immigrant descent. The BIG issue that keeps getting pushed to the side is that the current situation is different because the illegal immigrants now (Hispanic, Asian, etc.) are not just coming in hopes of finding work so they can feed their families, they are coming to the USA so they can have a baby and get a check from the government (aka USA working taxpayers). They aren't fleeing to Columbia or Venezuela b/c there aren't any give away programs there. They are reaping benefits from a system they haven't got an investment in and instead of trying to become part of the USA and an American citizen, they want us to make allowances for them, learn their language and culture. The lobby for illegal immigrants is quick to call folks racist who think the law should be upheld, that is wrong. We are a melting pot but these folks want to move Mexico to the USA, they don't seem the least bit interested in becoming part of us/USA.
  • by RetiredMarine Location: Tallahassee on Apr 25, 2011 at 07:49 PM
    Good. No amnesty. Put'em all on the bus....
  • by Anon on Apr 25, 2011 at 04:14 PM
    Not only this but it is a known fact that the Mexican drug cartel controls the Southern border. And Obama sends the National Guard armed with guns that shoot bean bags to defend our border. What a joke.
  • by Carrie Location: Tallahassee on Apr 25, 2011 at 12:16 PM
    We were doing everything before the illegal immigrants came and there are legal immigrants here that have to work. We have people of all races here who are collecting a check while they are not working. There is no reason they cannot be cleaning up, picking vegetables, providing care services, etc. But we have a determined number of legal immigrants per year and anything over that cannot possibly be factored into a budget. I would be okay with them checking everyone for their legal status for as long as they need to until they can filter out the illegals.
  • by dog Location: gone on Apr 25, 2011 at 12:16 PM
    No sign of the I.N.S. someone should be FIRED. start with oboma and the progressives, for NOT enforcing FEDERAL LAW.
  • by lisa Location: SUWANNEE on Apr 25, 2011 at 11:47 AM
    WELL IF U WANT THEM TO LEAVE SO BAD THEN U DO SOMETHING TO MAKE THEM LEAVE!!!!!AND TO REALIST UR NOT REAL U R JUST RACIST LET SEE U START PICKING ORANGES AND PRODUCE AND DOING THE PINESTRAW !! THE ONLY REASON THEY R HERE IS TO DO THE JOB U ALL THINK U TO GOOD TO DO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LETS BE REAL U ALL R A BUNCH OF RACIST WHO THINK U KNOW IT ALL! WELL LET SEE HOW MUCH U KNOW!!!!!!!!!!
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      by Reagan Republican on Apr 25, 2011 at 01:30 PM in reply to lisa
      Lisa, you obviously do not know anyone who is having a tough time finding a job to feed their family. That is real and you need to open your eyes and see the problems that illegal immigration is causing to everyday Americans in Tallahassee. I will do my own pinestraw or hire an American to help me!!!
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      by Legal on Apr 25, 2011 at 02:31 PM in reply to lisa
      Lisa, this has nothing to do with racism. I don't care what race they are. The ones picking oranges and doing housework for people are being exploited. They are forced to work for less than minimum wage because they can't get a legitimate job. They need to enter the country the right way and the employers that use these people need to be put out of business.It is also unfair competition to businesses that only hire legals.
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      by May I Ask on Apr 25, 2011 at 07:58 PM in reply to lisa
      I know it's time 4 u 2 leave
  • by lisa Location: suwannee on Apr 25, 2011 at 11:40 AM
    well i dont wont to pay more for welfare and see these kids left behind with out fathers!you want to pay more for produce !!THEY DO MORE THEN PRODUCE U WILL SEE THAT THE AMERICANS DONT WANT TO GET UP OFF THIER LAZY BUTS TO DO THIS JOB THEY THINK THEY R WORTH MORE EVEN WITH NO EXPERINCE!!!!!!SO I HOPE U R READY FOR HIGHER TAXES TO BE TOOK OUT UR CHECK EACH WEEK TO TAKE CARE OF THE CHILDREN THAT R LEFT BEHIND!!!!!!!!!!!!
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      by May I ask on Apr 25, 2011 at 07:56 PM in reply to lisa
      R U A ANCHOR BABY OR A TEENAGER THAT LOVES 2 TEXT ?
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      by crystal on Apr 26, 2011 at 01:51 PM in reply to lisa
      u have a point if us hispanics werent here ppl would be starving. whites only like to get jobs were theirs an airconditioner n blackssmoke pot. i know not all blacks n whites r like that cuz lots of my friends are hard working (their from diff races)i jus dnt kno how ppl say they love jesus wen they cant even love each other? if u cant love someone else that doesnt look like u in color n shape then u cant love jesus.
  • by Alondra Location: Tallahassee on Apr 25, 2011 at 11:28 AM
    ''They Can't Deport Us All''!!!! 'People' Im going to say im not racist,if it wasn't for us Hispanic immigrants ya'll 'people' wouldn't have houses built, yards cleaned, fields will fall apart looking for people...so many jobs will fall apart so ''quickly'' then ya'll be in a really bad budget''!!! '' And should we leave! They are going to waste thier time trying too round us up!!!!
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      by Reagan Republican on Apr 25, 2011 at 01:25 PM in reply to Alondra
      Who do you think built houses, cleaned yards, ect before ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS sneaked across the borders? Americans built this awesome nation with sweat and tears and it wasn't an easy road!! You want to call America "home" but you don't want to build a great nation where you came from! This is a land of immigrants from many, many countries and you are sooo arrogant to demand that sneaks should jump in line in front of other hard working visa holding immigrants. You receive free education, free healthcare, etc. because you are in the shadows and you are taking jobs from other American citizens who want and NEED to work. You have a sense of entitlement attitude towards Americans and you try to bolster that attitude by using the race card and muffle disagreement. NO MORE.... I am speaking out because I see the problems illegal immigrants are causing to this great nation and are hurting people I care about.
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      by Realist on Apr 25, 2011 at 02:36 PM in reply to Alondra
      Alondra, We won't need to round you up. When the businesses start being required to check your status and you can no longer get work or financial assistance, you will leave on your own. All we need to do is start cracking down on these businesses. If a farmer hires illegals to pick produce in his fields, his farm needs to be taken away and he needs to go to jail. A few examples are all that we need and the rest will hire legals or do the work themselves.
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      by Ima on Apr 25, 2011 at 03:59 PM in reply to Alondra
      Guess again! We WILL get rid of you.
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      by May I Ask on Apr 25, 2011 at 08:03 PM in reply to Alondra
      R U 4 REAL. WE CAN AND SHOULD DEPORT AS MANY AS WE CAN, HOWEVER, UNTIL OUR HOPEY CHANGEY POTUS SECURE THE BORDER, U B RIGHT BACK. U HAVE ANY MATERS I CAN GET FROM U.
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