Immigrants Reform Legislation on Life-Support

By: Whitney ray Email
By: Whitney ray Email

Tallahassee, FL - A group of farmers, construction workers and gardeners packed the halls of the state capitol Tuesday, trying desperately to talk to lawmakers. The group carried American flags and wore stickers opposing immigration reform. After three fruitless trips to legislative offices, the group of 70 split into three, to make up more ground.

“At some point I know we are going to be able to meet with them. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but it’s got to be before they give a final decision,” said Brendy Gutierrez.

For seven weeks immigrants and their supporters have been protesting the legislation that would make being undocumented a crime and allow local law enforcement to check the immigration status of people under investigation.

Their tireless lobbying efforts are starting to be pay off. Republican lawmakers one by one seem to be backing away from the issue.

Most Hispanic Republicans now oppose the bill. Majority leader Carlos Lopez Cantera has spoken out against the legislation in the Spanish media, but is avoiding our cameras.

The protesters have made Senate President Mike Haridopolos their main target. They brought kids and coloring books to his office. We asked Haridopolos if he would stop the bill.

“We are going to look at that on Thursday in the budget committee and we are still debating exactly what will be in it,” said Haridopolos.

The protesters plan to stay through the week. They’ve raised more than 12-thousand dollars to rent buses and hotel rooms and have taken their kids out of school in an attempt persuade lawmakers.

A major issue playing against the protesters is promises made by Republican lawmakers and the governor on the campaign trail. They promised to pass an immigration law similar to Arizona’s. We’ll soon find out if protests are more powerful than campaign promises.

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  • by RetiredMarine Location: Tallahassee on Apr 30, 2011 at 05:26 AM
    How much money did Gadsden County spend to educate Nancy Romero out of an already overburdened and underfunded school system? She's just one of millions. If they're illegal send'em home. If you don't like it go with'em....
  • by ???? Location: Florida on Apr 27, 2011 at 05:54 PM
    We are humans to. If people here in Flordia think passing this law is going to make this place any better or if Florida people are afraid that we are taken your money then let me say siging this bill is going to make Florida even worser. They make take the imaagrants away but the people that stay behind is still going to send money to their family that was taken away. But hopefully they make the right choice because certainly we will recievce Florida people with our hands wide open in our contreys even though Florida people don't.
  • by GLORIA HERNANDEZ Location: United States on Apr 27, 2011 at 03:24 PM
    We, protest because we can, we live in a free country, We Immigrants serve this country as much as you do, We paid Social Security and Unemployment. We also paid taxes and report Income Tax and we don't received nothing back because we are not legal. What make you better human been than me. You because you are legal or me that I am not Legal. God Bless You Brother
  • by Dave Location: Indianapolis, IN on Apr 27, 2011 at 03:16 PM
    The only way we are going to stop illegal aliens from flooding this country, is to join the National or local Tea Party. Different administrations have failed the American people, by intentionally failing to build the--REAL--fence or enforce the laws on the books. More numbers than you can count of ordinary Americans are standing-up against our Tax and Spend government, the weak-kneed lawmakers, the Governors, Mayors and elected officials who are pandering to the illegal alien invasion forces. Both parties are full of corruption and rot, that will keep taxing you to support illegal aliens, which must come to an end now. Everyday great numbers of people are aligning themselves with the TEA PARTY. The dollar amounts are indescribable, that is being extorted from you by the IRS, to pay support for illegal immigrants. Any US citizen or legal immigrant can become a member.
  • by Drudge Location: tally on Apr 27, 2011 at 11:38 AM
    isn't it amazing how the left "uses" their kids...
  • by SH88 Location: tally on Apr 27, 2011 at 08:56 AM
    Being undocumented already is a crime! Illegals don't deserve anything! I'd really like another illegal to ask me for something again I'll give it a free boot print.
  • by Mary Location: Tally on Apr 27, 2011 at 08:07 AM
    If they cave on this issue, everyone of them that voted in favor should be recalled or impeached.The legal citizens of this nation needs to stand up and fight for our rights and tax dollars . How dare illegals demand anything!
  • by Jim Location: Gadsden County on Apr 27, 2011 at 07:42 AM
    "Lawmakers are starting to back away from immigration reform" People are crossing the US Border by the thousands. The strong central federal government is incapable or unwilling to address this problem. The states are left with burden of protecting its citizens and their way of life. Americans need to be protected. These illegals are not Americans, they are immigration law violators and some criminals. These illegals should not be sheltered or supported by the greedy people that benefit from their labor or by a party that sees them as a potential voter. You know who you are. These people should be detected and returned to their country until they comply with US law. Legislators you might want to check how the majority of people in your state feels about this problem. Does the Florida Legislators have the cojones to address this situation? Voters remember who backed away.
  • by Bolillo Location: Wakulla on Apr 27, 2011 at 07:15 AM
    Headline should read: "Illegal Immigrant Reform Legislation on Life - Support."
  • by anon Location: tally on Apr 27, 2011 at 07:02 AM
    This is unfreakingbelievable, true citizens and our military who's coming home can barely get jobs, and our state government workforce is more than likely going to take a huge paycut in one form or another, college tuition is going up, and yet our legilators are going to pander to the illegals, This makes absolutlely no sense. I can't believe this doesn't anger more people, obviously when gas and food reach astronomical levels and more people are forced to get part time jobs, you know the ones americans don't want to do, maybe then we'll see more legal americans wake up. God know the sleeping illegal giant is already awake, and taking away alot of awesome jobs our kids and disabled could be doing.
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