Protesters Claim "We Are Florida" While Senate Passes Immigration Bill

By: Mike Vasilinda Email
By: Mike Vasilinda Email

Dozens of immigration protesters were ordered out of the Florida Capitol Wednesday 5-4 after they broke into song when legislation they dislike cleared the state Senate. Even with the passage of a watered down version in the Senate, the legislation's future is very uncertain in the House.

With little explanation,

"Requires statewide career centers to use e-verify."

And absolutely no debate, controversial immigration legislation cleared the senate. Protesters broke into song. When they would not be quiet, the sergeant at arms ordered them removed from the building.

"They're kicking the people out of the state. What's worse than that? You can kick us out of the capitol, it doesn't matter. But you're going to kick everybody out of the state?"

Outside the protesters consoled each other.

The removal raised thorny legal issues. Organizer Maria Rodriguez says protesters wanted to go back inside to try and keep the legislation from coming up in the state house.

"Whether it be through these walls or inside, we want to make sure that they know that this is a costly, non-solution."

"Because the immigration protesters are not an identifiable group and they change everyday, they will be allowed back inside the Capitol, but they will not be allowed anywhere near the state Senate chambers."

While immigrant coalition members lobby the house, time and procedure are on their side. The legislature goes home Friday night.

"Take them out of the building. We've asked them not to."

As uniformed police escorted protesters onto elevators, Daniel Barajas told us getting kicked out of the capitol was a small price to pay for what lies ahead.


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  • by Anonymous on May 8, 2011 at 08:34 PM
    We have 23 million unemployed people in this country according to some sources. 11 million are on the rolls getting unemployment. Now, remind me again why we should subsidize illegal aliens? It is not too much to expect people to be paid a decent working wage after they have paid their taxes, done a good day's work and be given first chance at employment over someone who sneaks over the borders and disrespects our laws.
  • by RJ Location: Ga. on May 5, 2011 at 03:07 PM
    Under the Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony, punishable by up to two years in prison. Immigrants who are deported and attempt to re-enter can be imprisoned for 10 years. Visa violators can be sentenced to six-year terms. Mexicans who help illegal immigrants are considered criminals. The law also says Mexico can deport foreigners who are deemed detrimental to “economic or national interests,” violate Mexican law, are not “physically or mentally healthy” or lack the “necessary funds for their sustenance” and for their dependents. We need Mexico's Immigration Law...
  • by Jeremiah Tattersall Location: thefinepriintuf.org on May 5, 2011 at 02:15 PM
    Wow. There's a lot of crazy reactionary people on here. I would of hoped that Juan Crow laws would not have such support in the South given our history.
  • by Juan Location: Quincy on May 5, 2011 at 01:31 PM
    These people like Proctor fear us because we work harder.
  • by Humanbeing Location: Tallahassee on May 5, 2011 at 01:04 PM
    What a bunch of ingnorant, angry people posting on here. Let me remind you, someone in your family was an immigrant at one time and came here for a better life. Oh or have you forgotten that. We all bleed red...
  • by iP4Rick on May 5, 2011 at 12:25 PM
    THEY are not Florida. They are illegal. WE ARE FLORIDA!! Legal citizens.
  • by SH88 Location: tally on May 5, 2011 at 12:24 PM
    Who else has noticed that every time one of the liberal tyrant protesters are asked "Why should illegals have the same rights as legal citizens?" they never actually answer the question? They beat around the bush, every time. Illegals are no welcome here, and anyone who defends their rights to be here are tyrants!
  • by Anonymous on May 5, 2011 at 10:09 AM
    Does this mean you'll be able to travel and work in south Florida without having to learn another language?
  • by Alligator Gar Location: Panacea on May 5, 2011 at 10:09 AM
    Blah, blah, blah. Poor ole illegal aliens, just being picked on by the bad ole boys club who don't want wholesale invasion and destruction of our civilization. Jeesh. Give us a break, eh? I've seen road crews around here go from Black and White to brown in 15 years time (thanks in large part to A/C). I've watched building cleaners go from Black and White to brown in the same timeframe. I've watched the hired help at large animal veterinarian clinics in the area go from Black and White to brown in the last 5 years (try asking one of these "holy, holy, holy, hardworkingHispanos" something about your horse that they are leading up from the paddock....No speekie Englais. Cr*p. Enough of this. I don't care who pays taxes or who has a job. This is just WRONG. What are the unskilled AMERICAN workers who had these jobs in the recent past doing now? Are they on welfare? Are they homeless? They WERE working and productive until they were REPLACED in their own country by GREEDY corporate employers with a FLOOD of non-English speaking invaders spewing anchor babies right left and center. Did you know in Mexico the average is 2.5 kids per woman? In the USA the Mexican woman has an average of 4.5 kids. How many kids do your Black and White friends put on the ground? Do the math! You are paying for your replacement, America. When is enough going to be enough?
  • by ll on May 5, 2011 at 09:58 AM
    if they do not like it GO BACK where you can from
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