Florida may be giving Arizona a run for its money when it comes to cracking down on illegal immigration. According to a 2008 Pew Hispanic Center report, the Sunshine State ranks third in unauthorized immgrants, behind California and Texas. Now some state lawmakers are trying to pass legislation to change those numbers in a big way.
This week, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum (also a Republican gubernatorial candidate) announced his proposed bill, which would require immigrants to carry documentation or face 20 days in jail. State Senator Paula Dockery has a less severe proposal. She is the co-sponsor of three bills – one of which requires law enforcement to check the legal status of people they detain for traffic or criminal violations using the government's E-Verify system.
Dockery believes, out of the three bills she is proposing, the "E-Verify Bill," is "the most similar to the Arizona-type bill." Dockery says, "If businesses can access E-Verify, law enforcement can."