Florida Governor’s Veto Slows Immigration Reform Progress

Rick Scott


Florida Governor Rick Scott.

Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott’s recent veto of a bill that would have allowed many young, undocumented aliens to apply for temporary drivers licenses is a sad example of an embattled politician trying to curry favor with a conservative voting block. In doing so, he simply does more harm to an already contentious debate. The irony is that Florida’s Republican-controlled legislature overwhelmingly supported this law.

According to a published report, the State House passed the bill 115-2 and the Senate 36-0. So a Republican governor then chooses to veto a bill supported by his own party? The new law would have helped those who are covered by President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy but Scott feels that the policy violated Federal law and thus his veto. Scott is following in the footsteps of notorious Arizona lawman Sheriff Joe Arpaio who could arguably be called one of the most blatant examples of anti-immigration sentiment. Arpaio is being sued by the US Department of Justice and faces a class action suit for racial profiling yet stubbornly claims to be doing his job despite this.

The President and many members of Congress are fighting to come up with intelligent immigration reform policies that would be fair to all and people like Arpaio and Scott are fighting equally hard to keep discriminatory practices in place. It would behoove all of us to support those who are working for reform. Scott faces a very tough election and with the right candidate opposing him, perhaps his days in office can end and reform can move forward, That is something to work for.

Photo courtesy blogs.browardpalmbeach.com



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