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Republican Candidates Learn Nothing From Arizona, Support Similar Law for Florida

Newfound Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rick Scott came out swinging this week in defense of Arizona's anti-immigration law -- and taking a jab at primary foe Bill McCollum, who said three weeks ago the law was too "far out" for Florida.

"I think Arizona has its own unique problems; I don't think Florida should enact laws like this that are quite that far out," McCollum said on April 27, four days after Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the law critics said would task police with questioning anyone who could appear to be in the country illegally, leading to racial profiling.

"The law in Arizona for my purposes goes further than I would go. I would not do that."

But no sooner had Scott released a new radio ad praising the law then McCollum's campaign released a statement Thursday proclaiming Florida needed one just like it.

The explanation: The Arizona legislature narrowed its law on April 30 to restrict police questioning only to situations where they stop, detain or arrest someone, as opposed to the original law's mandate that they check the legal status of anyone they suspect while on-duty.

The law has already drawn lawsuits from cities within Arizona who claim it will be too costly to enforce, and repudiations from Los Angeles, where the city council wants to scrap contracts with Arizona companies in retaliation.

"I support Arizona's law as amended," McCollum said, "and if the federal government fails to secure our borders and solve the problem of illegal immigration, I would support a similar law for Florida."

Source: May 13, 2010 Orlando Sentinel

This may be a bit late in posting but I just saw a television ad where Scott promises to bring this law to Florida if elected
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