Florida Schools Monitoring for Hispanics from Alabama

By: Jim Turner | Posted: October 11, 2011 3:55 AM

A number of school districts across Florida have been advised to monitor enrollment numbers for Hispanic migrant families relocating from Alabama after a federal judge upheld that state's new immigration enforcement law.

Members of Florida’s Education Estimating Conference said so far they haven’t seen any influx in the counties bordering Alabama or in counties such as Osceola, Hardee and Volusia where migrant families may seek agriculture employment.

Ram Krishnan, conference education policy consultant, said because reports indicate families are leaving Alabama for a variety of places, and the total number of students withdrawn from class is less than 2,000, any increase to Florida would be a “trickle.”

On Sept. 28, Birmingham-based U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn backed the immigration law that allows state and local police to ask for residency papers during routine traffic stops and renders most contracts with illegal immigrants unenforceable.

The law, which went into place Oct. 1, also requires schools to find out for certain the immigration status of children when they register.

The last provision is what reportedly caused many parents in Alabama to pull their children from school on Oct. 1, even though nothing was expected to change for students already enrolled.

Alabama Department of Education stated that on Oct 3, 5 percent of the state’s Hispanic students didn’t show up for school.

Reports from national media outlets, including the New York Times, CNN and FOX News, say the families had dispersed to Texas, Tennessee, Illinois, Oregon, Florida, Arkansas and Mexico -- anywhere where migrant families could find work.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has called the law “the strongest immigration law in this country.”

Reach Jim Turner at jturner@sunshinestatenews.com or at (850) 727-0859 or (772) 215-9889.

Comments (10)

4:57PM OCT 14TH 2011
The large majority of illegal aliens are south of I-4........not in N Florida
Dave Francis
4:19PM OCT 12TH 2011

JOBS--the economy has everything to do with illegal immigration, and as more and more of these unfortunate people pour in from the borders or from across the world. The expenditure will keep rising for every US taxpayer, until Congress does something about it; it does no-way mean amnesty. We have the resources to stop this massive invasion, but neither party has relentlessly pursued it. President Obama had great intentions for a while, than fell off in the wrong direction. Only the TEA PARTY lawmakers in straw polls have openly spoke about the financial ramifications, while main GOP members remain silent, as do the Democrats. With 20 million citizens out of work, we as citizens and legal residents must insure that our borders are sealed and that internal enforcement is substantial. There are numerous laws moving through Congress, but the "Legal Workforce Act" has the power to slowly but surely drive the foreign workers out of the jobs, meant for our own people.

The Immigration Control and Reform Act (IRCA) mandates procedures for business owners to verify the employment eligibility of their workforce, but since the 1986 law it has loosely applied until our prior president George H.W. Bush implemented Pilot program called E-Verify in October 1991. The Congressional authorization for the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility confirmation for employees was to expire on November 1, 2008. Republican Senator Jeff Sessions introduced an amendment in 2009 that would have made E-Verify permanent and mandatory for all construction companies, although Senator Harry Reid did would not allow the bill to come up for a vote. Reid's contention was, “We need to do comprehensive immigration reform. We cannot do it piecemeal," In July 2010 a reporter In Las Vegas said, “When you go to the unemployment office there's many U.S. citizens who are unemployed--construction workers and they don't have jobs because right now, some of those construction companies find it easier to hire undocumented workers."

If President Obama’s “Job Stimulus” had passed in the Senate yesterday, one of its sections was the “Construction” projects. So who are the jobs going to, without the guarantee that Contractors and sub-contractors are going to hire labor—Americans and Green Card Recipients? Without federal programs as the policing LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT” Secure Communities, the 287 (G) unethical employers can still bypass immigration laws and they will for more profit. This is the equivalent circumstances of any company, which includes Farmers and the agrarian industries who are cheating US workers of jobs. We can remove illegal alien criminals and so called law abiding illegal’s at the same time?

Rep. Lamar Smiths “LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT” (H.R. 2885) HELP THE WORKING AMERICANS AND STOP THESE TRAVESTIES OF OUR LAWS. E-Verify will be a very successful supplement to stopping the illegality of people with foreign status from taking jobs.

The website NumbersUSA is the only outspoken, pro-sovereignty group, which identifies the grading records on a chart that is open to anybodies scrutiny. Below you can see next to every personage in the presidential election, their relative grade and the informational pressing issue of E-Verify.

There are two things that the average American can do, is by adding pressure to mostly the adversity of certain politicians. These reluctant politicians must be bombarded with your calls and free faxes, compliments of NumbersUSA. Contact Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH); House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA); House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) ; House Chairman of Ways & Means Committee Dave Camp (R-MI); & Members of the Ways & Means Committee. NEBRASKA, Rep. Berg, Rick (GOP) (202-225-2611) ; NEBRASKA, Rep. Smith, Adrian (GOP) (202-225-6435); LOUISIANA, Rep. Boustany, Charles (GOP) (202-225-2031); MICHIGAN, Rep. Camp, Dave (GOP) (202-225-3561) & (202-225-2031); KENTUCKY, Rep. Davis, Geoff (GOP) (202-225-3465); PENNSYLVANIA, Rep. Gerlach, Jim (GOP) (202-225-4315); KANSAS, Rep. Jenkins, Lynn (GOP)(202-225-6601); MINNESOTA, Rep. Paulsen, Erik (GOP)(202-225-2871); WASHINGTON, Rep. Reichert, Dave (GOP) (202-225-7761); WISCONSIN, Rep. Ryan, Paul (GOP) (202-225-3031) You can additionally contact your own local Senator or Representative or federal politician at 202-224-3121 and insist on E-Verify. Tell them that your voting will depend how you vote on E-Verify—NOW!

At this present Rick Perry (D-) endorsed E-Verify, but having his reservations, he also called building a 1,200-mile fence the length of the border “idiocy” Mitt Romney (C-) at the Conservative Political Action Conference that he supports an E-Verify system, along with Herman Cain (C-) who has qualified himself as a true TEA PARTY member. Michele Bachman (B-), Tea Party chairman believes employers should be required to check the legal status of people they hire with E-Verify. Rep. Newt Gingrich (D-) has not spoken explicitly about E-Verify; he has suggested that credit card companies should run a worker-verification program. Jon Huntsman (D-) said he would consider a requirement that employers use the e-Verify system to check the documentation of workers to ensure they're legally employable. Rick Santorum (F), called Mr. Perry “soft on illegal immigration” during the debate, in Orlando, Fla., and framed the issue as a burden to taxpayers. Gary Johnson (F) has also stated, “Enact an application and tracking procedure for guest workers, such as an e-verify system.” Finally Ron Paul (F), who has never answered how he stands on the Illegal alien alerter E-Verify, as he is more interested as it stands on Privacy rights.

Attn: Not all of the thousands of TEA PARTY groups are of the same voice relating to the Presidential contenders. The ad being shown on TV is not the main definition of any particular candidate of any member yet? Not all TEA PARTY branches are supporting Governor of Texas Rick Perry. The TEA PARTY—is the American people—of every color, race and religious faith. Everybody qualifies to be a member, as long it entered the United States legally. THE TEA PARTY stands with Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Indiana and other state policing laws, to save these individual states—ECONOMIC –illegal migrants and immigrants expenditures forced on them by unfunded mandates. The Tea Party will battle against any amnesties or any illegal immigration covert programs.
7:57PM OCT 14TH 2011
Lamar Smith has HR 2885 that deals with nabdaotry e-verify but it contains in Section 6 a clause to pre-empt state immigration law.......so if the feds pass and then does not enforce e-verify states would be powerless to do anything......

A bill i think that could solve the immigration problem without mandatory e-verify is H.R. 98. The bill would require, if passed and into law, every person looking for employment go to the SS office, turn in their old SS card, and get a new card with their picture and pertinent data on it.......

This would end fraudulent documents ........

The bill will never be passed because it is too simple and solves the illegal alien employment problem.
5:04PM OCT 14TH 2011
Well said!
pinkus fingerhut
4:04PM OCT 11TH 2011
my guess is their stampeding towards california, there have been media reports of caravan's with mexican looking people white knuckled on their steering wheels heading west ther also have been reports of empty hefty bags swirling around major highways.
7:13AM OCT 11TH 2011
As far as any increase of students from Alabama only being a “trickle”, it's still an extra burden and the money will have to be taken from somewhere else. Plus, as other state's enact laws to crack down on illegal immigration, that trickle could become a river. All the more reason Florida needs to get going on our own laws to crack down on it- lest we become a sanctuary state.
5:07PM OCT 14TH 2011
We are already a de facto sanctuary state....30 immigration bills defeated in the last three years......by REPUBLICANS......
10:52AM OCT 11TH 2011
The state education system is funded by state tax payers. Meaning for those who own homes, property taxes; those who rent will see it in their rent; in utilities, and of course sales tax. I would like to know how you think that illegals are getting out of paying sales tax on the things they buy? If they are not then they are by definition tax payers, and are paying for having children in schools, more residents will mean more money from a variety of taxes for the state, will it not?
5:01PM OCT 14TH 2011
Half of my property taxes go to Education.....A study by Fair shows the avg household pays over $1100 a year to educate,medicate and incarcerate illegal aliens......

But.....let's get one thing straight......it ain't about the money.......the bottom line illegal aliens living here are all criminals......from crossing the border to applying for a job to going for welfare to using fraudulent docs........
12:32PM OCT 11TH 2011
"I would like to know how you think that illegals are getting out of paying sales tax on the things they buy?"

I never stated illegals get out of paying sales tax. But even if you add the total they pay in sales taxes in one year AND add it up with the school tax portion of the homeowner they rent from, I doubt it would cover what the state pays to educate one child- let alone two or three or more.

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