Rasmussen Poll Finds Floridians Oppose Obama Suit Against Arizona, Want Like Laws Here

If GOP wins gov race, expect Arizona-style law in 2011 legislative session
By: Kevin Derby | Posted: July 12, 2010 5:00 PM

A new poll reveals Floridians are strongly opposed to President Barack Obama’s administration suing Arizona for its measures of cracking down on illegal immigration -- and want a similar law in Florida.

The Rasmussen Reports' poll of 500 likely voters across Florida found that 60 percent opposed the Obama administration’s legal challenge to Arizona, while 28 percent backed the lawsuit and 12 percent were undecided.

Both health-care executive Rick Scott and Attorney General Bill McCollum, the two leading Republican gubernatorial candidates, took Obama to task last week after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the lawsuit.

“President Obama proves yet again that he is not serious about dealing with the problem of illegal immigration,” said Scott. “He would rather punish law-abiding citizens for enforcing the law than deal with the illegal immigrants who are breaking the law.”

“As a result of the federal government’s failure to secure our borders, states like Arizona have had no choice but to take matters into their own hands and pass legislation to protect their residents and communities,” said McCollum.

The poll also found that Floridians want a similar measure to the one that passed in Arizona, with 62 percent favoring that type of legislation, 24 percent opposing and 14 percent remaining undecided.

That’s good news for a host of Republicans in the Legislature looking to pass tougher laws on illegal immigration. On Monday, Rep. Kevin Ambler, R-Tampa, who is running for a seat in the state Senate, said he would try to introduce an Arizona-style immigration law. Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, and Rep. William Snyder, R-Stuart, are looking to introduce a similar measure in 2011. Rep. Ritch Workman, R-Melbourne, has also been pushing an Arizona-style law for 2011.

These legislators could receive a boost if either of the two leading Republican gubernatorial candidates win in November.

“When I am governor, I will bring the Arizona law to Florida. Until I can help make that possible, we need to stand with Arizona in their case against the Obama administration,” said Scott on Friday.

Scott also said he favors tackling immigration during the special session.

“Taxpayers are on the hook to pay for the special session, Floridians should at least get some return on their investment with the passage of meaningful legislation and that is why I am urging the Legislature to pass an Arizona-style immigration law during this special session,” said Scott on the campaign trail Monday.

McCollum also said that, if elected, he will crack down on illegal immigration.

“As governor, I will continue to enhance the authority of Florida’s law enforcement officers and provide them with the resources necessary to crack down on illegal immigration and protect Florida’s communities,” said McCollum.

While a majority of Floridians support the Arizona law, a number of prominent Sunshine State politicians from both parties expressed strong reservations to it.

"I strongly oppose the recent immigration law in Arizona and will fight attempts to implement similar laws in Florida,” said U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek earlier in the month, who is running in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate nomination. “We need comprehensive immigration reform, not philosophy driven policies and patchwork solutions. The Department of Justice did the right thing in fighting this law."

"The Arizona law is neither fair nor practical,” insisted Meek. “It encourages police to question people who have done nothing wrong, and it does a disservice to people in this country who are employed, paying their taxes and are good citizens of their communities.”

Meek is not alone in opposing the law -- with several prominent Florida Republicans in agreement. Former Gov. Jeb Bush came out against the Arizona measure in a telephone interview with Politico back in April.

One Florida Republican in Congress who spoke out against the Arizona laws was U.S. Rep. Connie Mack. “There’s no question that our nation’s immigration policies are in dire straits,” said Mack back in April. “We all agree that inaction by both the Bush and the Obama administrations has compounded this problem and forced states like Arizona to take drastic measures."

“But the Arizona law strikes a severe blow to freedom and the principles that make our nation strong,” said Mack. “This law of ‘frontier justice’ – where law enforcement officials are required to stop anyone based on ‘reasonable suspicion' that they may be in the country illegally – is reminiscent of a time during World War II when the Gestapo in Germany stopped people on the street and asked for their papers without probable cause. It shouldn’t be against the law to not have proof of citizenship on you.”

The Rasmussen poll was conducted on July 6 and has a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percent.


Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com, or at (850) 727-0859.

Comments (3)

10:53AM OCT 8TH 2011
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7:08PM JUL 12TH 2010
Eric Holder inquisitor to President Obama has filed a federal lawsuit, to immobilize Arizona laws that would have promoted in cleaning out drug dealers, skin slavers and illegal aliens by the hundreds of thousands. Americans must stop the rampage and carnage in this border state, that has suddenly been illuminated by the Arizona policing law SB 1070. Governor Brewer has the majority of Americans on her side, whereas the Liberal progressives are trying to turn Arizona into a cesspool just like the Sanctuary State of California. So the resonating question is, if Arizona's law is unconstitutional, then how come they have not sent ICE and federal Marshals with a writ to crush the policies implemented in San Francisco and California as Sanctuary Cities? If this is not a brazen violation of Federal immigration law, then what is? Doesn't it say that aiding and abetting illegal aliens imposes heavy fines and imprisonment? Federal Immigration and Nationality Act
Section 8 USC 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv)(b)(iii)

These cities are not the only violators of this "Rule of Law" So how come the federal government is not putting in handcuffs, Mayor Gavin Newson and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other Mayors and Governors across the country? I guess when you have a big pile of Liberal extremist running the show, this law is quite computable with their ideology to run the US into the ground. It should be remembered that the administrations opened up this can of worms, that they should have left well alone? In November and any upcoming election the Tea Party and a giant slice of moderate conservatives, independents and even a few Democrats-Republicans, will be actively engaged in throwing out pro-amnesty politicians. Remember that those politicians in Washington and state level, along with Governors, Mayors and officials must be driven out of office, beginning with pro-amnesty Sen.Reid in the November primary election.


A KEY CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE WILL HAVE HEARING WEDNESDAY ON THE 'ETHICAL IMPERATIVE' TO PASS AN AMNESTY. 25 million Americans who want a full-time job cannot find one. But the leaders of the House immigration subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee is bringing in some big name preachers Wednesday to talk about the ethical need to give permanent work permits to 7-8 million illegal alien workers while refusing to open up the jobs for millions of unemployed Americans. These congressional leaders' misuse of religion to justify their greedy desire for cheap new labor and cheap new voters cries out for an immediate response. , START CALLING AGAIN FIRST THING ON TUESDAY MORNING.

It is so important that these callous Members of Congress know how repulsive their anti-U.S.-worker actions are to the electorate.

Call your Representative at 202-224-3121 and demand their support of the state of Arizona or see the door in coming elections. Get all the answers not lies at NumbersUSA.
Peter Theodoropoulos
11:24PM AUG 30TH 2012
My Aunt passed away because the Doctors said the operation was expensive. She was on disability. I can't help thinking if she were Hispanic if they would have operated and saved her life. My Wife who is on disability was in the hospital the treating doctor had her sent to Signature nursing home for at least 20 days or more if needed. When they found out we are both on disability she made a miraculous recovery and thrown out. I couldn't help notice all the Hispanic patients and that the majority of the staff spoke Spanish. Before I was injured I worked construction here in Florida. We worked on a multi million dollar clinic for Hispanics only. They could treat everything other than major surgery. The place is on Boynton Beach Blvd. and it is called Caridas Clinic. In more than 20 years I never worked on a free clinic for Americans.

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