Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 102008
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File Number: 102008 File Type: Resolution Status: Amended
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: NOT TO PASS IMMIGRATION LEGISL SIMILAR TO ARIZONA SB 1070 Introduced: 8/19/2010
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: 9/21/2010 Agenda Item Number: 11A12
Notes: SEE 110323 FOR FINAL VERSION AS AMENDED. Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE NOT TO PASS IMMIGRATION LEGISLATION SIMILAR TO ARIZONA’S SB 1070
Indexes: IMMIGRATION
  LEGISLATURE
Sponsors: Dennis C. Moss, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
  Katy Sorenson, Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 9/21/2010 11A12 Amended
REPORT: See Agenda Item 11A12 Amended, Legislative File No. 110323 for the amended version.

Board of County Commissioners 9/10/2010 11A27 Carried over 9/21/2010

County Attorney 8/19/2010 Assigned Martin W. Sybblis

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE NOT TO PASS IMMIGRATION LEGISLATION SIMILAR TO ARIZONA’S SB 1070

BODY
WHEREAS, during its 2010 session, the Arizona Legislature passed an immigration bill, Senate Bill 1070 as amended by HB 2162 (“SB 1070”); and
WHEREAS, SB 1070 requires immigrants to keep in their possession at all times documents verifying their immigration status and also requires that police officers determine the immigration status of a person during any lawful stop, detention or arrest by a state or local law enforcement official, if there is reasonable suspicion that the person is in the country illegally; and
WHEREAS, while the final version of SB 1070 includes language prohibiting racial profiling, substantial legal and political concerns remained related to enforcement of this new Arizona law; and
WHEREAS, members of the Florida Legislature have indicated there intent to file Arizona-style immigration bills for consideration during the 2011 session of the Florida Legislature; and
WHEREAS, such Arizona-type laws, if adopted in Florida, could prove to be divisive and lead to racial profiling;
WHEREAS, on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, a federal judge in Arizona blocked the most controversial parts of SB 1070 from taking effect, including provisions of the law that required immigrants to carry an alien registration document at all times; and
WHEREAS, in the Court’s opinion, “there is a substantial likelihood that officers will wrongfully arrest legal residents under the [proposed law,]” United States of America v. State of Arizona, No. CV 10-1413-PHX-SRB, 2010 WL 2926157, at *21 (D.Ariz. July 28, 2010); and
WHEREAS, the Court also stated that “[b]y enforcing [S.B. 1070], Arizona would impose a ‘distinct, unusual and extraordinary’ burden on legal resident aliens that only the federal government has the authority to impose[,]” Id. (internal citation omitted); and
WHEREAS, passage of an Arizona-type immigration law would not only hurt Florida’s economy, but would also be counter to fundamental fairness and deprive many legal residents of their individual rights,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges the Florida Legislature not to pass an Arizona-type immigration law.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit certified copies of this resolution to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade State Legislative Delegation.
Section 3. Directs the County’s state lobbyists to advocate against passage of the legislation identified in Section 1 above, and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the 2011 state legislative package.



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