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Good evening I'm -- -- the cultural melting pot of Florida may be about to jump into the political cauldron.
That is the fight over State's rights to enforce immigration law.
The state attorney general who's gubernatorial campaign has been struggling.
Says he wants a new law that is even tougher than the one in Arizona.
Correspondent Phil Keating reports about immigration policy and immigration politics.
Here's a look at what our law they're gonna -- the past couple.
-- we're better we're stronger we're tougher.
When it comes to rainy any illegal immigration Florida's attorney general and candidate for governor Bill McCollum says he has better Arizona's attempt.
And it's about time that people understood I support the -- of immigration law and in court defending its constitutionality.
And have now.
Joined with -- legislator to produce an even tougher -- the Florida bill requires police to check the status of suspected illegals who have been lawfully.
That was something else that requires all -- non citizen residents to carry documentation.
Were facing misdemeanor charge.
It makes it a crime for an illegal residents and try to get a job in the sunshine state.
And it requires Florida businesses -- first consulting national database to verify a new employee is legally here.
The Florida law goes further than Arizona's by giving judges and law enforcement more tools in dealing with the legal residents from bond through sentencing.
Well I think it's gonna really hurt the economy.
There could be boycotts of Florida just like they have been in Arizona.
Immigrant advocates as well as political observers also suspect the attorney general's timing.
With a thirteen days left to the Florida primary and early voting already under way.
I think a lot of it too is that it's an election year and people think they can score political points my life.
By introducing this kind of -- that lets face it.
So does McCollum Republican opponent former health care CEO Rick Scott.
Who polls show has a ten point lead Scott supports Arizona's law and has been hammering -- -- all summer long for not supporting it.
And -- zoning is tackling the problem of illegal immigration.
But Bill McCollum rejects the Arizona approach yeah.
So what's gonna happen here today it was Scott -- -- campaign desperate this race has been fascinating because my opponent just depends on.
-- I guess he must look at polls all the time at a site that was what views he's going to take.
As Phil Keating in Miami the democratic candidate for governor state CFO Alex Sink says Arizona's law does not fit -- his needs.
And in the general election that's where -- political analysts say this bill could come back to bite McCollum.
If it makes it that far with Florida's rich immigrant history dealing with illegals can be like walking on eggshells with that political issue.
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