MANATEE — State Sen. Mike Bennett is in the process of drafting an Arizona-style legislative bill designed to ensure immigration laws are enforced in Florida, and "to stop our government officials from turning a blind eye to illegal immigration," he said Thursday.
The Bradenton Republican plans to file the bill for consideration during the Florida Legislature's session next spring, he said.
Its provisions will be modeled after a controversial new Arizona law already facing a legal challenge.
The Florida version would allow police who make a lawful stop, detention or arrest, or while enforcing another law, to require information regarding citizenship if reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an illegal alien, according to the Bradenton Republican’s office.
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Additionally, it would permit law enforcement agencies to take illegal aliens into federal custody, according to Bennett’s office.
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