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Amid protest, Senate revises immigration bill



A Florida Senate panel tinkered with a contentious immigration proposal Monday, speeding through a hearing on the bill without allowing most immigration advocates who had traveled to the Capitol in protest to speak.

The changes made by the Senate Judiciary Committee eased the requirements on local law enforcement to try to enforce federal immigration laws. Opponents of the bill had likened the mandates to an immigration crackdown in Arizona, which they say opened to door to racial profiling.

More than 100 activists, immigrants and their young children from Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Pasco counties packed the meeting to testify against the bill by Sen. Anitere Flores, a Miami Republican.

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[Last modified: Monday, April 4, 2011 9:15pm]


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