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Hispanic GOPers angry at McCollum



Miami-Dade School Board candidate Carlos Curbelo and state Rep. J.C. Planas to the chorus of Hispanic Republicans who sound disgusted at GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bill McCollum for proposing a controversial immigration law for Florida. (Read more background here.)

The conversation Thursday night on Mega TV's Maria Elvira Live echoed talk in the morning on Spanish-language radio, where listeners said they opposed illegal immigration but sounded wary of McCollum's plan.

On TV, Curbelo and Planas were unified in their opposition to the law, which would require police officers to verify a suspect's immigration status during all lawful stops, detentions and arrests when reasonable suspicion exists.

"Mr. McCollum is reacting to his opponent's strategy," said Curbelo -- who works as state director for Sen. George LeMieux -- referring to Rick Scott.

"It's like his principles change with the polls," host Maria Elvira Salazar added of McCollum.

"That happens with most politicians," said Planas, on his way out of the Florida House due to term limits. He said a law like McCollum's would be "a great economic failure for Florida. We need more immigrants, not fewer."

Patricia Mazzei, Miami Herald

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:19am]


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