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Immigration bills dead, Senate chairman confirms



Bills targeting illegal immigration in Florida won't be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee this session, Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami, said Tuesday.

"None of the immigration bills are going to be heard," he said. "So those are off the table as far as the judiciary committee is concerned."

That committment from the Senate judiciary chairman makes the bills essentially dead.

Two pieces of legislation have been put forward to take action against undocumented immigrants to Florida, and both are currently stalled in Diaz de la Portilla's committee.

One (SB 872) by Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, would prevent so-called "sanctuary city" policies in Florida, requiring local law enforcement to hold undocumented immigrants if U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement indicates it might be interested in picking them up. Similar legislation passed the House last week.

The other (SB 118) by Sen. Travis Hutson, R-Elkton, makes it a first-degree felony -- punishable by up to 30 years in prison -- to re-enter the state after being deported.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 6:45pm]


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