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Issue Position: Illegal Immigration

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The time for comprehensive immigration reform is now! Washington has sent a clear message the federal government has no intention of addressing this problem. If the Obama administration wants to continue the decades-long policy of inaction, the task of securing our country's borders must be taken up by the states. Understanding that "security" is the paramount duty of government, Arizona is leading the way in immigration reform. As an elected representative, I cannot allow Florida to become unsafe as a result of federal inaction. All businesses and taxpayers face the unfair burden of providing federally mandated services to illegal immigrants, and putting the brakes on this noncitizen entitlement program will save Arizona a considerable amount of money. In Florida alone, more than $3.5 billion a year is spent on health care and criminal justice for illegal immigrants. Given this, I think it is time for Florida to follow Arizona's lead. Our legislators cannot allow political correctness and misinformation to obstruct Florida's right to do the job the federal government refuses to do. When a person is found to be in this country illegally, they should be arrested, deported and sent the bill.


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