|Published:||Apr 29, 2010 2:53 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Apr 29, 2010 2:53 AM EDT|
COLLIER COUNTY - Residents are reacting to a controversial immigration law in Arizona.
It gives police much broader powers to ask to see someone's immigration papers. There's also talk of making that a law in Texas too.
In Collier County, deputies are allowed to ask for immigration papers if they believe the person has committed a crime.
Local immigration advocates say the policies are troubling.
"The idea of being able to stop anyone that you have a reasonable suspicion of not having documents is racial profiling," says Barbara Mainster, Executive Director of The Redlands Christian Migrant Association.
The R.C.M.A. Provides childcare and early education for about 8-thousand children of migrant farm workers throughout Florida. Mainster says it's virtually impossible for all of them to work in this country legally.
"There's no way to come here legally unless you have a skill no one else has, an employer willing to sponsor you and $5 thousand -$7 thousand. Plus, she says the legal agricultural program forces men to come here without their families.
"That's tearing families apart," says Mainster.
Mainster says immigration reform is needed, but not the kind in Arizona. Others disagree.
"Arizona has some serious border issues that needs to be straightened out," says resident Frank Zangari.
"We ought to see how it goes and maybe even try it here," says resident Greg Bee.
So far, there's no word of legislators bringing this law to Florida.