TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Prominent Hispanic supporters of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum are decrying his proposed Arizona-style legislation on illegal immigration.
The law would require police officers to check suspected illegal immigrants' status during a lawful stop.
It would also require immigrants to carry legal paperwork or face up to 20 days in jail, and would impose stiffer penalties than what legal residents face if they commit the same crimes.
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Miami said she was disappointed and taken aback by the proposal.
Republican lobbyist and fundraiser Ana Navarro, who advised John McCain on Hispanic issues during his presidential bid, said she would no longer back McCollum's campaign.