Published: Jan 10, 2011 10:31 PM EST
Updated: Jan 10, 2011 7:32 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A special panel to study the immigration issue is hearing from a variety of experts on the hotly debated issue and the impact it has on Florida.

The panel was told Monday that as many as 725,000 unauthorized immigrants live in Florida, three times more than resided in the state in 1990.

New Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi both favor tougher immigration laws.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida said Monday it opposes draft legislation that would require police to check the status of suspected illegal immigrants during a lawful stop, require businesses to check the status of new hires and subject illegal immigrants who commit crimes to harsher penalties than legal immigrants or U.S. citizens.

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