Published: May 03, 2011 6:16 PM EDT
Updated: May 03, 2011 3:16 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE (AP) - National civil rights and Latino groups are monitoring the Florida legislature's immigration debate and say they're weighing a boycott of the Sunshine State depending on what lawmakers finally pass.

During a conference call Tuesday, the National Council of La Raza and other groups said they are discussing the issue with their members and want to be careful not to hurt the very people they represent. A quarter of Floridians are Latino, and many are immigrants.

The Florida Senate is set to vote Tuesday on an immigration bill encouraging local law enforcement to check the status of those arrested. It would also require employers to follow stricter procedures when checking whether a new hire is eligible to work in the U.S.

A tougher version of the proposal has passed the House.

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