MIAMI (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he believes the state will pass an immigration law in 2012, despite failing to reach a consensus on the issue this year.
Scott told The Associated Press Friday he wants local law enforcement to ask those they arrest whether they are in the country illegally.
Federal law already requires local law enforcement check the fingerprints of those they arrest against U.S. immigration databases.
In January, Scott ordered state agencies and their contractors to use the federal E-verify system to check work eligibility of new hires. Agriculture and hospitality industry leaders who opposed expanding that requirement helped derail attempts to pass an immigration law last session.
Scott said he would review the results of the current programs before deciding whether to push to make E-verify mandatory.
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