Issue Position: Immigration

Issue Position

Date: Jan. 1, 2014
Issues: Immigration

Few places symbolize the American immigrant dream like Florida does.

People have been coming to Florida for generations for a shot at a better life and a chance to live in paradise. Today, we are one of the most diverse states in the nation, and that diversity gives us a competitive edge. We must do more to encourage talented people to call Florida home.

While Florida cannot set national immigration policy, there are many things we can do as a state.

Helping the DREAMers

We must immediately pass legislation that allows the children of undocumented parents to attend Florida colleges and universities at in-state tuition levels. It simply isn't fair to punish children of undocumented parents.

Furthermore, Governor Scott should have signed the law allowing these students to receive legal drivers licenses. This law would have allowed them to continue receiving their education and would help make our roads safer.

Lastly, we should continue to encourage educational exchanges that bring the world's brightest students on the areas of science and technology to Florida universities.

Keeping Florida's Doors Open

Governor Scott supports and pushed for Florida to create an Arizona-style immigration law of racial profiling. This law could put many law-abiding citizens at risk, and would be the same as putting a "closed" sign on the state's doorstep.