January 15, 2016
HB 9 (Trujillo), which creates a state felony and increases the penalty for the illegal reentry of undocumented persons, was passed
by its second committee of reference, House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee, on Wednesday. FCCB Executive Director Michael Sheedy, expressed concerns with the bill in a
addressed to the bill sponsor and members of the subcommittee.
FCCB concerns include:
- Immigration is a federal issue, not a state issue.
- HB 9 prevents future opportunities to become legally documented.
- The Florida economy and prison systems would be burdened by incarcerating people who would otherwise be contributing to our economy.
Also on Wednesday, HB 675 (Metz) was passed (9-4) by its first committee, the House Civil Justice Subcommittee. This bill requires that local law enforcement agencies enforce federal immigration policy. Ingrid Delgado, FCCB associate for social concerns/respect life, expressed the FCCB's opposition during the committee hearing.
A great deal of public testimony was provided in opposition to both bills during their committee hearings.