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JD Alexander: I use e-Verify, and it's imperfect. And it's tough to find blueberry pickers

Sen. JD Alexander, the Senate budget chief now handling a controversial immigration crackdown proposal, told reporters Friday that he uses the federal government's e-Verify system.

A citrus grower, Alexander said he turns prospective employees away if they don't clear the system. But he did not give e-Verify a ringing endorsement. "It takes a while to really know the answer," he said. "It has the potential of being wrong."

"It's a fair amount of cost," he added -- about $20 per person that doesn't match. "It's fairly expensive."

Alexander, R-Lake Wales, also said he's short about 100 people to pick a blueberry crop. "For all the unemployment, there just are not folks who want to come out and pick blueberries," he said, for about $9 an hour.

The budget chief's concerns echoed those of the state's powerful agricultural industry, which has resoundedly opposed SB 2040. So have big business, Disney, some local and law enforcement officials and immigration advocates.

Alexander said he has still not figured out what to do with the bill, which Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, yanked from Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami.

"In a perfect world we would control our borders," Alexander said. But many undocumented immigrants, he added, have been in the country for decades. "It seems challenging to suddenly ask them not to be able to be here...I'm personally troubled by the broad net that could be cast."

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TheNoseKnows

How do I apply?

George Fuller

So Senator....What do you propose that would be legal?

Never complain unless you have a solution......

George Fuller

When the senator talks about not imagining illegal aliens being around to pick crops should tell you what he wants,,,,,,,,,

pick my crops and get outta sight......let the people in town educate you, medicate you and incarcerate you.....

I'm just a simple farmer.....yahoo!

George Fuller

"In a perfect world we would control our borders," Alexander said. But many undocumented immigrants, he added, have been in the country for decades. "It seems challenging to suddenly ask them not to be able to be here...I'm personally troubled by the broad net that could be cast."

A few comments if I may regarding the quote......

First, you need to legally identify who you are referring to. Opponents of immigration laws use the term "undocumented immigrants" to soften the impact of who the people actually are here illegally. In fact the correct Federal term is "Illegal Aliens". Alien is someone who is a non-citizen in the country. I'm sure you can figure out the other part.

Second, "in a perfect world" we wouldn't have a government or laws and have to listen to ridiculous rhetoric from talking heads like you. I can see you are from the Rodney King "Why can't we all just get along" camp but that is not what the real world is all about. Your job is to enact laws to protect us not lament in a feminine way about those who are here illegally. Are you aware many of those here illegally were encouraged by their own countries government to come here to take what they can and remit it back to their country? They look at us as being fools for allowing people to steal from us so easily.

You make the statement many illegal aliens have been in the country for decades. That is a great point. What political party has been in charge in Florida for the past 16 years and blocked every immigration bill to enforce the rule of law? Meanwhile, the latest study shows the net cost to Floridians to educate, medicate and incarcerate illegal aliens last year was $5.2 Billion. I estimate the costs just in the first decade of this century, due to inaction by members of your party including you, over $25 Billion. Why the silence about the hardship Floridians have endured?

Third, "it seems challenging to suddenly ask them not to be able to be here" gives me the impression you are not up to the task. What are you doing in the Senate other than protecting your own personal business interests? As Harry Truman said, "If you can't stand the heat...........

Fourth, "I'm personally troubled by the broad net that would be cast" and why? When illegal aliens sneak into the country they break our laws. When they use fraudulent documents to gain employment they break the law. When they accept work they break the law. Are you saying you condone criminal behavior if someone can get away with it for years?

When the citizens elect a candidate to represent them they expect the person elected to carry out their wishes. Would it surprise or change your mind about your quote to know the overwhelming majority of citizens of Florida (75%+) want strong immigration laws so they can be relieved of the burden to educate, medicate and incarcerate them? Many of those kids of illegal aliens you sat with the other day are kids the citizens of Florida are unwillingly having to educate.

I suggest you either lead, follow or get out of the way so people who are there in Tallahassee to protect the interests of the citizens, not illegal aliens, can do exactly that........finally!

Theone

Great comment from George Fuller. The US can no longer support Illegal Aliens. It cost our schools systems, our medical institutions, and our American way of life

fplatt

George Fuller had some very good points. But I would like to know if every business and Rich person in Florida is ready to stop hiring the illegal Aliens. Also, are Floridians and every other American, willing to pay higher prices for our food and services? If they are then you will see changes in the enforcement of immigration laws.

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