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A Senate prayer with underlying immigration tones

The Rev. Brant Copeland of the First Presbyterian Church of Tallahassee have the morning prayer on the Senate floor Tuesday, invited by Sen. Evelyn Lynn, R-Ormond Beach, and made an allusion to the controversial immigration bill coming before the Senate later in the day:

"For teachers and first responders, for state workers and helpers of the disabled, for those who pick our crops and provide food for our tables..." Copeland said. And of lawmakers: "Open their eyes to reasonable arguments...Open their ears to the cries of the children...Work together for the good of all the people of Florida."

Copeland spoke in a news conference Monday on behalf of the Florida Council of Churches against SB 2040, saying religious leaders encourage empathy, keeping families together and helping the poor.