In a sharply-worded letter to Senate President Mike Haridopolos and House Speaker Dean Cannon, Rep. Luis Garcia demanded Sen. Alan Hays apologize for what he called his ill-informed remarks at the Senate redistricting meeting earlier this week and, in a separate statement, Rep. Janet Cruz asked the he resign.
Here's the Garcia letter: Download Redistricting Ltr. to Senate President Haridopolos and Speaker Cannon
Cruz said: “It is essential that this process remain unbiased, fair and unprejudiced. It is evident now that Senator Hays cannot meet these qualifications, and Latinos in Florida should be concerned about their fair representation when the lines are in the hands of legislators like Senator Alan Hays.
Hays, R-Umatilla, questioned whether a new Hispanic district in Central Florida was justified and suggested that the state's voter identification laws, which a state of Florida driver's license or identification card, which in turn require three forms of identification. The population numbers used to draw the districts are dependent on the Census Bureau, which has historically undercounted illegals because few, if any of them, fill out the forms. Here is what he said:
"Before we design a district anywhere in the state of Florida for Hispanic voters, we need to ascertain that they are citizens of the United States," Hays said. "We all know there are many Hispanic-speaking people in Florida that are not legal. And I just don't think it's right that we try to draw a district that encompoasses people that really have no business voting anyhow."