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Miami-Dade Dems bash Rick Scott over DREAMer driver-license veto

@MarcACaputo

With all the talk of the crucial Hispanic vote in states like Florida, it's a surprise to some that Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a bill that gave temporary driver-license eligibility to so-called DREAMers (those higher ed-bound undocumented immigrants who are eligible to stay in the U.S. under President Obama's deferred-action decree).

Will the veto help, hurt or not make a difference to the 2014 reelection campaign of Scott (who's pinning his hopes on Florida's improving economy)?

Democrats are obviously trying to inflict some pain. Today at 11 a.m., Miami-Dade Democrats are holding a press conference to keep the issue alive. Some Miami-Dade Republicans (the party is overwhelmingly --72% -- Hispanic) have privately told us they're baffled by the veto of the bill that passed the GOP-controlled Legislature nearly unanimously.

Here's the Dems press release for the event featuring state Sen. Dwight Bullard and Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez.

This week, Governor Rick Scott vetoed a bill that would have allowed the children of immigrants who are not U.S. citizens to use a use a new federal form to obtain temporary Florida driver licenses. Only two Florida lawmakers voted against the bill, which passed the state Senate unanimously.

"Governor Scott's veto of HB 235 is unconscionable. DREAMers are kids who came to this country through no fault of their own, and the deferred action gives them an opportunity to study, work, and prosper," said Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Annette Taddeo-Goldstein. "By rejecting HB 235 — after overwhelming bipartisan support for a simple piece of legislation that would have allowed hundreds of thousands of dreamers to apply for a drivers license — Governor Scott has with the swipe of a pen displayed his blatant disregard for the most basic needs of Florida's immigrants."

 

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Jon

Is this the start of what Buchanon, Phyllis Schlafly called for last month? All out hate against Hispanics. Has Gov Scott decided to run for a different office than governor? Does he know what state he lives in? He would have to run and find a racist area of the state for House of Representatives. I'm not sure who in 2013, 60 years after 1953, would even consider racism and hate and fear as a way to win a modern election.

carla wissel

unbelievable tell the kids they can stay if theyre going to college but scott is a psycho grinch putting more obstacles in thier path. well this is one republican that wont vote for him. A latina with a german surname.

Dog

Gov Scott doesn't seem to realize that the undocumented have friends and family who are registered voters and we won't forget what he did to hurt the Dreamers.

Melody

Shame, shame, shame on him. He truly is a one term governor.

jamie

Rick Scott is single handedly the worst governor of any state in the history of the united states. Nobody has forgotten the tampa...miami...orlando bullet train that would have employed thousands for years paid for by the fed govt. Now he shows that he hates young people and immigrants. Im so glad his wrath ends next year. I have never trusted this guy. He has always seemed like a snake to me. This is more proof.

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