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.
"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."