Republican candidates for governor Jack Latvala and Adam Putnam on Monday offered support for young immigrants and say Congress needs to act. Their comments come as President Trump is deciding the fate of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival, DACA.
“We must lead with a compassionate heart, not by punishing children,” Latvala said in a statement. “Florida is a diverse state and our economic success depends on a strong diverse workforce. If DACA ends in 6 months it will have a disastrous impact not only on hundreds of thousands of bright, promising young people but also on our business climate.
“Congress has dropped the ball on this issue like so many others. It’s time for Congress to pass a law protecting Dreamers. I call on other leaders of the Republican Party in Florida to join me in supporting these children so they can come out of the shadows and legally secure jobs.”
We reached out to Putnam and his campaign provided this statement from him:
“Our national immigration system is broken, and the federal government must fix it. We must secure our borders, end illegal immigration and rid our nation of sanctuary cities,” Putnam said. “But the children of illegal immigrants should not be punished for their parents’ wrongdoings. I am glad to see the President will allow Congress to develop a solution to replace Obama’s unconstitutional program.”
The Times has sought comment from potential GOP candidates Richard Corcoran and Ron DeSantis.
--ALEX LEARY, Tampa Bay Times