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Radio ads turn up the heat on immigration

A group of immigration advocates in Miami is turning up the heat on local lawmakers over an illegal immigration crackdown proposed in Tallahassee.

Starting on Wednesday, three organizations — Democracia Inc., SEIU Florida and America’s Voice Education Fund — will begin airing Spanish-language radio advertisements calling out two Miami Republicans, Sen. Anitere Flores and Rep. Carlos Lopez-Cantera.

The spots attack the legislators for “betraying Florida’s Hispanics” by “supporting” a pair of proposals moving through the state Legislature.

Lopez-Cantera, however, has said he is against a strict Florida House measure. So is Flores, though she is sponsoring a different version of the bill in the Senate.

“An anti-immigrant and anti-Hispanic law hurts, but it hurts much more when one of us supports it,” the minute-long ad says in Spanish. Flores and Lopez-Cantera are Cuban-American.

Critics liken the proposed legislation to a controversial immigration law approved last year in Arizona. The courts blocked parts of the law from being enforced. Proponents in Florida say that, absent federal immigration reform, the state needs to ensure the nation’s laws are followed.

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