I was appalled to hear of Gov. Scott’s veto of HB 235, a bill that would have allowed DREAMers to obtain a driver license. These young people were brought into this country before the age of 16, have no criminal record and have much to contribute to our great state.
Nearly 70 percent of Floridians support immigration reform, and this bill was approved unanimously by the Florida Senate and passed 115-2 in the Florida House. This strong bipartisan support may be the reason why the governor waited for the shady seclusion of a quiet Tuesday evening to stamp veto across this legislation.
In the absence of a federal comprehensive immigration law, states such as Arizona, Alabama and now Florida have dealt with immigration issues in ways that are often oppressive, restrictive and morally reprehensible.
Now, more than ever, the U.S. House and Senate have the obligation to pass comprehensive immigration reform. I urge Congress to work quickly and efficiently toward a solution for our broken immigration system. Gov. Scott has now made it clear that many here in Florida can’t afford to wait much longer.