Florida Governor Rick Scott softening stance on E-Verify

9:51 AM, Jun 21, 2012   |    comments
Florida Gov. Rick Scott
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +
  • FILED UNDER

 


 


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is backing away from his campaign promises to pass new laws that would crack down on illegal workers.

The first-term Republican governor said Wednesday that it's up to the federal government to develop some kind of work visa program that doesn't put Florida at a disadvantage. That's a notably different position from his early days in office in 2011 when he called for a state E-Verify program.

Scott signed an executive order on his first day as governor ordering state agencies to use E-Verify to determine if current or prospective employees are legal. It was also Scott's top priority in the 2011 legislative session, but Florida's Republican-led Legislature balked at passing immigration laws favored by the governor that some described as tougher than those in Arizona.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Most Watched Videos