Florida Atlantic University’s student government has decided to enter the controversial debate about immigration reform.
Student government officials have passed a resolution opposing SB-1070, Arizona’s immigration bill. While it may seem like Arizona is a bit outside the jurisdiction of anyone at FAU, it could have ramifications in Florida. State Rep. Bill Snyder, a Republican from Stuart, has proposed a similar bill, which would give local law enforcement a bigger role in enforcing immigration laws.
Critics fear it could lead to racial profiling.
“The passage and enactment of such a law in the state of Florida would cause tension and fear among Hispanics and other minority groups because of the vagueness of what is a ‘reasonable suspicion’ of being an undocumented immigrant, “ the bill states.
Student government House Speaker Boris Bastidas said, “Our intention was to bring to light the controversial racial profiling provisions of the law, and how we knew students who were strongly opposed and fearful of such a law being implemented” in Florida.
The resolution will be sent to Gov. Rick Scott and a number of other high-ranking state officials.