FL: Is Rick Scott bucking the party line on immigration or faced with realities of office?

By Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog

TAMPA— It seems that after 17 months in office, Gov. Rick Scott is ready to change his mind as to what constitutes immigration reform.

Surrounded by reporters after addressing the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials inOrlando on June 22, Scottexpressed a much more pragmatic approach to dealing with immigration than was heard in his initial election campaign.

“Number one, the federal government needs to have a national, secure borders. Two, have an immigration policy that everybody understands – Americans and people who come to our country. Three, we need to make sure we have a work-visa program that doesn’t put Florida businesses at a disadvantage,” said Scott.

In appealing to the conservatives of the tea party firebrand in 2010, he promised E-Verify programs statewide to assure that suspected undocumented immigrants weren’t getting jobs in the Sunshine State.

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