Florida state senator’s call to check citizenship of Hispanic voters draws fire

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Keep it up R's, we'll be waiting with open arms for all the new Dems.

TALLAHASSEE -- A state senator’s comments ignited a fierce rebuke from his colleagues Thursday when he said that voters should be screened for citizenship before legislators draw a congressional district to favor Hispanics.

Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, rekindled the divisive debate over illegal immigration when he told the Senate committee reviewing a series of congressional redistricting plans that “before we design a district anywhere in the state of Florida for Hispanic voters, we need to ascertain that they are citizens of the United States.

"We all know there are many Hispanic-speaking people in Florida that are not legal,’’ he said. “And I just don’t think it’s right that we try to draw a district that encompasses people that really have no business voting anyhow,” he said.

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Florida will receive two additional congressional seats because of its population growth in the last 10 years that, according the U.S. Census data, was largely fueled by the surge in the state’s Hispanic population. Hays made the comments in response to a proposal being considered by the Senate Reapportionment Committee that would create a Hispanic-majority district in Central Florida, where the Puerto Rican population has exploded.

Cruz pointed out that Puerto Ricans are American citizens at birth.

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  • Anonymous

    Floridian Hispanics would be a Cuban stronghold I'd expect.  
    Expat Cubans are notorious GOP bed partners.
    Additionally, Hispanics would prove a vital voting block when abortion enters the equation.

    I honestly cannot see why GOP operators are trying to force every Hispanic voter through the illegal alien lens.  Hispanic voters are citizens, and are not necessarily in favor of "open borders".

    But while the GOP is a party of idiots, Dems are a feckless lot without a spine, present company excepted.

  • HarborGuy

    Start with Rubio!!!!!!!