Rick Scott Doesn't Want Undocumented Immigrants' Kids to Have Drivers Licenses
"TAKE THE BUS, JOSE! NYAA!"
Sorry kids of undocumented immigraaants. You're just gonna have to hitchhike to get to class on time. Thanks to Governatron Rick Scott, who vetoed the "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" bill, which would have allowed you to have a temporary Florida driver's license.
The measure would have given "approved application for deferred status," and was not actually any sort of path to citizenship in any way. It even plowed through the Florida legislature fairly easily, earning a 115-2 vote in the House and a 36-0 vote in the Senate.
But Scott, he of Supreme Veto Power and also the power to turn any dissenter into a toad, threw down his veto-powers and said NEIN! to the bill. So why did Scott kill the bill while simultaneously Human Torch-ing the Hispanic vote?
"Deferred action status is simply a policy of the Obama administration, absent congressional direction," Scott wrote in a statement explaining his reasons.
"Although the Legislature may have been well-intentioned in seeking to expedite the process to obtain a temporary driver license, it should not have been done by relying on a federal government policy adopted without legal basis."
Basically, Scott crushed the bill under foot (and then ate it, probably), because it was an Obummer policy without any legal backing.
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"Rick Scott continues to alienate and discriminate against thousands of undocumented immigrants," said Florida Democratic Party spokesman Joshua Karp. "Instead of joining the Legislature's near-unanimous consensus . . . [he] imposed his rigid ideology on Floridians -- to the detriment of the young immigrants who are Florida's future."
So now Scott, who is up for re-election in 2014, probably won back some of the Teabagger folks who bailed on him when he moved closer to the center.
Because them dirty Mexican kids can just take the bus MURICA!
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