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Florida AG Seeks To Toughen Immigration Laws

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum. Chris O'Meara/AP hide caption

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'Florida will not be a sanctuary state for illegal aliens', says Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, who's proposing stronger anti-illegal immigration laws. McCollum, who's also running for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, says his proposal is similar to Arizona's law on illegal immigration, partially blocked by a federal judge on July 28. McCollum says he reviewed the judge's ruling and crafted his proposal to better face a federal court challenge. Last week, McCollum said Florida police officers already have the ability to check the immigration status of people they've arrested. He's right.