Immigration bill up on Monday

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Anticipating action on an immigration package, Senate Rules Committee Chairman John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, added the Senate? measure (SB 2040) to the special order calendar for Monday, reports the News Service of Florida. The bill, the sponsorship of which was transferred earlier this week from Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, to Sen. JD Alexander, a citrus grower from Lake Wales, has been bottled up following staunch opposition for immigrant advocates, and the state? largest business and agricultural interests. Senate President Mike Haridopolos told reporters Friday that he expects the Senate package to include E-Verify provisions for employers, deporting illegal immigrants after they complete their sentences and requiring recipients of state social services to verify their immigration status.

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