Immigration reform package on hold until Tuesday at the earliest

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Saying the parties want time to work out the details, Senate President Mike Haridopolos told members the chamber would take up its immigration reform package (SB 2040) on Tuesday at the earliest, reports the News Service of Florida. The controversial measure has so far proven elusive, having split powerful sections within the Republican base over whether to crack down on workers who are in the country without proper immigration documents and the employers who hire them. Haridopolos said Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich approved of postponing action until Tuesday to give negotiators and staff more time to work out technicalities. A House poroposal (HB 1079) would allow law enforcemnt officers to ask for immigration status for suspects in crimanl investigations. The Senate plan has so far not included such provisions. Throughtout the day, worker advocates peacefully demonstrated at the capitol complex in oposition to the proposals.

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