The answer to the mystery of FS 448.09 is …..

The story starts 11 years ago when Florida enacted an immigration enforcement law to prohibit the hiring of illegal aliens within the state.   Hint: the statute imposes $500 civil fines for a first offense and levies a second-degree misdemeanor for a second offense.
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While there was some initial activity with FS 448.09, the law lingered unused until…..
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in 2007 along comes Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen who attempted to use the law but was advised not to do so in an informal ruling from then Attorney General McCollum.  Then….
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in about 2008 FLIMEN became aware of FS 448.09.  FLIMEN Legislative Director Jack Oliver called Sheriff McKeithen who provided McCollum’s ruling to FLIMEN.  FLIMEN concurred with McCollum’s ruling that the law is unenforceable and then …
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in 2010 FLIMEN advised Representative Gayle ‘Champion of Citizens’ Harrell that the state should consider removing the unused and unenforceable statute.  Representative Harrell initiated the removal process which…..
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caused Florida Department of Law Enforcement General Counsel Michael Ramage during the second Florida Senate Immigration on January 24, 2011 to testify at great length as to the history and to speculate as to why the law has not been enforced.  However, Mr. Ramage failed to mention Attorney General McCollum’s 2007 ruling.  His testimony…
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received rather wide-spread coverage from the lame stream newspapers with the Miami Herald relaying the speculation as to why the law was not enforced as; ‘”There’s probably little time and little resources for law enforcement to proactively go and scope out employers and see if they’re in violation of this law,” Ramage speculated.’   Finally….
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Sunshine State News reporter Kenric Ward spread some sunshine as to the real reason why since 2007 the law has not been enforced.  The answer is at:

http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/mccollum-shut-down-immigration-raids

as well as at http://www.FLIMEN.org/FloridaStatute448-09.htm which has been posted for several years.

January 28, 2011

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