Fla. bill takes a crack at illegal immigration

It would, among many other provisions, require collecting immigration status in hospitals.
FILE – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to a crowd at Adventure Outdoors gun store, Thursday, March 30, 2023, in Smyrna, Ga. DeSantis, who is widely expected to announce a campaign and is seen as former President Donald Trump’s top rival, accused prosecutors of stretching the law to target an opponent. But his remarks came a week after DeSantis took a shot at the tawdry circumstances underlying the case when asked to comment on it. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

The Florida Senate is set to consider a sweeping bill to combat illegal immigration, in hopes that it will spur other states to follow suit and force the federal government to finally pass comprehensive legislation.

The bill, which the chamber could take up as soon as Thursday, would make it a felony to transport five or more undocumented persons, require collecting immigration status in hospitals, and no longer allow recognition of out-of-state driver’s licenses provided to undocumented people.

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