Florida Candidates Reach Out to Hispanic Community

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PENSACOLA, FL — Four years ago when Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan was asking the community to vote for him, he had a brief encounter with the editor of La Costa Latina at New York Nick’s in downtown Pensacola. At that time, he said that he intended on keeping the previous sheriff’s policy in only dealing with crimes and not getting involved in immigration detentions. Morgan went further to say that he had an idea that he wanted to take to the state governor to create a government issued resident identification card.

But at recent candidate debate held, Morgan was again asked about his stance on immigration, he has obviously had a change of heart. The recording of this response is posted here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GM9CgeiL8D A&feature=youtu.be.

“The issue from the federal government is as such that they have been pushed down to the local level and therefore we are supportive of Sheriff Arpaio and the state of Arizona in taking a very firm stand on the immigration issue. Why? Because it’s a local problem. You cannot legislate those particular issues from the Federal Government.”

Perhaps unaware that Escambia county clearly has fewer immigrants than four years ago when he claimed to have a more immigrant-friendly solution to the alleged “local problem,” Morgan now seems supportive of a state immigration law.

John Powell, a certified law enforcement officer brings 27 years of experience as a chief of police and FBI agent. Powell was also instrumental in arguing against the proposed immigration bill in Florida as a department secretary for the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The Florida anti-immigration bill did not pass in 2011.

“Immigration statues actually belong to the Federal Government. It’s their responsibility to enforce their statues,” was Powell’s response in the debate.

This year is one of the most important election years Escambia County Florida has had in a long time, and some candidates have made the effort to include the Latino community in their campaigning. La Costa Latina would like to introduce these candidates to readers…

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