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FactCheck: Supports E-Verify, but not racial profiling

Lopez-Cantera was accused by Democrats of "voicing enthusiastic support for bringing an Arizona-style immigration law to Florida, calling the measure 'common sense.' " Is it true?

The 2010 Arizona law allows police to verify immigration status during other police stops. Lopez-Cantera said about the AZ bill in 2010, "I am concerned that this could jeopardize civil liberties."

In 2011, legislators introduced the Florida Immigration Enforcement Act--not identical to Arizona's law, but for immigrant advocates the legislation raised fears that it would increase racial profiling. Lopez-Cantera said, "This common sense legislation is designed to preserve employment opportunities through the use of the E-Verify system." Lopez-Cantera didn't vote on the bill.

He did voice support; he did call it common sense. But the Democrats cherry-picked one statement Lopez-Cantera made in favor of the bill while ignoring multiple statements he made opposing it. We rate the claim Mostly False.

Source: Tampa Bay Times PolitiFact.com on 2016 Florida Senate race , Jul 26, 2015

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