Tallahassee (January 10, 2011) – FIU Law Professor Ediberto Roman offered testimony today to the Florida Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by State Senator Anitere Flores, as it kicked-off the first of three likely sessions on immigration issues impacting Florida.
Below are excerpts of Professor Roman’s testimony as captured by the Florida Press Corps:
Florida International University law professor Ediberto Roman, an immigration expert, told the committee that an Arizona-style immigration law would not work in Florida. He said such a law would probably be struck down by federal courts and it could hurt the state’s valuable tourism industry.
“Florida’s population is much different than Arizona’s,” Roman said. “The economy thrives on foreign tourists.”
Roman said Florida legislation would likely suffer the same fate as the Arizona statute. U.S. District
Judge Susan Bolton struck down most of the Arizona law, including a provision requiring police to check
on immigration status, saying it is unconstitutional because it usurps federal authority.
“It would be an unworkable system to have a variety of states with different immigration laws,” Roman
said. “If we follow Arizona’s law, the efforts of local law enforcement would be wasted.”
Florida International University College of Law is South Florida’s publicly supported law school. The Princeton Review ranks FIU as one of the nation’s most welcoming schools for diverse students and Hispanic Business has ranked FIU among the top ten law schools for Hispanics. The National Jurist ranks FIU among the top ten schools in the country for best value in legal education. FIU’s faculty continues to gain national prominence, most recently recognized by the Sisk Report as 3rd in Florida for Faculty Scholarly Impact. Unique among law schools, FIU places particular emphasis on integrating international law into every aspect of its curriculum.