Florida's Governor backs away from tough immigration law

Florida governor softening stance on E-Verify

Published On: Jun 21 2012 05:25:55 AM EDT   Updated On: Jun 21 2012 05:26:10 AM EDT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is backing away from his campaign promises to pass new laws that would crack down on illegal workers.
The first-term Republican governor said Wednesday that it's up to the federal government to develop some kind of work visa program that doesn't put Florida at a disadvantage. That's a notably different position from his early days in office in 2011 when he called for a state E-Verify program.
Scott signed an executive order on his first day as governor ordering state agencies to use E-Verify to determine if current or prospective employees are legal. It was also Scott's top priority in the 2011 legislative session, but Florida's Republican-led Legislature balked at passing immigration laws favored by the governor that some described as tougher than those in Arizona.