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Sarasota, FL: The City Commission of the City of Sarasota adopted a motion to support the Florida Compact at its February 7, 2011, Regular Commission meeting.

The Florida Compact addresses the following key principles:

1. Federal Solutions – Immigration is a Federal policy issue between the U.S. government and other countries – not Florida and other countries. We urge Florida’s congressional delegation, and others, to lead efforts to strengthen Federal laws and protect our national borders. We urge state leaders to adopt reasonable policies addressing immigrants in Florida.

2. Law Enforcement – We respect the rule of law and support law enforcement’s professional judgment and discretion. Local law enforcement resources should focus on criminal activities, not civil violations of federal code.

3. Families – Strong families are the foundation of successful communities. We oppose policies that unnecessarily separate families. We champion policies that support families and promote the health, education and well-being of all Florida children.

4. Economy – Florida is best served by a free-market philosophy that maximizes individual freedom and opportunity. We acknowledge the economic role immigrants play as workers and taxpayers. Florida’s immigration policies must reaffirm our global reputation as a welcoming and business-friendly state.

5. A Free Society – Immigrants are integrated into communities across Florida. We must adopt a humane approach to this reality, reflecting our unique culture, history and spirit of inclusion. The way we treat immigrants will say more about us as a free society and less about us and our immigrant neighbors. Florida should always be a place that welcomes people of goodwill.