Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum has proposed immigration legislation against illegal immigration that could become the toughest in the United States.
The proposal would require police to check a suspected illegal immigrant's status while enforcing other laws.
The BBC reports the proposal is similar to a disputed law introduced in part in Arizona.
A federal judge in Arizona last month issued a temporary injunction blocking elements of that law from coming into effect - including a requirement that police check the immigration status of suspected criminals.
Enforcement officials in Florida are currently allowed to check a person's immigration status, but are not required to as they would be under the proposed new law.
The legislation would also require Florida businesses to use a verification system to ensure new employees are legally authorised to work and increase penalties for illegal aliens who commit crimes in
A statement issued by Mr McCollum's officealso says illegal aliens would face increased prison terms in Florida under the revised legislation.
The BBC reports Florida is a migration hub for immigrants from the Caribbean and Latin America.
Mr McCollum is a Republican running for governor. He said at a event on Wednesday he thought Arizona was "going to want this law".
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