Three of Florida’s gubernatorial hopefuls got into a social media spat Thursday over immigration. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and House Speaker Richard Corcoran exchanged words over sanctuary city policies.
Politifact Florida recently ran a story evaluating a claim by Putnam that Gillum’s statements on immigration and President Donald Trump’s travel ban indicate the mayor wants Florida to be a sanctuary state. The fact-checking site rated the claim half-true.
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is using the controversial topic of sanctuary cities to drum up Republican support in his bid for governor. At a campaign stop in Jacksonville, Putnam warned voters that one of his Democratic opponents wants a statewide expansion of policies that prevent the deportation of immigrants in the country illegally.
Putnam sent out a tweet highlighting the finding and taking a dig at Gillum, stating that would not happen should he become Governor. And Gillum responded, effectively calling Putnam’s stance racist.
— Adam Putnam (@adamputnam) December 7, 2017
Half true & all racist is nothing to be proud of, Commissioner. I’m proud to stand up for all people - precisely what Floridians expect of their leaders. https://t.co/m71ZRO9ToF
— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) December 7, 2017
House Speaker Richard Corcoran added to the back-and-forth, claiming both men have supported policies that he says, amount to amnesty for undocumented immigrants.
Ironic to see a dust up between these two on immigration, since they’ve both supported #amnesty for illegal immigrants. Call it amnesty or sanctuary cities, both defy our rule of law and make the nation (and Florida) less safe. #TwoSidesOfTheSameCoin https://t.co/fLnTkHD5mX
— Richard Corcoran (@richardcorcoran) December 7, 2017
The Pew findings show the top employment areas for undocumented immigrants are agriculture, construction, leisure and hospitality.