Florida’s new immigration law causes fear and exodus of undocumented workers

In Florida, the entry into force of the new immigration law has generated a climate of fear and desolation among undocumented workers and the immigrant community in the state.

This legislation, known as SB 1718, has provoked protests and demonstrations in towns such as Jupiter and Lake Worth Beach, where dozens of people have taken to the streets to express their rejection and concern for the measures implemented.

Impact on the economy and the workforce

Florida’s new immigration law has also raised concerns about its impact on the state’s economy and workforce. According to the Florida Farmworkers Association, there are an estimated 800,000 farmworkers in the state, mostly from Mexico and Central America.

The implementation of SB 1718 has led to between 8% and 10% of the undocumented worker community deciding to leave Florida in search of safer places.

Immigrant rights activists also warn that the new law will discourage crime victims from reporting and seeking help, as they fear being questioned about their immigration status and face the possibility of arrest and deportation.

This climate of fear has led to an exodus of undocumented workers seeking to protect themselves and keep their families safe.

Desolation and fear among undocumented workers

Implementation of SB 1718 has generated desolation and fear among undocumented workers in Florida. Many of them have expressed their frustrations and fears through social networks, without revealing their identities for fear of being discovered and persecuted by the authorities. Some have decided to leave the state and seek opportunities in other places where they feel safer.

Ignorance about the implementation of the new law and its repercussions has generated uncertainty among undocumented workers. Many fear detention and deportation, which has led to the flight of numerous families and farm workers.

Lack of clear and accurate information from the state has led even hospital patients to leave Florida for fear of being questioned about their immigration status.

Impact on industries and the immigrant workforce

SB 1718 will have a significant impact on various industries and the immigrant workforce in Florida. According to a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, about 8% of the state’s population is immigrant. The integration of the immigrant community into the workforce is a determining factor for the state’s economy.

In sectors such as agriculture, construction and services, immigrant workers represent a significant percentage of the workforce. In agriculture, for example, 37% of workers are of immigrant origin.

The implementation of SB 1718 and the restrictive measures to hire undocumented workers will directly affect these industries, which could have a negative impact on Florida’s economy.

Economic and Fiscal Impact of the New Immigration Law

Florida’s new immigration law will also have a significant economic and fiscal impact. According to a report by the Florida Policy Institute, employers will face difficulties in hiring workers who are undocumented or have false papers, which could result in fines of up to $5,000 or five years in prison. These penalties could have a significant impact on family income and the state’s economy.

In addition, the mandatory implementation of the federal E-Verify verification system will generate additional costs for businesses and could lead to the loss of business licenses. According to the report, this could cost Florida’s economy as much as $12.6 billion in one year, impacting the entire state economy.

Call for calm and consultation with employers.

Despite the concerns and fear generated by the new immigration law, some Republican legislators have called for calm and urged immigrant workers to consult with their employers to learn about the scope of the legislation. According to them, SB 1718 is designed primarily for employers and not for workers.

However, uncertainty and fear persist among the immigrant community in Florida. The lack of clear and accurate information, as well as the sanctions and restrictive measures imposed by the new law, have generated an exodus of undocumented workers and have affected the labor force in various industries.

Conclusion

Enactment of SB 1718 has generated fear and desolation among undocumented workers and the immigrant community in Florida. The economic and fiscal impact of the new immigration law is significant, and industries that depend on the immigrant workforce will be affected.

Despite calls for calm, the exodus of undocumented workers continues, posing challenges for the state and its economic sectors.