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DeSantis’ Costly and Cruel Florida Immigration Law Goes Into Effect

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Statement by Douglas Rivlin of America’s Voice


Washington, DC – The following is a statement from Douglas Rivlin, Director of Communication for America’s Voice, ahead of Florida’s S.B. 1718 immigration bill – pushed through by Gov. Ron DeSantis – set to go into effect on July 1:

“Ron DeSantis’s signature anti-immigrant law, set to go into effect on July 1, is both costly for Florida consumers and business owners and cruel for hard working immigrants trying to help Florida thrive.

Even ahead of the legislation going into effect, voices from key Florida industries such as construction, agriculture, hospitality, and trucking have been sounding the alarm bell about the damage the legislation is already doing to their industries and the state’s economy. Meanwhile, stories of immigrant families fleeing the state, leaving behind homes, schools, friends and possessions are disturbing reminders how the new legislation turns its back on Florida’s proud tradition as a place of welcome and refuge for immigrants.

It’s all in the service of DeSantis positioning himself for the MAGA presidential primary and underscores his colossally misplaced priorities. The lessons from his home state, the same week he unveiled his dangerous national campaign immigration plan, is damning. When Ron DeSantis says he wants to do for the country what he is doing for Florida, we don’t know whether that is a promise or a threat.”

See below for a list of resources prior to July 1st implementation of S.B. 1718:

  • Press call, “Florida Elected and Advocacy Leaders Ahead of SB1718 Implementation: DeSantis’ Anti-immigrant Law is Harmful To Local Businesses, Our Economy, Our Immigrant Communities and Our State,” hosted by The Immigration Hub on Wednesday.
  • From the Florida Policy Institute: Top Five Things to Know About SB1718, Florida’s New Immigration Law
  • See image of thousands of people who took to the streets in Florida this week in protest of SB1718.
  • The Florida Immigrant Coalition will keep track of all actions and protests throughout the state happening on Saturday, July 1, here.