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Now that the campaigns are over, and reality has set in, Florida’s economy is too dependent on illegal workers to survive any serious immigration crackdown. It is hard to find anyone who supports a crackdown in any serious manner.
Not the police, not businesses, not the Republican strategists, not the Hispanic members of Congress, not the Legislature. Even Jeb Bush, who co-chaired the Hispanic Leadership Network conference last week, has been very clear on the detrimental effects a crackdown would have on the Florida economy.
The Republican who introduced the Arizona style bill in the state Senate, Mike Bennett of Bradenton, says he “might not even vote for it myself.’‘
Furthermore. Governor Scott has backed off a proposal to require private employers to use E-Verify.
The reason is simple: It would hit the tourism, construction and service industries very hard. And it would shut down agriculture. Any farm that enforced E-Verify would see its labor force dry up and its crops rot in the field. Read more of Mike Thomas’s Commentary at The Orlando Sentinel.