Florida S.B. 1718, which I blogged about in this post, has passed Florida’s legislature. The bill was sponsored by Kiyan Michael, a newly elected GOP member of Florida’s House of Representatives. Representative Michael’s sponsorship of the bill stems from her 21-year-old son dying after a car wreck, the other driver being an undocumented immigrant, who allegedly had been deported on two prior occasions. While many are dubbing the legislation “anti-immigration,” fellow GOP Representative Berny Jacques defended the bill stating the bill “protects the people who are here legally and did it the right way. People like my family.”
Two of the most significant provisions of the bill that I found incredible were (1) creating a misdemeanor and invalidating driver’s licenses issued from other states and (2) refusing admission to the Florida Bar based on your immigration status. Additional provisions that employers in Florida need to be aware of:
If you are an undocumented immigrant, there is an entire network of immigration attorneys who are willing to help you. If you are an employer who relies on foreign labor, make sure you speak to an immigration attorney to make sure you are compliant with these new provisions.
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