Today's date is February 23, 2020

Florida Democrats Respond To Forced Vote By GOP To Back E-Verify Despite Widespread Opposition

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Juan Peñalosa, executive director of the Florida Democratic Party, released the following statement in response to Florida Republican vote to support E-Verify despite widespread opposition:
“Last night, the Florida GOP put their party over Florida’s economy and they sold out Florida businesses, immigrant communities, and their own values — all so they can pledge loyalty to the Republican Party of DeSantis and Trump.
The Florida Republican vote to endorse e-Verify ignored all of the major voices responsible for driving our economy: the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Associated Industries of Florida, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, immigrant communities, and small business owners. They all oppose E-Verify because it will cripple our economy.  While Democrats stand with Florida businesses and immigrants, yesterday’s vote is more proof that Florida Republicans will put their Party over the people of Florida at every opportunity. Voters will remember in November.”
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  1. Other states have enacted E-Verify requirements more stringent than the Florida proposal, and their economies have not been “crippled.” Is Florida’s economy so weak or so dependent on illegal labor that its businesses must be allowed to violate the law in order to survive?

    Or are the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Associated Industries of Florida, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, and others opposed to E-Verify because it may impact their profits if forced to do business legally, on a level playing field with businesses that choose to act honorably?

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