“Today, I am calling on the Florida Legislature to pass and send to my desk common sense E-Verify legislation to ensure a safe and legal labor market in Florida,” said DeSantis. “The reason this is so timely is twofold – it’s about fairness for lawful immigrants and native-born workers, and it’s about public safety. I trust the Legislature will act swiftly in the 2020 Legislative Session and pass an E-Verify requirement for employers in this state to protect Florida workers, preserve the rule of law, and make our communities safer.”
Republicans have wanted to implement an E-Verify system in the state for years now. Florida. Gov. Rick Scott promised to bring E-Verify to Florida when he first campaigned for the jobs. It never became a reality.
Florida Republican Party Chairman and State Sen. Joe Gruters and Rep. Cord Byrd accompanied the governor for today's announcement. Both legislators were instrumental in passing a bill that banned sanctuary cities last Legislative Session.
“Governor Ron DeSantis’ leadership is why we now have the strongest ban of sanctuary cities in the country,” said Sen. Gruters. “We are now going to work together again to deliver for Florida workers. E-Verify provides a fast, free, and effective way for an employer to verify that new hires are authorized to work in the U.S. using the same documents as required by the preexisting I-9 process. This will protect Florida workers against unfair job competition and wage depression.”
“E-Verify is an immigration enforcement tool that protects the wages of citizens and lawful immigrants and will discourage the use of illegal labor in Florida,” said Rep. Byrd. “I’m proud to stand with Governor DeSantis in his promise to promote the rule of law and put Americans first.”
Sen. Tom Lee has introduced the E-Verify bill for next year's legislative session, which starts in January. The measure was sponsored by Sen. Gruters.