05 Jun Florida’s SB1718 Bill Is a Car Crash About to Happen
This month I will be attending the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) annual conference in Orlando, Florida. Coincidentally, Florida law makers have passed a law to significantly crack down on those who do not have lawful status in the United States. Here is the summary from the Florida Senate website:
Immigration; Prohibiting counties and municipalities, respectively, from providing funds to any person, entity, or organization to issue identification documents to an individual who does not provide proof of lawful presence in the United States; specifying that certain driver licenses and permits issued by other states exclusively to unauthorized immigrants are not valid in this state; requiring certain hospitals to collect patient immigration status data information on admission or registration forms; requiring the Department of Economic Opportunity to enter a certain order and require repayment of certain economic development incentives if the department finds or is notified that an employer has knowingly employed an unauthorized alien without verifying the employment eligibility of such person, etc.
What will the Florida state law do?
From the Tallahassee Democrat the new state law will do the following:
- Requires employers to verify a new employee’s employment eligibility within three business days after the first day the new employee begins working for pay.
- Requires private employers with 25 or more employees and all public agencies to use the federal E-Verify system to verify a new employee’s employment eligibility, starting on July 1.
- Requires employers to fire an employee if they discover them to be a “foreign national” who is not authorized to work in the U.S. and makes it illegal for any person to knowingly employ, hire, recruit or even refer, either for herself or himself or on behalf of another, for private or public employment within the state, such a person.
- Repeals a 2014 law allowing immigrants living in the country illegally to practice law in the state.
- Hospitals that accept Medicaid must ask patients if they are U.S. citizens and if they are here legally, and report that data (without personally identifying information) to the governor quarterly and annually.
- Invalidates out-of-state driver’s licenses issued to “unauthorized immigrants.”
- Force arrested adults and juveniles with an immigration detainer (an “immigration hold”) to provide their DNA to the state.
- Makes it a third-degree felony for anyone who knowingly or who reasonably should know that they are transporting immigrants who entered the country illegally into Florida. Transporting a minor is a second-degree felony.
- Expands the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s counter-terrorism efforts to include immigration matters.
- Appropriates tax dollars to be used for DeSantis’ “unauthorized alien transport program,” the program he began when he flew about 50 Venezuelan migrants in two charter planes from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.