About Floridians for E-Verify Now

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Our grassroots Floridians for E-Verify Now campaign is about:

  • “Restoring the American Dream” for the working poor of Florida. Ensuring that if they are willing to work hard, their efforts for upward mobility into the middle class won’t be undercut by illegal labor.
  • Improve the ability of all Floridians to enjoy a better standard of living.
  • Ensuring law abiding businesses of Florida don’t fail because they are undercut by businesses that use illegal labor.
  • Ending Florida’s illegal alien job magnet that makes the job of our Border Agents more difficult.

Our grassroots E-Verify campaign is born out of frustration. We have waited 29 years for the Federal Government to enforce the law (see below) below that supposedly was enacted to protect American jobs.

Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986

Title I: Control of Illegal Immigration – Part A: Employment – Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to make it unlawful for a person or other entity to: (1) hire (including through subcontractors), recruit, or refer for a fee for U.S. employment any alien knowing that such person is unauthorized to work, or any person without verifying his or her work status; or (2) continue to employ an alien knowing of such person’s unauthorized work status.

Governor Scott

Candidate Scott ran and was elected on a platform to enforce laws stopping illegal immigration.

In the 2010 Governor’s race Candidate Rick Scott declared:

“We have over 700,000 illegal immigrants in the state. They’re costing us billions of dollars, and they’re taking legal residents’ jobs.”

“Rick will require all Florida employers to use the free E-Verify system to ensure that their workers are legal.”

So apparently candidate Scott understood Florida had a problem with illegal aliens taking American jobs and he understood that mandatory E-Verify is the best solution to ensure all new hires are legal.

Now, to Governor Scott’s credit, he did implement public e-verify by executive order soon after taking the oath of office. That executive order mandates all contractors doing business with the state shall use E-Verify. The executive order has been now been in effect for five years. It must be working well or Governor Scott would have rescinded the order. So if it’s working well for the state, why not mandate it for all employers?

Governor Scott breaks his campaign promise to mandate E-Verify in 2012.

On June 12, 2012 Governor Scott stated at a meeting of the Florida Citrus Mutual in Bonita Springs.

“Now, with the regard to E-verify, as you know we did it for people who do business with state government but we’ve got to have a national E-verify program because I don’t want to put Florida businesses at a competitive disadvantage.”

The governor also reportedly told the growers group that he would not support any legislation should the issue be revived.

Governor Scott’s statement is outrageous! The underlying message is “Don’t hire American workers and you will have a competitive advantage over businesses that operate legally.”

The Florida State Legislature:

Since 2007 the leadership of both houses has blocked every immigration enforcement bill* meant to protect Florida workers and taxpayers. *Except in 2010 when Majority Leader Adam Hasner pushed an omnibus bill (HB 219 )that provided for public E-Verify, denial of public benefits to illegal aliens, and a memorandum of understanding between ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and local law enforcement. That bill passed unanimously in all committees and on the floor. Final House vote: 112 yeas 0 nays, demonstrating if leadership wants a bill to move forward it will. The bill was then killed in the Senate.

Click here to access official House record of HB219 bill history

The legislature has passed one immigration related bill. In 2014 it passed in-state tuition for illegal aliens.

The legislature’s past history demonstrates that its leadership has no intention of enacting any meaningful immigration enforcement legislation to protect Florida’s legal workers and taxpayers.

Here are the bills that didn’t pass:

2008 Session

HB 73 Illegal Immigration

  • General Bill by: Brown
  • Last Event: Friday, May 02, 2008 – Died in Committee on State Affairs

HB 159 Enforcement of Immigration Laws

  • General Bill by: Adams
  • Last Event: Friday, May 02, 2008 – Died in Committee on State Affairs

SB 388 Security and Immigration Compliance Act [LPCC]

  • General Bill by: Fasano
  • Last Event: Monday, May 05, 2008 – 05/02/08 S Died in Committee on Military Affairs and Domestic Security

SB 540 Felons/Enforcement of Federal Immigration Laws [LPCC]

  • General Bill by: Baker
  • Last Event: Monday, May 05, 2008 – 05/02/08 S Died in Committee on Criminal Justice

HB 571 Illegal Aliens

  • General Bill by: Kravitz
  • Last Event: Friday, May 02, 2008 – Died in Committee on State Affairs

HB 577 Illegal or Undocumented Aliens

  • General Bill by: Williams, T.
  • Last Event: Friday, May 02, 2008 – Died in Committee on State Affairs

HB 821 Illegal Immigration

  • General Bill by: Harrell
  • Last Event: Friday, May 02, 2008 – Died in Committee on State Affairs

CS/SB 1086 Illegal or Undocumented Aliens/DOC [LPCC]

  • General Bill by: Criminal Justice, Bennett
  • Last Event: Monday, May 05, 2008 – 05/02/08 S Died on Calendar

HB 1247 Immigration Status of Inmates

  • General Bill by: Gelber
  • Last Event: Friday, May 02, 2008 – Died in Committee on State Affairs

SB 1364 Immigration [LPCC]

  • General Bill by: Villalobos
  • Last Event: Monday, May 05, 2008 – 05/02/08 S Died in Committee on Criminal Justice

SB 2738 Immigration Status of Inmates [LPCC]

  • General Bill by: Deutch
  • Last Event: Monday, May 05, 2008 – 05/02/08 S Died in Committee on Criminal Justice

2009 Session

HB 163 Illegal Aliens in the Correctional System

  • General Bill by: Williams, T.
  • Last Event: Saturday, May 02, 2009 – Died in Public Safety & Domestic Security Policy Committee

CS/SB 352 Inmates/Illegal or Undocumented Aliens/Deportation [SPSC]

  • General Bill by: Judiciary, Bennett
  • Last Event: Saturday, May 02, 2009 – 05/02/09 S Died in Committee on Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations

CS/HB 567 Illegal Immigration

  • General Bill by: Economic Development & Community Affairs Policy Council, Schenck
  • Last Event: Saturday, May 02, 2009 – Died on Second Reading Calendar

CS/HB 915 Enforcement of Immigration Laws

  • General Bill by: Governmental Affairs Policy Committee, Adams
  • Last Event: Saturday, May 02, 2009 – Died in Economic Development & Community Affairs Policy Council

SB 1532 Illegal Immigration [GPSC]

  • General Bill by: Storms
  • Last Event: Saturday, May 02, 2009 – 05/02/09 S Died in Committee on Military Affairs and Domestic Security

SB 1890 Illegal Aliens [SPSC]

  • General Bill by: Storms
  • Last Event: Saturday, May 02, 2009 – 05/02/09 S Died in Committee on Criminal Justice

2010 Session

CS/CS/HB 219 Immigration

  • General Bill by: Economic Development & Community Affairs Policy Council, Governmental Affairs Policy Committee, Adams
  • Last Event: Friday, April 30, 2010 – 04/30/10 S Died in Messages

HB 421 Immigration

  • General Bill by: Adkins
  • Last Event: Friday, April 30, 2010 – Died in Governmental Affairs Policy Committee

HB 503 Illegal Immigration

  • General Bill by: Schenck
  • Last Event: Friday, April 30, 2010 – Died in Policy Council

SB 600 Inmates/Illegal or Undocumented Aliens/Deportation [SPSC]

  • General Bill by: Bennett
  • Last Event: Friday, April 30, 2010 – 04/30/10 S Died in Committee on Judiciary

SB 856 Immigration [CPSC]

  • General Bill by: Baker
  • Last Event: Friday, April 30, 2010 – 04/30/10 S Died in Committee on Regulated Industries

HB 919 Illegal or Undocumented Aliens

  • General Bill by: Roberson, K.
  • Last Event: Friday, April 30, 2010 – Died in Governmental Affairs Policy Committee

SB 1880 Enforcement of Immigration Laws [GPSC]

  • General Bill by: Detert
  • Last Event: Friday, April 30, 2010 – 04/30/10 S Died in Committee on Governmental Oversight and Accountability

SB 2162 Illegal Aliens [SPSC]

  • General Bill by: Storms
  • Last Event: Friday, April 30, 2010 – 04/30/10 S Died in Committee on Criminal Justice

SB 2368 Illegal Immigration [GPSC]

  • General Bill by: Storms
  • Last Event: Monday, May 03, 2010 – 04/30/10 S Died in Committee on Military Affairs and Domestic Security

2011 Session

HB 691 Verification of Employment Eligibility

  • General Bill by: Harrell
  • Last Event: 05/07/11 Died in Government Operations Subcommittee

SB 518 Verification of Employment Eligibility

  • General Bill by: Hays
  • Last Event: 05/09/11 Died in Judiciary

CS/SB 2040 Enforcement of Immigration Laws

  • General Bill by: Judiciary/SB 2040 – Enforcement of Immigration Laws
  • Last Event: Saturday, May 07, 2011 – Died in Messages

CS/HB 7089 Enforcement of Immigration Laws

  • General Bill by: Economics Affairs Committee, Judiciary Committee, Snyder
  • Last Event: Saturday, May 07, 2011- Died pending review of CS under Rule

2012 Session

HB 1315 Verification of Employment Eligibility

  • General Bill by: Harrell
  • Last Event: 05/12/12 Died in Government Operations Subcommittee

SB 1638 Verification of Employment Eligibility

  • General Bill by: Altman
  • Last Event: 05/12/12 Died in Judiciary

 

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