Governor Ron DeSantis (R) of Florida touted Senate Bill 1718, which effectively makes the Sunshine State the biggest state in the nation to perform full E-Verify for employment, as one of his administration’s most recent initiatives to address the country’s border problem.
DeSantis hailed the passage of Senate Bill 1718 while speaking at the Miller Power Company in Jacksonville, Florida, as the state of Florida’s most recent move against unjust immigration laws at the federal level.
During the news conference, DeSantis said that “even the New York Times acknowledged this is the toughest legislation in opposition to illegal immigration virtually anywhere in the nation,” adding that the measure “makes Florida the largest state in the entire nation that requires full E-Verify for employment.”
“And that’s crucial because people will show up if they get rewards. And so you want to declare that there are no advantages to coming illegally,” he continued, claiming that this would be enough to discourage illegal immigrants from seeking sanctuary in Florida.
“Employing someone who is in the country illegally is already against the law, but E-Verify offers a method to ensure that this is enforced. Therefore, we believe it will make a significant impact,” according to DeSantis.
Additionally, the legislation, according to DeSantis, “improves human smuggling punishments” and “forbids county governments and non-governmental organizations from spending tax dollars to issue IDs for illegal aliens.”
He said that Florida would not accept out-of-state licenses obtained by illegal immigrants from other states:
“There are many individuals around the nation that want open borders and driver’s licenses, and I believe that these things are already in place in California and many other states. That has never been the case here. However, a few of these city governments are really collaborating with private companies to create ID cards that may be used, as if doing so makes you legally entitled to remain in this country. Therefore, we won’t acknowledge that. Additionally, if someone obtained a California driver’s license illegally or from one of these other states, we won’t accept it.”
“We are defending Floridians to the fullest extent of our authority. It’s tragic, however. The events are terrible to behold. These pictures of disorder are awful to watch,” he remarked, criticizing President Biden for doing little.