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SPLC Action Fund Calls Governor DeSantis' Latest Immigration Proposals Misguided

Governor DeSantis at press conference
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Governor Ron DeSantis’ latest legislative proposals target immigrant communities and children in the state.

The Governor’s racist and xenophobic legislative proposals will harm all Floridians and damage public health, public safety, and Florida businesses.

Florida is home to millions of mixed-status families. The Governor’s policies place Florida residents — regardless of immigration status — in danger of unfair targeting and racial profiling.

The Governor’s political posturing will have a chilling effect on cooperation between law enforcement and immigrant communities, resulting in serious consequences for immigrant families, children, and persons of color across the state.

The Governor’s legislative proposals will target everyday Floridians by creating a surveillance state. Anyone, even U.S. citizens, will be subject to arrest simply for giving someone a ride to the doctor, school, or church.

Threatening to criminalize the use of E-Verify against employers will undoubtedly hurt — not help — Florida businesses and our economy. We urge Gov. DeSantis to stop his terror campaign against immigrants and focus on the needs of Florida families and businesses."  

A.J. Hernández Anderson, a George Washington Law School graduate, is senior supervising attorney for the SPLC’s Action Fund, a catalyst for racial justice in the South and beyond.

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