Florida is one of five states that, collectively, are home to more than half of U.S. immigrants who are undocumented. People who are undocumented support our communities and economy in significant ways. Half of Florida’s 766,000 undocumented immigrants have been here for 10 years or more, paying nearly $600 million in local and state taxes each year.
But efforts to marginalize immigrants have ramped up at the federal level, including community raids and deportations and indefinite family separation, to name but a few.
Thankfully, state policy choices can provide a counterweight to these harmful federal actions. During the 2020 legislative session, Florida lawmakers have the opportunity to adopt pragmatic policies designed to treat all citizens fairly and promote shared prosperity.