October 8, 2020

Spotlight on Florida's Black Immigrants

This post was last updated on September 29, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.

On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

While Latinx individuals comprise the greatest share of Florida's immigrant population and are often centered in public discourse, a significant number of immigrants identify as Black. To promote racial equity and inform policymaking, it is important to highlight Black immigrants' unique contributions to the Sunshine State.

*FPI presents the infographic below with the caveat that while it can be insightful to underscore immigrants' economic contributions to their communities, focusing solely on these contributions fails to convey the inherent worth of every Floridian, including those who do not or cannot participate in the labor force, like children, retirees, caregivers, and some individuals with disabilities.

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