Florida Enforces Stringent Anti-Illegal Immigration Measures, With a Focus on Undocumented Immigrant ID Holders in Connecticut

Posted on 07/20/23

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and 2024 presidential hopeful is spearheading state policies that are aimed at restricting undocumented immigrants in his state. As part of the state’s immigration crackdown, one of the measures being implemented is the prohibition of out-of-state undocumented immigrant identification cards, including from Connecticut. This endeavor is part of a broader initiative by the Florida governor to counter the “dangerous effects of illegal immigration caused by the federal government’s reckless border policies.”

The Governor has been vocal about his stance against undocumented immigrants. His past actions of arranging flights for dozens of immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard and other sanctuary jurisdictions was a means to criticize immigrant-friendly states. Critics argue that the Governor’s focus on targeting undocumented immigrants represents inhumane practices that disregard the rights of immigrants. 

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the state no longer recognizes identification cards issued to undocumented immigrants from the following states:

  • Connecticut 
  • Vermont
  • Hawaii 
  • Delaware
  • Rhode Island

Learn more at FLHSMV.

Senate Bill 1718 will implement the following measures:

  • E-Verify required for employers with a staff of 25 or more
  • Penalties for businesses employing undocumented immigrants
  • Increased legal punishment for human smugglers
  • Local governments prohibited from issuing IDs to undocumented immigrants and invalidated IDs granted to undocumented immigrants in other states including Connecticut 
  • Additional funding for relocating undocumented immigrants to sanctuary jurisdictions 
  • Hospitals will be required to report healthcare expenses rendered to undocumented immigrants

Read more about Florida Senate Bill 1718 by visiting here

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