In Florida, a new law cracking down on the employment of illegal aliens went into effect on July 1.
A recent article by Axel Turcios for Scripps News tries to scare the reader into thinking this is a Bad Thing.
Turcios begins the piece in frustrated novelist style: “In Florida, the sun is not coming out for everyone.”
That’s a tipoff, Dear Reader, that something Bad is happening.
Turcios proceeds to tell us about it.
"I'm the head of my household, I am the one who works hard to send money to my country for my family there," said an undocumented woman in Spanish, who, fearing retaliation, asked Scripps News to hide her identity.
She says she was fired from her job at a restaurant because she is undocumented.
She should never have been hired in the first place.
"That day I went to work like any other normal day. The chef called me and said he had to talk to me. Without an excuse he fired me," said the woman.
She was let go the same day Florida's new immigration law went into effect, one championed by the state governor, and now presidential candidate Ron DeSantis.
The law was passed by the Florida legislature and signed by Governor DeSantis. Isn’t that the way laws are supposed to be passed?
“The law is causing outrage and fear among some in the state,” Turcios tells us.
Lawbreakers experience “outrage and fear” when the law is being enforced. That’s a good thing.
If you aren’t an illegal alien or dependent on illegal labor, why be outraged and afraid?
"Our politicians were very effective in creating fear and distress," said Renata Bozzetto, deputy director of the Florida Immigrant Coalition.
"It hasn't even been two weeks [as of July 12] and we are already hearing of farmworkers who left the state and are afraid of coming back.”
Florida's agriculture, construction and hospitality industries are starting to see labor shortages as undocumented workers flee the state.
If illegal workers are leaving the state, the law is working.
As for the “labor shortage," that’s good for American workers.
Turcios interviews “immigration activist” Juan Flores (in Spanish).
“Employees who have been working in construction and hospitality for 8, 10, and 15 years are being fired… Some of them left with up to five family members,” Flores assures him.
Isn’t it good to keep the family together?
Flores says his non-profit organization, "Fundación 15 de Septiembre" traveled throughout Florida to survey 500 undocumented workers. They found 4 out of 10 surveyed said they were leaving the state.
"We found out some went to Atlanta, Georgia, others left for North Carolina, and some left for New York."
Turcios also interviews business-owner Hermila Marquez.
Hermila Marquez, the owner of a nursery in Homestead, 30 miles southwest of Miami, told Scripps News she lost up to 50% of her employees. They are people she needs to help her maintain the plants, cut the grass and assist clients.
"The grass grows, it needs fertilizer and care, and I won't be able to do it alone. I could lose my business," said Marquez in Spanish.
A decade-old family business that used to employ up to 10 people is now threatened.”
"I'm by myself, no one arrived today. I'm scared because I don't know how I'll be able to run my business. I'll do my best. I have no choice," added Marquez.
She built her business on illegal labor, but now the jig is up.
The article uses scare tactics to predict dire results for the whole country.
The Florida Policy Institute, a public policy think tank, says without undocumented workers, some of Florida's most labor-intensive industries would lose 10% of their workforce.
"This will impact the consumer, not only in the state of Florida, but throughout the U.S. because if there is no workforce, the price of products increases," said Flores.
There’s still a workforce in Florida. It’s composed of American citizens and legal immigrants.
Immigration labor law is being enforced in Florida. That’s good for Florida, good for America.
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