The Florida legislature recently passed SB 1718, a bill targeted at curbing undocumented immigration in the state. This post will delve into the key provisions of the bill, debunk prevalent myths regarding its implications, and propose actions for the undocumented population potentially affected by the bill.
Key Provisions of Florida’s Immigration Bill SB 1718
SB 1718 introduces several significant changes, including:
- Prohibiting the transportation of undocumented immigrants into the State.
- Mandating employers with more than 25 employees to use the E-Verify system.
- Restricting the use of out-of-state licenses issued to undocumented immigrants within Florida.
- Requiring hospitals to collect the immigration status of non-U.S. citizens using their facilities.
- Prohibiting individuals from recommending unauthorized persons for employment in the State.
Debunking Myths Surrounding SB 1718
There has been much speculation and misinformation surrounding the bill, causing unnecessary fear among many potential clients. Here are three myths debunked:
- Myth #1: Work Permits and Employment: Individuals with work permits under DACA, TPS, or any other program may not be eligible for employment in the State. This is untrue. SB 1718 only prohibits employment of individuals unauthorized to work in the U.S. Holders of valid employment authorizations can legally work in Florida, regardless of their immigration status.
- Myth #2: Transportation of Undocumented Relatives: U.S. citizens may not be able to transport their undocumented relatives within the State. This is also false. SB 1718 only prohibits the transportation of undocumented persons across state lines. U.S. citizens are still allowed to drive their undocumented relatives within Florida.
- Myth #3: Hospital Reporting of Immigration Status: Hospitals must report your immigration status to immigration authorities. This is a misconception. The bill mandates federally-funded hospitals to collect immigration status information for state reporting purposes. However, it doesn’t require hospitals to report undocumented immigrants to law enforcement or immigration authorities.
Recommended Actions for Those Affected by SB 1718
If you are affected by SB 1718, consider the following:
- Consult an Immigration Attorney: If you’re undocumented in Florida, it’s crucial to consult an immigration attorney promptly. They can help you understand the bill’s effects on your status and explore possible options. Schedule a consultation with Attorney Ahmad Yakzan.
- File Benefit Applications: If eligible, file for immigration benefits promptly. This may allow you to remain in the U.S. and potentially obtain employment authorization. Many individuals aren’t aware that they qualify for immigration benefits. Schedule a consultation with Attorney Ahmad Yakzan to learn if you qualify.
- Reopen Removal Proceedings: If you’re subject to a final removal order, consult an immigration attorney about reopening your removal proceedings. There may be new evidence or changed personal circumstances that could help your case. Schedule a consultation with Attorney Ahmad Yakzan to explore your options.
Need Help with SB 1718 Questions? Contact the American Dream® Law Office
If you’re concerned about SB 1718’s impact on your or your loved ones’ immigration status, don’t hesitate to reach out to the American Dream® Law Office, PLLC. Our multilingual staff speaks English, Spanish, and Arabic. Call us today at (813) 499-1250 or complete the online form to schedule a strategy session with an experienced immigration attorney.