Red State Runs Out Of Workers

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( – On Wednesday, in a brief interview with MSNBC, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., warned that once the new immigration law goes into effect in the summer, vegetable crops in the state will be left to rot.

During the interview, MSNBC host Jose Diaz-Balart asked Wasserman Schultz about Florida Senate Bill 1718, which was signed last week by Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla. The host pointed out that the law, which is set to go into effect on July 1, is going to mean that the penalties for those who transport illegal immigrants will be higher. It would also make driver’s licenses by those who don’t have proof of their legal status invalid in the state, while only allowing Medicaid to be received by those with a legal migration status. As part of the bill, $12 million has also been allocated to transport migrants outside the state. Finally, under the new law employers would be required to E-verify the legal status of all of their workers.

Wasserman Schultz stated that the situation unfolding following this new legislation was “horrific.” She added that this would create a “culture of fear” for all immigrants who lived in Florida. She further pointed out that it would have detrimental effects on several industries including tourism, construction, agriculture, and the economy.

She proceeded to state that vegetable crops would be left to rot in the field, and construction sites were not going to move forward as they wouldn’t be able to find workers to finish construction. She added that both the tourism and restaurant industries also rely on illegal immigrants to cover certain positions.

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