Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is playing hard on employers who have failed to verify that all of their employees are legally in the state.
Officials with the Sunshine State’s Department of Economic Opportunity said they sent letters last month to six employers who they said had not yet complied with the state’s e-verify law.
“At the direction of the Governor, Florida is taking strict action against the illegal employment of unauthorized aliens in the state of Florida,” DeSantis spokesman Bryan Griffin said in a statement.
“As directed by the Governor, Florida is taking strict action against the illegal employment of unauthorized aliens in the state of Florida.” – Spokesman for the Office of Governor DeSantis @BryanDGriffin
— DeSantis War Room 🐊 (@DeSantisWarRoom) January 16, 2023
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Companies were warned that if they continued to refuse to comply, their state business licenses would be suspended.
According to the report, replies to the messages were due on Monday. It was not known on Thursday how many had complied.
The six entities receive The letters including two from out of state: the American National Red Cross, based in St. Louis, Missouri, and Upperline Health, Inc. of Nashville, Tennessee.
The remaining four based in Florida were MDL Property Maintenance, Inc. of Boynton Beach; Intelycare, Inc. of Clearwater and Quincy, Massachusetts; Prestige Cruise Services, LLC, of Miami; and ScribeAmerica, LLC, of Ft. Lauderdale.
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As of Friday, Prestige Cruise Services was the only one of the six to respond with proof of compliance. Florida’s voice reported.
The department said the next step for the remaining five “is for the DEO to notify the agencies that hold their licenses of their non-compliance.”
Those agencies will then “suspend any applicable employer’s licenses until the department’s private employer provides the required affidavit,” Florida’s Voice reported.
DeSantis signed the bill into law in 2020, requiring private employers to use E-Verify to ensure employees’ eligibility to work in the United States, it said The middle square.
Unlike his predecessors, DeSantis said at the time he was able to work with the Florida Legislature to pass the E-Verify legislation.
“For years prior to my tenure, attempts to pass the E-Verify legislation in Florida failed, but I would not back down until this matter was addressed,” DeSantis said beard.
The governor said using E-Verify was “pushing upwards.” [on] Floridians’ wages” and protects public safety, Breitbart reported.
“Ensuring a legal workforce through E-Verify is critical to maintaining the rule of law and preventing illegal immigration into Florida, which is more important than ever given the border crisis,” he added.
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