Florida bill cracks down on undocumented immigration (includes video story)

Florida is currently at the center of a debate about immigration driven by state Senate Bill 1718, which went into effect on July 1. The law makes substantial changes to the living and working conditions of undocumented immigrants in the state, including penalizing employers who knowingly hire undocumented migrants.  

Florida’s immigrant population contributes $13 billion annually to the state’s economy, but the impact of the bill extends beyond economic statistics. Industries heavily reliant on immigrant labor, such as agriculture, construction, and hospitality, face the prospect of significant disruptions. 

“The bill was, in my opinion, unnecessary and a solution in search of a problem that ended up creating a problem,” said Mike Hernandez, a political analyst. “Immigration needs to be run by the federal government.”

Additionally, there is apprehension regarding the law’s potential impact on entrepreneurial ventures and innovation, both of which are pivotal to Florida’s economic health.

Zeth Leon is of Cuban descent. He is currently a Junior at FIU majoring in Digital Communications and Media with a concentration in digital broadcasting. After graduation, he plans to incorporate his love for sports into his work by becoming a play-by-play commentator or talk show host for a sports network.

Jorge is a Puerto Rican native majoring in digital communication and media with a minor in marketing. After graduation, he plans on pursuing a career in the world of film editing and production with the ultimate goal of creating his own project while representing the Latino community through his art.