The United Front: Florida’s immigration law (includes documentary)

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Florida’s recent enactment of Senate Bill 1718 has sent shockwaves through the state, signifying a profound shift in immigration policy. Gov. Ron DeSantis’ signature on this legislation tightens restrictions, affecting industries like agriculture and construction that heavily rely on immigrant labor. This law, designed to enforce stringent measures, poses significant economic risks, potentially causing a $12.6 billion drop in Florida’s GDP in a single year.

Immigrants, constituting approximately 21% of the state’s population, find themselves at the intersection of economic considerations, family dynamics and the evolving consequences of immigration policies. The law’s impact reverberates across diverse sectors, from personal stories like those of Abby Ruiz, a social media influencer, fearing the loss of opportunities, to the broader implications explored by experts and advocates.

This documentary captures the voices of those directly impacted by SB1718 and sheds a light on the nuanced challenges faced by immigrants and their families and how this law reshapes the economic landscape and challenges the foundational ideals of the American Dream.

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.