Florida Considering Toughest Immigration Laws In Nation

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 08: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives a victory speech after defeating Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rep. Charlie Crist during his election night watch party at the Tampa Convention Center on November 8, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. DeSantis was the projected winner by a double-digit lead. (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)
  • Led by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, Florida’s state legislature is considering immigration measures to crack down on undocumented migrants that reportedly are the toughest in any state in more than a decade.
  • The bills are part of what DeSantis describes as a response to President Joe Biden’s “open borders agenda” that have let an uncontrolled flow of migrants cross into the United States from Mexico, the New York Times reported.
  • According to the Times, the Florida bills would expose people to felony charges for sheltering, hiring and transporting undocumented immigrants; require hospitals to ask patients their immigration status and report to the state; invalidate out-of-state driver’s licenses issued to undocumented immigrants; and direct the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to provide assistance to federal authorities in enforcing the nation’s immigration laws.