Florida Chamber of Commerce urges Legislature to consider economic impacts of immigration reform

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce is calling upon the Florida Legislature to take a more in-depth approach to the issue of immigration reform, and pay particular attention to the economic impacts the proposals currently being circulated could have on our state.

?hile we applaud the leadership of our elected leaders like Senator Anitere Flores, Representative Carlos Lopez-Cantera, and Commissioner Adam Putnam on the complicated issue of immigration reform, it? now time for every legislator in the House and Senate to carefully examine what immigration reform could mean for our state,?said Adam Babington, Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the Florida Chamber.

In December, the Florida Chamber Foundation released astudy on the impact that global trade has on Florida? economy, and followed that up in January with ananalysis of what immigration reform can mean for our state. The conclusion reached in both reports is that Florida is uniquely dependent upon foreign trade, travel, and investment, and that state-based immigration reform measures have the potential to harm our economy and undermine our key industries of agriculture, construction, and tourism.

?lorida is now faced with a choice: do we follow in the failed path of other states and impose new regulations on Florida employers, or do we lead the nation in a new direction that helps grow our economy and create jobs,?Babington added.

The Florida Chamber encourages lawmakers to consider that:

? Immigration enforcement should be addressed at the federal level,

? Any immigration enforcement measures passed in Florida should be consistent with federal laws,

? More reliable, less-costly alternatives to e-Verify are needed, and

? Florida remain a welcoming state to visitors from all over the world.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.