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Members & Friends,

DeSantis’ legislative puppets are hearing his cruel anti-immigration proposal on Wednesday in the Senate, and we need you to OPPOSE it. SB 1718 Immigration is fast-tracked to be heard in the Rules Committee and it will be followed by only one more committee before it heads to the Senate floor. The bill does the following:

  • Enhances fines and penalties on Florida businesses that hire illegal immigrants up to $10,000 per worker and will revoke their licenses;

  • Authorizes Florida law enforcement to conduct random audits of businesses for compliance with the law;

  • Enhances criminal penalties for those “smuggling” (i.e., concealing, harboring, or shielding illegal immigrants);

  • Invalidates out of state drivers' licenses of illegal immigrants in Florida, issues citations for driving with invalid licenses, and maintains a list that is reported to the state;

  • Prohibits local government creation of identification cards ;

  • Authorizes Sheriffs in county jails to take DNA samples when an illegal immigrant is arrested and an ICE detainer is issued;

  • Mandates that hospitals receiving state Medicaid dollars start tracking and regularly reporting the numbers and costs of care of illegal immigrants to the state;

  • Bans illegal immigrants from getting a Florida law license after November 2026.

This bill only promotes more racism and xenophobia in Florida. It will increase racial profiling and unfairly target persons of color regardless of their immigration status. Please contact the Senators below on the Rules Committee and tell them to VOTE NO on SB 1718 Immigration. Senator Debbie Mayfield (R), Chair (850) 487-5019 Senator Keith Perry (R), Vice Chair (850) 487-5009 Senator Dennis Baxley (R) (850) 487-5013 Senator Lauren Book (D) (850) 487-5035 Senator Jim Boyd (R) (850) 487-5020 Senator Jason Brodeur (R) (850) 487-5010 Senator Doug Broxson (R) (850) 487-5001 Senator Danny Burgess (R) (850) 487-5023 Senator Colleen Burton (R) (850) 487-5012 Senator Nick DiCeglie (R) (850) 487-5018 Senator Ileana Garcia (R) (850) 487-5036 Senator Ed Hooper (R) (850) 487-5021 Senator Travis Hutson (R) (850) 487-5007 Senator Shevrin D. "Shev" Jones (D) (850) 487-5034 Senator Rosalind Osgood (D) (850) 487-5032 Senator Ana Maria Rodriguez (R) (850) 487-5040 Senator Darryl Ervin Rouson (D) (850) 487-5016 Senator Corey Simon (R) (850) 487-5003 Senator Victor M. Torres, Jr. (D) (850) 487-5025 Senator Clay Yarborough (R) (850) 487-5004;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; Thank you, Jean Siebenaler


Tallahassee #: (850) 717-5034

District #: (352) 527-4510

Florida State House - District 23

State Senator Blaise Ingoglia (R)

Tallahassee #: (850) 487-5011

District #: (352) 666-5707

Florida Senate District 11

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