Statement from Mike Fernandez, Co-Chair, ABIC and IMPAC Fund:

On behalf of ABIC and IMPAC Fund, I would like to thank Florida's elected officials for their commitment to support Florida's economy, jobs, and immigrant community by defeating the HB 9/SB 308 "Show me your papers" bill and P29 "Mandatory E-Verify" this session.

A broad, bipartisan coalition of business, faith, labor, and immigrant leaders came together over the last 4 months, including Florida Chamber of Commerce, Cato Institute, Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC), Service Employees International Union-Florida, National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), National Immigration Law Center (NILC), Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops, and ACLU, among many other groups. We thank these organizations and their leaders for taking action and helping the Florida legislature and Florida constitution revision commission make the economically important, politically smart, and morally right decision for Florida .donating to the American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC) and donating to IMPAC Fund. 


Mike Fernandez
Chairman, MBF Healthcare Partners
Co-Chair, IMPAC Fund
Co-Chair, American Business Immigration Coalition


IMPAC Fund's 200 business leaders oppose P29
See letter here

60 more Florida business owners oppose P29
See letter here

Florida Chamber of Commerce opposes P29
See statement here

Cato Institute, a libertarian think-tank, opposes P29
See Alex Nowrasteh's statement here

National Immigration Law Center opposes P29
See statement here

Florida Conference of Catholic bishops opposes P29
See statement here

Labor and immigrant rights advocates oppose P29
See letter here

ABIC's response to The Capitolist
See statement here

Read the ABIC/IMPAC Fund press release
Read press release here


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Arnold Donald, President and CEO, Carnival Cruise Lines
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Dr. Zachariah P. Zachariah, Medical Director UHealth Cardiology, University of Miami Health System
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Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Former NBA Player
Eduardo M. Peñalver, Allan R. Tessler Dean and Professor of Law, Cornell Law School
Edward W. Easton, Founder, Chairman and CEO, The Easton Group
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Florida Chamber of Commerce
Florida Citrus Mutual
Florida Farm Bureau Federation
Florida Forestry Association
Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association
Florida Home Builders Association
Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association
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Florida Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association
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Jack Latvala, Former Florida State Senator
Jack Lowell, Executive Vice President, Colliers International South Florida
Jane Herron, Steering Committee Member, The IMPAC Fund
Javier Mora
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Jeffrey Berkowitz, Chairman and Founder, Berkowitz Development Group
Joe Garcia, Co-Chairman, Mercury
Joe Natoli, Executive Vice President, Baptist Health South Florida
Joe Reilly, Director of External Affairs, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital
John Hart, President, Hart Consulting Group
John McIntire, Chairman, Cuba Emprende
Jorge Rico, Managing Partner, MBF Healthcare Partners
Jose Bared, Chairman, Farm Stores and Gardeners Supermarket
Jose R. “Pepi” Gonzalez, Owner, Pepi Bertini
Jose R. Rodriguez, Partner In-Charge Audit Committee Institute, KPMG LLP
Joseph Berardo Jr. CEO, Concordia Care, Inc.
Josh Weber, Director of Business Development, MBF Healthcare Partners
Juan Ortiz, CEO, Palm Medical Centers
Julio Avael III, President and CEO, Wentworth Hampshire
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Lourdes Torres, Senior Vice President Political Coverage, Univision
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Many H’s LLC
Maria Lopez Alvarez, Vice-President and Co-Director, Univision
Mario Cartaya, CEO, Cartaya and Associates, PA
Mario Murgado, CEO Brickell Motors
Marivel Andreu, Managing Director, Celedinas Insurance
Mark Blank, CEO, Gulfstream Companies
Marleine Bastien, Executive Director, Family Advocacy Network Movement (FANM)
Martin Burkett, Co-Chair, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Practice, Akerman LLP
Martin Merzer, President, Martin Merzer Creative Services
Mary Kowarick, Chief Financial Officer, MBF Healthcare Partners
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Mayor Francis Suarez, City of Miami
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Michael Fernandez, Chairman, MBF Healthcare Partners
Michael Finney, President and CEO, Miami-Dade Beacon Council
Michael Marquez, Managing Director, Bessemer Trust
Michelle Sanchez
Mickey Arison, Chairman, Carnival Cruise Lines
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Rene Garcia, Florida State Senator
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