BUSINESS LEADERS APPLAUD DEFEAT OF
HB 9/SB 308 “SHOW ME YOUR PAPERS” BILL
MIAMI, FL -- Business leaders applaud the Florida state legislature for defeating the anti-immigrant, anti-jobs HB 9/SB 308 “show me your papers” bill, which would have disrupted our workforce and eroded public trust in our communities between immigrants and law enforcement authorities.
HB9/SB308 would have turned Florida into a “show me your papers” state, requiring our schools, universities, and local police to act as immigration enforcers by reporting anyone who cannot prove lawful presence to federal immigration officials.
Despite a $700,000 ad buying campaign to promote HB 9/SB 308, the bill was defeated. Over 120 bipartisan Florida leaders led by MBF Healthcare Partners Chairman Mike Fernandez signed a lettercalling on Governor Scott, Senate President Negron, and Speaker Corcoran to oppose the bill. The defeat was so resounding that Florida Politics declared the bill to be one of the big "losers" emerging from the 2018 Florida Legislative Session.
The letter's more than 120 signatories included Greenberg Taurig Senior Chairman Cesar Alvarez, retired CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines Bob Dickinson, and Related Companies Chairman and CEO Steve Ross. The leaders cited the fact that similar anti-immigrant legislation passed in Arizona (SB 1070) resulted in the loss of $141 million in direct tourist spending and a 2 percent annual reduction in Arizona’s GDP from 2008 to 2015.
“Florida’s business leaders and job creators depend on the entrepreneurship, optimism, and innovative spirit of our hardworking immigrants,” stated MBF Healthcare Partners Chairman Mike Fernandez. “I thank Florida’s lawmakers for choosing a path forward that will make Florida a safer and more prosperous state for all of us by voting down HB 9/SB 308.”
“I commend the Florida state legislature for defeating HB 9/SB 308. Immigrants have long been the backbone of the agriculture industry here in Florida, and we rely on their hard work to remain competitive globally,” stated DiMare Distribution President and Florida Farmer of the Year Paul DiMare. “Anti-immigrant legislation in any form is a threat to Florida’s warm and welcoming reputation.”
Other states have a choice to make: Follow Florida and Illinois to advance pro-business, pro-immigrant legislation; or advance legislation that increases fear in their communities and damages their economy.
For Florida, the choice was clear. With immigrants currently representing over 25 percent of Florida's workforce and employing over 500,000 fellow Floridians, it is time to move forward and advance pro-business, pro-immigrant legislation that creates jobs and grows the economy.
Thank Senators for supporting pro-business, pro-immigrant legislation by defeating HB 9/SB 308 "show me your papers" bill!
Senate President Joe Negron: (850) 487-5025
Senator Anitere Flores: (850) 487-5039
Senator René García: (850) 487-5036