Florida’s E-Verify Push, Explained
In 2021 Florida became the 22nd state to mandate employers use E-Verify, the federal system for checking the immigration status of potential workers.
The mandate applies only to state employers and contractors, but now Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis—ostensibly preparing for a presidential bid—wants to expand E-Verify mandates to include the private sector as well, part of a larger immigration package he announced at a news conference last month.
“Florida is a law and order state, and we won’t turn a blind eye to the dangers of Biden’s Border Crisis,” DeSantis said in a February statement.
But DeSantis and the Republican supermajority in Florida’s legislature faces opposition from a group that historically has often found common ground with the GOP—the business community.