To voice their opposition to a proposal that lawmakers are debating during this week’s special session, immigrant supporters gathered on Tuesday at the Farmworker Association in Apopka.
The governor would be able to transport immigrants to and from any location in the nation thanks to the Unauthorized Aliens Transport Program.
The proposal, according to supporters, would harm families and the economy. However, proponents of the idea claim that it would improve incomes and job possibilities for Americans.
“Tessa Petit, executive director of the Florida Immigrant Coalition, declared that it was time for Floridians to take a stance against the unfair treatment and persistent harassment of immigrants in this state.
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The proposal follows last year’s relocation of a group of South American migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard.
The “unmanageable demand on local resources” and “the potential for negative repercussions, such as increased crime, lost economic opportunities, and wages for American workers,” are cited as benefits by those who embrace it.
However, pro-immigration groups assert that immigrants significantly contribute to the economy by filling crucial labor shortages and generating jobs. “Immigrants have over $100 billion in purchasing power only in the state of Florida,” stated Samuel Vilchez Santiago of the American Business Immigration Coalition Action. “We are business owners, and we pay taxes. In Orlando, 36% of business owners and employment producers are foreign-born.”
After the flights to Martha’s Vineyard, a legal dispute ensued. They were funded by a $12 million fund set up specifically to transport migrants from Florida.
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The proposal would allocate an additional $10 million to the new program, money that supporters claim they would rather to use for housing and food.
They contend that the proposal would uproot families trying to flee repressive, socialist regimes and claim that not enough information regarding the program’s operation has been made public.
“There are absolutely no accountability mechanisms for the use of this money, and because we are aware of their history, there is also no safeguard in place to protect the people who would be the targets of this abuse, according to Petit.
Sen. Blaise Ingoglia and Rep. John Snyder both submitted identical bills pertaining to the plan in the Senate and House.
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