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Immigration reform would likely be beneficial to Florida businesses

It is likely that many people in the state of Florida think about immigration reform in the context of it being beneficial to individuals who at some point entered the United States to live, without proper documentation. While it would undoubtedly have a positive impact for those individuals, it could also have a positive impact for businesses in the state as well.

In an effort to turn this into a reality, the Florida business lobby is doing what it can to show its support for changes said to be in the works by the federal government. Groups participating in the campaign include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Chamber of Commerce. In addition to seeking to provide a route to citizenship to many already in the state working without proper paperwork, businesses are hoping to also find a way for more temporary foreign workers to make their way into the state.

There are a variety of different types of jobs for which Florida employers are clamoring for workers including those at:

  • Farms
  • Hotels
  • High-tech industries

While states throughout the nation will likely be impacted as a result of any changes to the immigration system, Florida is arguably one that will feel it the greatest. Of the estimated 11 million individuals throughout the country who would likely be able to seek citizenship, approximately 825,000 of those people currently reside in Florida.

This push looks to be a bipartisan one with individuals from both sides of the aisle joining together. We will continue to provide updates on the matter as they become available.

Source: SunSentinel, "Florida business backs immigration overhaul," William E. Gibson, Jan. 17, 2013

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