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.
With the completion of forms for the most recent census still fresh in many peoples' minds, numbers are beginning to be released. Last month the U.S. Census released population growth numbers and the state of Florida continues to be in the top five throughout the country where population is concerned. In total, since 2010, its population grew by 235,000.
In communities throughout the nation, including Miami, Florida, individuals who are living in the United States without proper documentation are interested in finding ways to change their immigration status to remain in the country. These individuals are here for a variety of reasons, and are engaged in a variety of activities. Some are becoming educated, attaining college degrees and beyond. For at least one Florida man in this situation, the focus has been to obtain a law degree by attending law school.
It doesn't seem that immigration laws in Alabama would have much impact on Florida. But a recent feature by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting shows how a new immigration law in Alabama has sent a steady stream of illegal workers across Florida's borders.The new Alabama law requires police officers to check the immigration status of any people they stop for driving violations and detain or arrest them if the officers suspect the people may be in the country illegally. If these people are unable to produce papers stating that they are in the country legally, police are ordered to take them into their stations for processing, the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting says.
If Florida Governor Rick Scott has his way, immigration laws throughout the state will become stricter. The governor is seeking to push an immigration bill that would affect both employers and state law enforcement.