120+ of Florida's business leaders are uniting in opposition to SB 168, HB 527, and other anti-immigrant legislation
An Open Letter to Florida's Elected Leaders
Dear Governor DeSantis, Senate President Galvano, and Speaker Oliva:
Florida’s business leaders rely on the optimism and entrepreneurship of our hardworking immigrants. Immigrants are vital to the Florida economy and help create and sustain job growth. Immigrants represent over 25 percent of our workforce and employ over 500,000 fellow Floridians. It is their innovative spirit that keeps us moving forward. Anti-immigrant legislation will inflict long-lasting damage to the state of Florida, which is why we oppose SB168.
With unemployment at near-record lows, Florida's economy cannot afford this harmful legislation. According to a new NAE study, 85.8 percent of undocumented immigrants in Florida are of working age (ages 16-64), and pay $1.7 billion each year in taxes. SB 168 could result in a 10 percent immigrant exodus from Florida to deliver an annual loss of $121.4M in taxes and $3.5B in GDP, threatening the economic prosperity and safety of all Floridians.
Horrendous human trafficking violations plaguing Florida are national news. SB168 plays right into the traffickers' hands. They use the fear of deportation to manipulate their victims. They ensure their victims are afraid to talk to the police, or even go to the hospital. This bill, no matter how nuanced the final product may be, gives traffickers another tool to terrorize and enslave their victims.
As Florida Farmer of the Year, Paul DiMaire or "Mr. Tomato" stated, “The agricultural industry I work in will be devastated. Florida accounts for 56 percent of U.S. citrus production and ranks second in value of vegetable production. Policies like SB 168 will drive away agriculture’s labor force and leave Florida farmers without options.”
This bill erodes trust between police and immigrants and thereby threatens the safety of ALL Floridians. When immigrants are afraid to report and be witnesses of crime, we all lose. We’re asking you, as our elected leaders in Tallahassee, to stop this wrong-minded legislation and focus on solutions to real problems in our state.
To criminalize and target our immigrant community is not only mean-spirited but displays a complete and utter disregard for the facts. Immigrants - documented and undocumented - are less likely to commit a crime than native-born citizens. A new report from the libertarian think-tank CATO Institute finds that “undocumented immigrants are 49 percent less likely to be incarcerated than native-born Americans.”
Anti-immigrant legislation like SB168 is a threat to Florida’s reputation, our public safety, our ability to welcome tourists and recruit new workers, and ultimately, our economy. We encourage you to bring all stakeholders to the table to find common ground and address our state’s challenges in a way that encourages pro-business, pro-immigrant, and pro-public safety policies.
Mike Fernandez, MBF Healthcare Partners Chairman
John Rowe, Exelon Chairman Emeritus
Jose Alvarez, MBF Healthcare Partners CFO, Portfolio Companies
Sheldon Anderson, Sheldon T. Anderson Consulting Consultant
Tony Argiz, Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra Chairman and CEO
Felix Bartolomei, Fairwinds
Joseph Berardo, MBF Healthcare Partners Operating Partner
Al Cardenas, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP Senior Partner
Mario Cartaya, Cartaya and Associates Architects, P.A. CEO
Rudy Cecchi, Rudy Cecchi & Associates President
Carlos de Cespedes, Carl Jhones Managing Director
Manny Diaz, Lydecker Diaz Partner (Former Mayor of Miami)
Bob Dickinson, Carnival Cruise Lines Former CEO
Paola Dominguez, Flagler Bank
Joel Flores, Nucleus Marketing Agency
Pedro Freyre, Akerman Chair, International Practice
Rene Garcia, Rene Garcia and Associates State Senator, 38th District
Ricardo Garcia, HAVOC Media Group
Enrique Gonzalez, Fragomen Worldwide Partner
Juan Claudio Gonzalez, Best Rest USA
Felice Gorordo, eMerge Americas CEO
Gwen Graham, Former Representative, Florida's 2nd Congressional District
Shannon Hardwick, Signature Real Estate
John Hart, Former Broward County Commissioner
Fr. Fernando Heria, St. Brendan Catholic Church Supervising Principal
Agustin Herran, General Real Estate
Jane Herron, Mrs. Richard Herron, Community Volunteer
Steve Hough, Florida Fair and Open Primaries, Inc.Director
Linda Julien, City of North Miami Compliance Manager
Olen Kalkus, Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart Head Master
Mitchell Kaplan, Books and Books Owner
William Kunkler, CC Industries, Inc. Executive Vice President
Lindsey Lambaz, Evolve
Richard Lamondin, EcoSystems CEO and Co-Founder
Thomas Liberti, Clear Health Alliance (An Anthem Company) Senior Consultant
Abraham Lopez, Abraham Lopez Consulting
Vicki Lopez, VLL Consulting Owner
Douglas McIntosh, McIntosh Sawran & Cartaya, P.A.
Daniel Crowe Mikesell, Cielo Ventures Founder
Carson Mitchell, Tallahassee Area Association of Environmental Professionals Board Member
Alberto Morales, One Seed President
Laz Mur, Lazaro Mur Esq.
Jose Nodarse, MBF Healthcare Partners Vice President of Finance
Oscar Nodarse, Hola TV General Manager
Dr. Talal Nofal, Tender Touch Health Care Services Chief Clinical Officer
Wilfredo Ortiz, NY Life
Wissam Otaky, H2 Advisors
Osvaldo Pagan, Latin Brands Corp
Rosie Paulsen, Rosie Paulsen Enterprises
Alex Penelas, Alex Penelas, P.A. Attorney (Former Mayor of Miami-Dade County)
Sergio Pino, Century Homebuilders Group, LLC
Jacob Rhodes, Kobi's Place Owner
Alex Rizo, Den & Will Turf
José Javier Rodríguez
Kari Rojas, Kisselback Ford
Nathan Rosenstein, SolarTech Universal
Einatan Rudolph, Seaborn Strategic
Sam Scott, Corn Products International (Now Ingredion) Retired CEO
Pam Segal, UBS Financial Services, Inc. Senior Vice President
Ronald Silver, Former State Senator and Attorney
Richard Simring, Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph Consultant
Carlos Guillermo Smith, Florida House of Representatives
Mike Tomas, US Stem Cell Inc. President and CEO
Jay Tome, Our Children PSN
Marta Torroella-Kouri, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Maria Tyler, Bessemer TrustPrincipal, Senior Client Advisor
Raul Valdes-Fauli, City of Coral Gables Mayor
Steven Vancore, VancoreJones Communications Partner
Ricky Vescovacci, EFINorth America Channel Sales Manager
Chris Wills, T.E.A.M. 305 Team Leader
Stacey A Benjamin
Gary G. Friend II
Dorothy Fulcher Meigs
William R Layman
Barbara Mainster Rollason
Kristen Rosen Gonzalez
Martha V. Talavera
Susan Gill Williamson
SB168/HB527 is an anti-immigrant bill, targeting our most vulnerable neighbors.
1 in 5 Floridians is an immigrant. 20% are without documents.
It’s an attempt at a massive deportation campaign.
Punishes those who fled violence & poverty to find safety here.
Ruins Florida’s reputation of being a welcoming, inclusive state.
SB168/HB527 will overwhelm local law enforcement - making all Floridians less safe.
Florida I.C.E. detainers are notorious for deporting documented U.S. citizens.
This bill hands over all of these responsibilities to our local police.
Distracts local officers from their everyday responsibilities.
Forces officers to work longer hours than they already do.
Erodes trust between law enforcement & our communities.
Scares immigrants from reporting a crime or seeking help.
SB168/HB527 will destroy our economy, which heavily relies on immigrants.
The bill would cost Florida billions and includes a hidden tax to be paid by everyone.
1 in 3 self-employed business owners is an immigrant.
This bill could persuade at least 10% of immigrants to leave Florida
Florida will suffer financially without our immigrant neighbors:
$121.4 million loss in taxes
Loss of $3.5 billion in GDP
$1.4 Billion loss in wage earnings
The Immigration Partnership and Coalition Fund (IMPAC) works to change public policy around immigration through building a coalition of reasonable, rational moderates to facilitate bipartisan action that is economically necessary, politically smart, and morally correct. Learn more at https://impacfund.org.
The American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC) promotes sensible immigration reform that supports the economy of the United States, provides American companies with both the high-skilled and low-skilled talent they need, and allows the integration of immigrants into our economy as consumers, workers, entrepreneurs, and citizens. For more information, visit http://americanbic.biz.