When Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law e-verify requirements for undocumented workers last week, immigration lobbyists viewed it as penalizing them for having been born in countries that are in turmoil. But America First advocates say it’s a victory for Americans.

“Our hearts break for the Floridians who today are more persecuted,” said Tessa Petit, executive director of the Florida Immigrant Coalition. “Their home state is telling them they hate them.”

Senate Bill 1718 requires businesses employing more than 25 workers to use E-verify to determine employment eligibility, makes it a felony to use false identification to obtain eligibility, and allows for license revocation or considerable fines if an employer violates E-verify requirements four times in a 24-month period.

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