Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ties E-Verify to public safety

Posted at 11:10 AM, Nov 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 11:10:46-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is beginning his push to get Florida lawmakers to require employers to use a federally operated electronic database to verify the immigration status of workers.

At a news conference on Monday in The Villages, the governor tied the system known as E-Verify with the battle against so-called sanctuary cities and public safety.

He was joined by two parents who say loved ones were killed by immigrants in Florida illegally, including the mother of a woman who was in a traffic accident involving an undocumented immigrant.

DeSantis renewed his support for a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border and he said E-verify is a necessary step to keep undocumented immigrants from Florida.

Some lawmakers, including some of the governor’s fellow Republicans, have expressed concern and vowed scrutiny.