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Immigration News Today: Florida’s New Immigration Law Creates Panic

Just have a minute? Here are the top stories you need to know about immigration. This summary was featured in Documented’s Early Arrival newsletter. You can subscribe to receive it in your inbox three times per week here.

New York

Applications are still open for our Isaac Rauch Fellowship:

Documented is seeking an ambitious reporter who wants to write about issues affecting New York’s immigrant communities to apply to the Isaac Rauch Fellowship. — Read more here, and click here for a direct link to apply

Immigrant justice nonprofits launch ¡Reclamo! to help immigrant workers fight wage theft:

Reclamo (or “Reclaim” in Spanish) helps low-wage, immigrant workers seek economic justice and pursue wage theft claims. — Read more about it here and in Spanish here

Few states’ health benefits include organ transplants for undocumented immigrants. Can New York be next?

Lack of Social Security numbers and health insurance often impedes undocumented immigrants from receiving transplants, even when a relative offers a kidney. — The New York Times

Around the U.S. 

Florida workers abandoning their work in response to DeSantis anti-immigrant law: 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the immigration bill last week, allocating $12 million for the transport of migrants to other states. Florida is home to about 772,000 undocumented immigrants. — Read the full details of the Florida legislation here 

  • Some highlights of the law: 
  • It makes it a felony to drive certain undocumented immigrants into Florida, even if they’re part of one’s family.
  • It bans attorneys with DACA status from practicing law in the state starting in November 2028.
  • It lets Florida hospitals ask about immigration status
  • It orders police to ignore out-of-state drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants — and more here

Read the statement announcing the law here and an information flier from Gov. DeSantis office about the law here.

New Florida immigration law creates panic in agriculture, hospitality industries:

Some farm and hospitality workers are already too scared to go to work and are considering leaving the state, which could cause a huge staffing crisis. — WPTV, WPLG Local 10

DeSantis signs bill banning DEI degrees at Florida colleges:

He signed the legislation Monday defunding diversity, equity and inclusion programs at Florida’s public colleges and allowing a removal of programs that teach “identity politics.” — Axios

DeSantis sending more than 1,100 Florida officers and National Guard soldiers to border:

DeSantis deployed state agencies, including law enforcement and the Florida National Guard, to Texas. — The Hill

Washington D.C.

Experts push Congress to allow more high-skilled immigrants to compete with China:

The development of A.I., the semiconductor industry, and the defense workforce in the U.S. will heavily rely on international STEM talent, experts say. — Axios

Immigrants and their kids make up 70% of U.S. labor force growth since 1995: From 1995 to 2022, the U.S. labor force increased by 32.8 million workers. About 22.8 million of them were immigrant workers and children of immigrants. — Cato Institute

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