How will Florida employers be affected by the Trump administration’s plan for immigration reform and what should they do to ensure that they do not fall afoul of increased immigration enforcement? President Donald Trump wants to protect the jobs, wages and security of Americans by securing American borders and enforcing U.S. immigration laws. Among other things, his immigration plan calls for constructing a wall, tripling the number of border agents, suspending so-called “sanctuary cities,” mandating the use of E-Verify and removing undocumented workers from the United States.

Restaurants, hotels, supermarkets and farmers, as well as real estate developers and construction companies are abundant in Florida where tourism is the number-one industry and the population is growing. In the food and construction industries, many of the jobs are lesser-skilled, wages are often low, margins are small and turnover is high. Although the enforcement of our immigration laws will doubtless affect employers nationwide, it comes as no surprise that employers in the construction and food industries in Florida are particularly concerned about the impact of President Trump’s immigration plan on their businesses.

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