2Center for American Progress | Florida Shouldn’t Make Arizona’s Mistake
has he poenial o severely afec his vial source o revenue. Arizona saw a oal losso $217 millionin direc spending by convenion atendees, along wih an addiional$535.4 millionin los ax revenues, economic oupu, and earnings in he immediae wake o S.B. 1070’s enacmen.
Latinos will flock to places where they feel welcome.
Florida sands o see similar i no worse cus o heir ourism and convenion indusries i he Arizona-like legisla-ion is successul. Tis popular desinaion or Cenral and Souh Americans wouldineviably become less appealing as he sae would gain a repuaion or being unwel-coming o immigrans and especially o Lainos. Adam Punam, ormerly a Republicancongressman and currenly Florida’s agriculure commissioner,said , “We are known asa diverse, welcoming sae or inernaional invesors, inernaional enrepreneurs …paricularly rom Lain America. We have o be very careul abou messages we sendexplicily and implicily.”
Florida businesses stand to lose greatly
Florida oranges will go unpicked.
Florida, which hasmore han wicehe numbero undocumened immigrans as Arizona, depends on immigrans o do he jobs Americans simply reuse o perorm. Reggie Brown, execuive vice presiden o heFlorida omao Growers Exchange,saida sae immigraion law “would basically elimi-nae he omao indusry rom he sae. … in agriculure we are oally dependen upona hand process wih no opporuniy in he oreseeable uure o do anyhing diferen.”
Checking legal status isn’t easy.
Many small businesses hroughou Florida do nohave he resources o pu each poenial employee hrough he E-Veriy sysem. “I don’hink mos small businesses would have he capabiliy or he resources o efecively ell i someone is illegal or no,”saidDon Sanos, pas presiden o he reasure CoasBuilders Associaion and presiden o Sanos Consrucion in Suar, FL.
Immigrants are consumers and job creators.
Florida businesses would sand o loseemployees under he proposed bills as well as a large porion o heir cusomer base.Te ciy o Riverside, NJ , became a shell o is ormer sel as 45 percen o is businessesclosed and 75 percen o immigrans, legal and undocumened alike, le aer he ciy passed an ani-immigran ordinance.
Fewer immigrants mean less tax revenue for Florida
Immigrants are taxpayers, too.
Florida’s scal cofers have been hi paricularly hardduring he economic downurn, and he sae’s expeced budge shorall has grown o$3.6 billionhis year. Wih undocumened immigrans conribuing$4.5 billiona year
in ax revenues, now is no he ime o eliminae his sable ax base.