In early May 2023, Governor DeSantis signed Senate Bill designed to promote lawful employment practices, deter human smuggling, ensure the integrity of government-issued IDs, and gather essential data regarding the costs of healthcare for illegal aliens.
This law intends to deter employers from knowingly hiring unauthorized workers by imposing strict penalties that are legally enforceable. Beginning on July 1, 2023, all employers with a workforce of 25 or more employees must utilize the E-Verify system, which verifies the eligibility of job applicants to work in the United States.
Moreover, the legislation aims to deter and disrupt the activities of organized smuggling networks, thereby safeguarding the welfare of vulnerable individuals who may fall victim to these crimes.
Additionally, this legislation restricts local governments from issuing Identification Cards (ID) to individuals in the country illegally. It also invalidates any ID cards issued to illegal aliens by other states, promoting uniformity and preventing misuse of identification documents.
Furthermore, this legislation mandates that hospitals collect and submit data on the costs of providing healthcare services to illegal aliens. This data collection serves as a basis for understanding the economic implications and can inform policy decisions related to healthcare funding and resource allocation.