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Several civil organizations launched a travel alert for Florida a couple of weeks agoso that immigrants would not put themselves at risk, mainly the undocumented, but a new warning was released this Wednesday.
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the largest and oldest Hispanic organization in the United States, issued a travel alert to Florida, in addition to its president, Domingo García, warning that he would soon present a lawsuit against the state.
“We believe that Florida has committed several very cruel, immoral and unfair uses with immigrants (by using them) as political piñatas with the purpose of obtaining votes basically,” Garcia said.
The activist and defender of immigrants refers mainly to the new law signed by Republican Governor Ron DeSantiswhich contemplates punishments for undocumented immigrants, their families and those who help them.
“Florida is a dangerous state, with a hostile environment for law-abiding Americans and immigrants,” Garcia said.
Garcia says that LULAC will file a lawsuit in federal court once SB 1718 goes into effect, that is, starting July 1.
The immigrant advocate also said that a campaign will be launched against politicians who promote “racism and xenophobia.”
Jeremy Redfern, DeSantis’ press secretary, dismissed LULAC’s threat, according to a report by the Tallahassee Democrat portal.
The DeSantis law, among other aspects, punishes with prison for those who transport immigrant to Florida from other states, in addition to requiring employers to implement the E-Verify system to ensure that a person has permission to work in the US.
SH 1718 has a direct approach against undocumented immigrants. An estimated 800,000 immigrants with that status live in Florida.
The law has provoked rejection from various groups, including carriers, who have started a movement on social networks, such as TikTok and Twitter, to avoid sending products to that entity.
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