Eliminating the Strongest Magnet Attracting Illegal Aleins to Florida

Representative Joe Gruters R FL Dist 73

Florida Representative Joe Gruters (R-Dist 73)

Several years ago I met Joe Gruters, now just elected State Representative Joe Gruters of District 73, at a Republican Executive Committee meeting. During the course of our conversation he mentioned we shared the same views on opposing illegal immigration.

Just elected to the State House, Joe has wasted no time in going after the strongest magnet attracting illegal aliens and that is jobs. Eliminate the jobs magnet and illegal aliens have no reason to come. He just filed HB 443 which requires all employers to employ legal workers only. Failure to do so and if caught can result in fines and loss of license for extended periods of time.

If passed and enforced it will be the most important tool in removing the magnet attracting illegal aliens. Without jobs, illegal aliens will self deport to other states or back to their home country dramatically reducing Florida taxpayer costs to educate, medicate and incarcerate them and their families. In our school system alone it costs taxpayers $1,600.00 more per year to teach non English speaking students how to speak English.

No one knows the exact number of illegal aliens in the state but estimates range around 900,000 with approximately 600,000 currently illegally employed. The impact of Joe’s legislation can have a significant impact on Florida’s economy over time reducing costs and freeing up jobs for legal workers.

Please contact your state representative and ask them to support HB 443. It will not be easy to get the bill passed with strong democrat opposition expected but the benefits it will bring are well worth the effort.

EDITORS NOTE: Florida House Bill 443 synopsis reads:

HB 443: Verification of Employment Eligibility


Verification of Employment Eligibility; Requires employers to use E-Verify system to verify employment eligibility; prohibits employer from knowingly or intentionally employing unauthorized alien; requires DBPR to adopt rules; provides responsibilities & powers of department; provides procedures for filing of complaint; provides criminal penalties; requires department to establish website for specified purposes; provides rebuttable presumption of compliance with this act; provides applicability; provides for severability.

To read the full bill click here.


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1 reply
  1. Marilynne Martin
    Marilynne Martin says:

    Its a start. However everyone must understand one important fact. The program E-Verify PROHIBITS employers from checking the eligibility of existing employees. You are only allowed to check the status of new employees.

    per E-Verify site – “Your employer may only check your employment eligibility in
    E-Verify if you are hired for a new job and not if you are currently working for him/
    her. ” https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/nativedocuments/e-ver-employee-rights.pdf

    So an “E-Verify” company does not necessarily mean all employee have been verified.


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