Breitbart: Florida Gov. Ron Desantis has scored a big — but partial — victory in Florida when a GOP-controlled committee approved a loopholed version of his mandatory E-Verify bill.
The bill survived a committee review with a 4:2 vote on February 11, partly because the amended bill creates several large loopholes for the business groups that fiercely oppose the popular bill.
Employers’ lobbies oppose mandatory use of the federal E-Verify database because it would force employers to exclude illegal immigrants from jobs. Without easy access to illegal workers, employers are pressured to raise wages for Americans who work in construction, hospitality, and agriculture.
So the bill is also opposed by investors’ groups, including the FWD.us group that was founded by billionaires Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, and which includes a host of other investors in real estate and transportation. FWD.us issued a report acknowledging that the state likely includes 700,000 illegal immigrants, including roughly 440,000 workers.
Some business lobbyists admit that rising wages are a boon for politicians. “Are rising wages good for national politics?” Breitbart News asked January 9 during the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of American Business event.
“You’re damn right they are,” responded Tom Donohue, the CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, adding:
They are good for national politics if you’re a politician, for sure. And it’s good for national politics if you want people to feel more engaged in the healthy part of the economy and go out and vote to keep it that way. If you look the other side of your question: ‘Are decreasing wages good for national politics?’ Hell, no.
If you have ten people for every job, you’re not gonna have a drive [up] in wages. [But] if you have five people for every ten jobs, wages are going to go up.”
Desantis’s support for American employees is helping to push up his polling support before his 2022 reelection.
The Miami Herald report on the 4:2 vote said it came after business groups won big loopholes:
The proposal is the strictest of its kind filed this year, as it includes both public and private employers in the mandate, at least initially crossing both the business and agriculture lobbies. Two other bills, sponsored by Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, and Rep. Cord Byrd, R-Neptune Beach, exempt private employers, who serve as some of the state’s biggest political campaign donors. MORE