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Contractors face uncertainty over new Florida immigration law

May 18, 2023

Aviral video shows a reportedly abandoned Florida jobsite. Local experts say immigrants who are not authorized to work in the U.S. have fled the state out of fear of deportation.

They’re reportedly moving in response to a new law signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis last week.

“Anecdotally, things have already gotten tougher in Florida in the last week,” Madelin Zavodny, labor economist and professor at the University of North Florida, told Construction Dive. “There’s a lot of fear among the unauthorized immigrant population about what the law means for them, and I’m sure their employers are getting nervous as well.”

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