What You Need to Know About the New Law in Florida (FL 1718) that Affects Undocumented Immigrants
On May 9, 2023, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 1718 (FL 1718) into law. This law is an effort to make it harder for undocumented immigrants to live and work in Florida. Here’s a summary of the law, which will take effect on July 1, 2023: FL 1718 is a new law in Florida that will make it harder for undocumented individuals to live and work in the state. It has rules about transporting people, collecting information at hospitals, checking employment status, and getting licenses. While the full impact of this law is not yet known, it is expected to have a big effect on Florida’s economy.
The Meaning of Unlawful Presence
What Unlawful Presence Means Unlawful presence is staying in the U.S. after your authorizing document (for example, your visa) has expired, or presence without being formally admitted or paroled. Admitted means you lawfully entered the U.S. after inspection and authorization by an immigration officer such as a customs and border patrol officer. Entering without inspection (aka EWI) means a person entered the U.S. without documents. Paroled means you were lawfully allowed to enter the U.S. without admission documents. This option is mainly for humanitarian reasons. How You Accrue Unlawful Presence As briefly mentioned above, unlawful presence comes (a) when you stay in the U.S. after your document expires, (b) when…