Anti-immigration activists have taken a jibe at Governor
Rick Scott (R.) for his refusal to participate in the federal e-verify program.
The Billboard is on I-75 right at the Georgia border. The
text reads, “Welcome Illegal Aliens. We offer Jobs, Free Health Care, Education
and Benefits. Thank Governor Scott.” The
billboard was paid for by a non-profit organization called Floridians for Immigration
The organization is angry at Rick Scott for refusing to
participate in e-verify a voluntary federal program that checks the immigration
status of job applicants. Several states already participate in the program
Undocumented immigrants are able to hold jobs but face many
other obstacles and deportation if they don’t get the right visas or
citizenship. Immigration attorneys
are important when a person hope to attain legal status.
The Florida Chamber of Commerce, Associated Industries of
Florida and agricultural interests were instrumental in having the law blocked.
Hispanic activist have also criticized the e-verify program stating it will
lead to racial profiling which is driven by the notion that many Hispanic people
have not entered the country through legal means or immigration lawyers.
Immigration is a serious issue and in the system is in dire
need of reform, but a solution has not been clarified by either political
party. Until then immigration attorneys
can offer a legal route to eventual citizenship for the people who want to live
and work in the U.S.