Americans for Immigrant Justice executive director Shalyn Fluharty joined WEDU for a panel discussing Florida’s anti-immigrant law SB 1718 and its effects on our state and communities.
“This is a real problem, not just because it’s uprooting members of our community—Floridians who have been here for years based upon the fear that they face—but also because we know that we have such a critical labor shortage here in Florida,” said Fluharty.
“Reports say that of every 100 open jobs that are available in this moment, we only have 53 workers to fill those positions. And that in the agricultural industry, 46% of our labor comes from individuals who are undocumented. So yes, I would say that this is a real problem for our state.”