Florida Compact

on Immigration

 

We the signers of the Florida Compact on Immigration, are committed to common-sense immigration reforms to strengthen our economy and attract talent and business to our state.

 

We recognize the critical role immigration plays in driving economic growth. Hence, we support bipartisan immigration policies that ensure our federal system meets the needs of our labor market; finds a solution for undocumented Floridians who make vital contributions to our state’s economy; secures the border; and enforces our nation’s laws. Florida’s immigration policies should reaffirm our global reputation as a welcoming and business-friendly state.

 

We urge state leaders and Florida Members of Congress to adopt these six principles of the Florida Compact on Immigration:

 

1. FEDERAL RESPONSIBILITY: Immigration policy is a federal issue between the U.S. government and other countries. Florida’s delegation in Congress should work to enact federal immigration policy that improves our immigration system, keeps our communities safe, and protects our borders.

2. STRENGTHENING OUR ECONOMY & WORKFORCE: As the gateway to the Americas and Caribbean for commerce, culture and investment, Florida needs a robust workforce and policies that prioritize attracting and retaining international talent. Our immigration system must be flexible enough to address the needs of businesses while protecting the interests of workers. This includes a visa system that is both responsive and effective at meeting the demands of our economy. And it should acknowledge the critical role immigrants play in Florida’s economy as workers, taxpayers, and consumers. (As of 2017, immigrants contributed $7.8 billion in state and local taxes and held nearly $91.9 billion in spending power.)

 

3. A COMMON-SENSE APPROACH: Immigrants are part of our communities across Florida. A common-sense approach to this reality would reflect our values and recognizes the critical role immigration has played in our nation’s history and economy. Our immigration policies should provide a sensible path forward for immigrants who are here without legal status, are of good character, pay taxes, and are committed to becoming fully participating members of our society and culture — in particular, Florida Dreamers and TPS holders.

4. EFFECTIVE ENFORCEMENT: A sensible and honorable law enforcement strategy would focus on public safety, target serious crime, and safeguard witnesses and victims. We need a reasonable and predictable regulatory environment that considers the interests of, and unintended consequences to businesses, the workforce, and consumers. A broader reform effort ultimately needs to include ways that accurately, reliably, and affordably determine who is permitted to work— and ensure an adequate workforce for a growing economy.

 

5. FAMILY: Strong families are critical to developing successful individuals and cohesive communities. Our immigration policies should prioritize keeping close families together so as to ensure the most supportive home environments for all children.

6. COMPETITIVE COMMUNITIES: Communities that grow and attract talent are the ones who are welcoming to all. Local policies should nurture an environment that helps all residents to have the tools and opportunities they need to succeed.   

Signatories

Eltrose Farms


Gulf Fishermen’s Association


MBF Healthcare Partners


Tony Argiz
Chairman and CEO, Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra


Representative Vance Aloupis, Jr.
Florida House of Representatives


Cesar L. Alvarez
Senior Chairman, Greenberg Traurig


David A. Armstrong, J.D.
President, St. Thomas University


Joe Avetrani


Mitchell Berger

Co-Chairman and Founder,  Berger Singerman LLP

Mayor Juan Carlos “JC” Bermudez
City of Doral


Dr. Chad Bernstein
President, CEO, Co-Founder, Guitars Over Guns


Norman Braman
Chairman, Braman Motors


Al Cardenas


Jim Carr
CEO, CC Homes

Trustee,  Baptist Health South Florida

 

Alberto M. Carvalho
Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

 

Ambassador Paul L. Cejas
Board of Directors, IMPAC Fund

 

José Costa Sr.
Senior Executive, Costa Farms


Carlos M. Cruz
President, Cruz & Company


Carlos de la Cruz
Chairman, CC1 Companies


Jennings Lawton DePriest
Co-Founder and CEO, RallyWise


Lauren DePriest
President, Gulch Group


Manny Diaz
Senior Partner, Lydecker | Diaz


Mayor Buddy Dyer
City of Orlando


Dr. Donald Eastman III

President, Eckerd College

 

Ambassador John D. Feeley


Mack Feldman
Vice President, Feldman Equities


Representative Javier E. Fernández
Florida House of Representatives


Miguel “Mike” B. Fernandez
Chairman, MBF Healthcare Partners


Senator Anitere Flores
Florida Senate


Dr. Julio Frenk
President, University of Miami


Pedro A. Freyre
Chair, International Practice, Akerman


Julio Fuentes
President and CEO, Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


Terry Gibson
Principal, North Swell Media and Consulting Group


Enrique Gonzalez
Managing Partner, Fragomen


Xavier Gonzalez
Board Member,  Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce


Jose M. Gonzalez
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Florida East Coast Industries


Felice Gorordo
CEO, eMerge Americas


Dr. Hubert Grimes, Esq.

Interim President, Bethune-Cookman University

 

Matthew Grosack
Partner, Holland & Knight

 

Dr. George L. Hanbury II

President and CEO, Nova Southeastern University

 

Daniel Hernandez
President, Hialeah Chamber of Commerce & Industries

 

Edwin I. Hernandez, PhD

President & CEO, Advent Health University 

 

Ivan Herrera
CEO and Founder, UniVista Insurance


Dr. Kent Ingle
President, Southeastern University


Linda Julien
Board of Directors, IMPAC Fund


David Lawrence Jr.
Chair, The Children’s Movement of Florida


Aida Levitan
Board of Directors, IMPAC Fund


Jonathan Leyva
 Executive, CEM Global

 

Maria Lievano-Cruz
Director of Corporate Development, Florida East Coast Industries


Mandy Llanes
Chairman of the Board, Hialeah Chamber of Commerce & Industries


Ron Magill
Zoo Goodwill Ambassador and Communications Director, Zoo Miami


Richard Marquez
Executive Vice President, L&R Structural Corporation Inc.


José Mas
CEO, MasTec


Jason Mathis


Dr. T. Dwayne McCay
President, Florida Institute of Technology


Melissa Medina
President, eMerge Americas


Commissioner Michael Mena
City of Coral Gables


Lisa Mendelson
Board of Directors, IMPAC Fund


Alfredo Mesa
Miami


Cristina Miller
President, InterMedia Touch 

 

Andy Miyares
Executive Vice President, CC Devco LLC


Dr. Ed Moore
President, Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida


Alonzo Mourning
Board of Directors, IMPAC Fund


Mario Murgado
Board of Directors, IMPAC Fund


Dr. Eduardo Padrón
President, Miami Dade College


Darryl Parmenter
Chairman and CEO, Parmenter Realty Partners


Alex Penelas
Former Mayor of Miami-Dade County


Helena Poleo
President, Influence Communications


Representative Ana Maria Rodriguez
Florida House of Representatives


Andres Rodriguez
CEO, Influence Communications


Armando Rubio
Partner, Fields Howell, LLP


Pamela Segal Rhodes
Senior Vice President - Wealth Management, UBS Financial Services


Enrique Sosa
Retired Senior Vice President, Dow Chemical Company


Dr. Larry R. Thompson
President, Ringling College of Art and Design


Representative Jackie Toledo
Florida House of Representatives

 

Mark Trowbridge
President & CEO, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce

 

Will Ward
President, Ward Consulting Partners, LLC

 

Gary Wishnatzki
Owner, Wish Farms

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