TALLAHASSEE, FL (January 24, 2010) – Immigration is critical to Florida’s economy, and further immigration restrictions will have a negative economic impact, leading economic development professional Dr. Dale A. Brill, President of the Florida Chamber Foundation, today told members of the Florida Senate Immigration Workshop.
“For any immigration reform to succeed, it must acknowledge the research evidence that demonstrates both the positive economic factors associated with immigration, as well as strains placed on the state and local governments,” Brill said. “Appropriately managed immigration must meet labor market demands while respecting the rule of law.”
Brill, who heads the research arm of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, presented the Florida Chamber Foundation’s independent review of existing research – Immigration and Florida’s Economy – during the second of three Immigration Workshop meetings being held by the Florida Senate.
Immigration and Florida’s Economy research concludes that:
1. Diversity and innovation is good for Florida’s economy,
2. Collaboration is needed to address the cost burden of unauthorized immigration at the state and local levels, and
3. Florida should replace unauthorized immigration with legal immigration that mirrors the economic cycle.
“It’s critical that Florida protect its strong brand as a state that welcomes tourists, promotes international trade, and supplies much of the nation’s fruits and vegetables,” said Adam Babington, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Florida must use caution with any immigration restrictions to help ensure we don’t provoke an economic boycott or restrict economic growth.”
Babington, who presented the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s policy perspective to Senators, reminded lawmakers that immigration enforcement is the responsibility of the federal government.
“While immigration reform is the feds responsibility, there may be specific areas where Florida is in a position to help facilitate enforcement,” Babington added.
To read the complete Immigration and Florida’s Economy research report, visit www.flchamber.com.
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