The FWD.us Florida Coalition is a bipartisan alliance of elected officials, business leaders, community activists, and concerned citizens who believe that our immigration system is fundamentally broken and outdated. We support commonsense solutions that will move our immigration system into the 21st century by improving national security, matching our legal visa system with the country's economic needs and offering an earned pathway to citizenship for qualifying undocumented immigrants.
Florida has a rich history as a point of entry for immigrants to the United States, and all across the state immigrants contribute to the growth, economics, and culture in cities and suburbs alike. Florida only stands to benefit from meaningful reforms to our broken immigration system. New immigrant business owners in Florida generated 24% of all net business income ($13.3 billion) in 2010, and legal status for Florida's unauthorized workers would generate an additional $1.13 billion in tax revenue and create 97,000 new jobs (Center for American Progress).
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The White House has announced the draft of a program that will make it easier for talented foreign inventors, researchers, and startup founders to continue creating jobs in the United States. Before the entrepreneur program can go into effect, the administration has opened a public comment period.