FWD.us Florida Coalition

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community activists, and concerned citizens who believe that our immigration system is fundamentally broken and outdated.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)

FWD.us Florida Coalition Coalition Organizer

Sam Aguilar
Florida Organizing Associate

Quotes Bipartisan Support for Immigration Reform in Florida

"We should have a path to legal status for the 12 million people here illegally – that means, come out from the shadows, pay a fine, earn legal status by working, paying taxes, learning english, not committing crimes... I think that's the conservative, consensus, pragmatic approach to how to solve this problem."
Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL)
January 28, 2016
"We have a unique opportunity to secure the borders, fix our broken immigration system, and strengthen our economy. This system is not going to fix itself, and delaying a commonsense solution is only going to make matters worse."
Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R-25)
July 10, 2014
"We simply cannot deport 11 million people. That would be unreasonable. It would ruin our economy. But anyone who is here must follow the rules, pay taxes, learn English and go to the end of the line. If they do that, they should have a shot at citizenship."
Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL)
January 28, 2013
"It is time for Congress to get serious about overhauling our nation's immigration laws. We must pass an immigration reform package that commits the resources necessary to secure our border, modernize our visa system, and create a tough, but fair, legalization framework for individuals who are already here. With over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in our country today, the immigration issue is no longer a problem that can be ignored or used as a pawn in political games."
Representative Carlos Curbelo (R-26)
February 18, 2015
"The people who are against illegal immigration and make that the core of their argument view it only as a law and order issue. But we know it's much more than that. Yes, it is a law & order issue, but it's also a human issue. These are real people. These are human beings who have children, and hopes, and dreams. These are people that are doing what virtually any of us would do if our children were hungry, if their countries were dangerous, if they had no hope for their future. And too often in our conversation about immigration that perspective is lost. Who among us would not do whatever it took to feed our children and provide for them a better future?"
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
March 5, 2013

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