In December of 2022, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) sent letters to multiple companies requesting that they provide documentation showing that they are in compliance with the state’s e-verify laws.

The law requires private employers to verify a person’s employment eligibility by proving their legal residence in the United States after accepting a job offer.

Still, some companies have not complied with the law.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis stated that companies would face more severe consequences in the near future if they did not comply with the law, leading to the DEO to send out letters giving companies one final ultimatum before they lose licenses essential to conducting business in the Sunshine State.

The letter was sent to multiple high-profile companies in the state, including  Prestige Cruise Services LLC, Upperline Health Inc, and the American National Red Cross.

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Florida is threatening to suspend licenses for businesses failing to provide proof of E-Verify compliance, which ensures they are not employing illegal immigrants. It comes as part of its greater effort to protect Florida residents and their jobs as the nation faces a mass immigration crisis on the southern border.

The Department of Economic Opportunity sent letters to several businesses, flagging the various companies for “repeat non-responsiveness” to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).

“If you persist and fail to respond to the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), there will be significant consequences,” the letters reads, warning that the notice serves as the “final opportunity to respond before consequences are initiated.”

It adds that the DEP will “not grant any extensions” or excuses for nonresponses. The companies had one month from the date of the letter to provide an affidavit stating the company will comply with the law and terminate the employment of illegal aliens.

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