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Florida Businesses Report Negative Impact of State’s Immigration Law One Year Later

In Plant City, Florida, the agricultural community is feeling the impact of an immigration crackdown led by Governor Ron DeSantis, affecting the farmworkers and the economy. Many long-time workers have left due to fear of deportation, causing a labor shortage that is hurting businesses like Sanchez Farm and Wish Farms. The H-2A visa program is also criticized for its inefficiency and high costs, leading to exploitation of workers. Other industries like construction and hospitality are also struggling to find workers. The law has created a climate of fear, prompting some, like business owner Ana Maria Perez, to consider leaving Florida.


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