Ron DeSantis, a Republican running for president, reportedly stated this week that if elected, he will endeavor to stop illegal immigration and will try to restrict legal immigration to the country.
The Florida governor made the comments in an opinion piece that appeared in USA Today and described his strategy for reviving the American economy.
On the campaign trail, DeSantis has prioritized immigration and border security, promising to halt the flow of illegal immigration into the country, construct the border wall, dismantle the Mexican cartels, and ensure state cooperation with federal immigration officials.
“I will create a fair labor market by securing the border, enforcing our laws, eliminating chain migration and the diversity visa lottery, and limiting low-skill immigration,” DeSantis wrote.
The law mandates that employers use E-Verify, penalizes those who hire illegal immigrants, increases the fines for those who are found trafficking, forbids local governments and NGOs from issuing identification to illegal immigrants, revokes all out-of-state driver’s licenses issued to illegal immigrants, and mandates hospitals to collect and report healthcare costs for illegal immigrants, among other things.
The majority of DeSantis’ immigration proposals are similar to those of former President Donald Trump.