Latino truckers are asking other drivers to suspend all pickups and deliveries in Florida on Saturday to protest Florida's new immigration law requiring employers to verify proof of lawful presence in the United States of job applicants, which also goes into effect on Saturday.
Yesterday, hundreds marched near downtown Fort Myers to protest the new law which imposes penalties and restrictions, including criminal charges for those who transport people without permanent legal status into the state.
The new law also requires employers with more than 25 employees to use the federal E-Verify system to verify residency status. Companies in violation can be fined up to $1000 per day.
The Florida Policy Institute estimates that some Florida industries including construction could lose up to 10% of their workforce when forced to make sure they are not illegally hiring people who are in the country illegally