Grand Jury Calls for Immigration Moves

Grand Jury Calls for Immigration Moves

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida

TALLAHASSEE — A statewide grand jury has issued a 146-page report that calls for taking a series of steps to try to curb illegal immigration, saying “it will be up to Florida and other states to help themselves, at least in the short term,” as problems go unsolved at the federal level.

The report, posted Monday on the Florida Supreme Court website, includes calling for further attempts to crack down on businesses that hire undocumented immigrants, probing non-government organizations and collecting fees on transfers of money from Florida to other countries.

“We learned that, if anything, many Floridians are (just as we were before undertaking this inquiry) almost dangerously naive and unaware of the true magnitude and malevolence of the illegal immigration industry,’ the grand jury said in the report. “What we discovered has been at varying times sobering, upsetting, depressing, and the cause of significant outrage.”

The grand jury, impaneled last year at the request of Gov. Ron DeSantis, also issued four earlier reports, or presentments. But the report made public Monday delves into a wide range of issues, such as efforts to prevent employers from hiring undocumented immigrants.

DeSantis and the Republican-controlled Legislature this spring approved a bill (SB 1718) that included requiring businesses with 25 or more employees to use the federal E-Verify system to check the immigration status of workers. The grand jury called for eliminating the exemption for businesses with fewer than 25 employees, saying it “provides too many incentives for the unscrupulous to ‘game the system.’”

The report also called for addressing issues related to licensing general contractors. It pointed to loopholes in which contractors “simply pass all liability for verification of employee eligibility to work to a third party, usually a subcontractor or labor staffing agency — there are ‘subs of subs of subs’ on some projects.”

“Accordingly, we recommend that our lawmakers assess the feasibility of either requiring general contractors to ultimately be fully and directly legally responsible for ensuring their subcontractors hire only legal workers, or requiring any employee staffing agency or any person or business which provides employees to work for another, to register with the state’s Department of Labor and be bound by Florida’s new e-verify requirements,” the report said, apparently referring to the state Department of Economic Opportunity. The state does not have a Department of Labor.

The grand jury also sharply criticized some non-government agencies, or NGOs, that receive federal money to help undocumented immigrants. The report alleged that “several NGOs actively obstructed our investigation, refusing to provide subpoenaed information and refusing to answer some direct questions.”

It recommended the formation of another statewide grand jury to focus on non-government organizations, though it did not identify organizations in the allegations.

“These NGOs do not truly or exclusively operate as humanitarians,” the report said. “They do not spend federal grant money to convince alien populations not to risk a life-threatening odyssey. Rather, they magnify the magnetic illusion of economic prosperity at the end of a migratory trek.”

The report also took aim at what are known as “remittances,” or money sent by immigrants in the U.S. to other countries. It said remittances can be linked to criminal activities, such as money laundering and human smuggling.

Borrowing an idea from Oklahoma, the grand jury recommended that Florida collect a fee on transactions involving money leaving the state and going to other countries.

“Even discounting the opportunity to identify criminal activity and cut into cartel profits this represents, there are ample reasons to support such a fee,” the report said. “To begin with, this is a staggering amount of money which is leaving not just the economy of our state, but that of our entire country. It will never be taxed, spent, or invested into our state and its people. It is gone. Florida should recoup at least some portion of it, especially because these types of transfers are ‘ripe for criminal exploitation.’ These funds may be from legitimate income, but may also be either earned illegally or the product of criminal activity.”

DeSantis last year asked the Supreme Court to approve impaneling the grand jury as he and Attorney General Ashley Moody focused heavily on immigration issues. Moody, among other things, has filed or signed onto lawsuits against the Biden administration challenging the federal border policies. Criticizing federal policies also has been part of DeSantis’ presidential campaign.

The grand jury was impaneled in the 10th Judicial Circuit, which is made up of Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties. The grand jury had been scheduled to end Nov. 1, but the Supreme Court in August approved extending its term to April 2024.

8 Responses to "Grand Jury Calls for Immigration Moves"

  1. How about a law making anyone in Florida that has entered the country illegally a felony like Texas has done? I understand that federal law requires invaders with a felony be deported.

  2. @ Commonsense… Biden is all-in on the globalist (one world order) cabal. He’s the perfect pawn in their game and easily manipulated due to his rapidly-declining cognitive abilities. This plan can be traced back to the UN Agenda 21 and Great Reset crowds. Same for the ruse of climate change, the green agenda, and the lgbtqp push.

    In order to achieve their goal they must destroy individualism, societal and cultural norms, biological and natural realities, nationalism, the nuclear family, the notion of sovereignty, belief in God, freedom, and liberty… and they’re using every available tool at their disposal to accomplish their mission.

    Bow to the Davos crowd you meaningless and misguided plebes. Line up for your chemical injection, take these pills and shut up, mow our lawns and make a burger out of the grass clippings… just do as we say and stay out of our way as we jetset around the world scarfing down our $120 ribeye steaks served to us by underaged mistresses. Epstein wasn’t an anomaly, he was their mentor and vendor. Why do you think we’ve never seen his client list and videos associated with his Lolita Express and Pedo Island… but hey, pay no attention to us; a Kardashian launched a new clothing line.

    These are truly evil times being orchestrated by truly evil people…

  3. I continue to wonder; exactly what’s the motivation for Biden & Company to promote and encourage an open border? Is it money, the desire for more liberal voters, a love of primarily Hispanic people, a desire to show the world how welcoming we are as a country, kickback from drug and human trafficking cartels? What’s the benefit to the United States from our Biden open border policy?

    Any thoughts?

  4. This State Grand Jury investigation was very successful and should continue its research and recomendations.

    Maybe a Leon County operational grand jury should investigate local issues such BluePrint using funds for purposes it was not voted by citizens, the continuing sewage spills and harm to our water quality environment, lack of city transparency, permitting of developments, etc.

  5. @All (Ok, I’m late to the party….)

    I have to wonder if we’re too late. We know that many of the illegals have bad intentions. They’re gang members, terrorists, felons, etc. and either don’t care about U.S. citizens or view them as pawns for their own use.

    Can we promote getting this invasion under control before a lot of people are hurt or killed?

  6. @ August & Edward = 100% RIGHT. DeSantis is doing what he can to protect Florida. The other States need to follow suite and do the same. With Biden’s “Open Boarder” Policy, Terrorists are all ready here and more are coming every DAY. The People need to Wise Up, Gear Up and get ready for what’s going to be coming our way. I am glad the Statewide Grand Jury see’s it for what it really is.

  7. @ August… 100% spot-on. The Biden administration is knowingly and willingly aiding and abetting the invasion of our sovereign land in collusion with their Mexican cartel partners. It is seditious and borders (npi) on treasonous activity perpetrated by the highest level of political leadership in the land.

    It way past time for everyone to embrace the courage to call it what it is… treason.

  8. The Feds are purposefully promoting an invasion of illegal aliens, flooding our country with poorly educated unskilled military aged men. The state has no choice but to take the safety of its citizens in its own hands until we can as a collective regain control of and reform an anti-American federal government.

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