Immigrants strengthen our society and have played a vital role in Florida becoming one of the leading economic states in the Union. Andrew is the only candidate for Governor who has led to oppose both Donald Trump and Rick Scott’s policies that target immigrants.

President Trump’s attack on cities friendly to immigrants must end. His attacks are not a projection of strength, but a reflection of weakness. Trump’s actions are inconsistent with our highest values and cause us to shrink from our rich history as a nation of immigrants. As Governor, Andrew will continue to fight mass deportation policies that threaten to split families and hurt Florida’s economy.

Andrew believes that a decision between security or compassionate immigration policy are false choices; we can have them both. Immigrants attend public schools alongside our children and graduate as valedictorians and standout students. They are critical members of our state’s economy, and contribute to the culture of our society. As Governor, Andrew will use every effort to protect Florida from President Trump’s attacks on immigrants.

Immigrants are an essential cornerstone of Florida’s economy. According to a 2015 report, from 2006 to 2010, there were 286,144 new immigrant business owners in Florida, and new immigrant business owners had total net business income of $13.3 billion. In 2013, immigrants comprised 24.5% of the state’s workforce.