On Thursday, Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced new legislation to help combat the illegal immigration crisis that originated under President Biden’s administration. 

The legislation would increase penalties for human smuggling, strengthen statutes for the detention of illegal immigrants, require universal use of E-Verify, enhance penalties for document falsification, and prohibit the issuance by local governments of ID cards to people who are not lawfully in the country, the governor’s office said.

“With this legislation, Florida is continuing to crack down on the smuggling of illegal aliens, stopping municipalities from issuing ID cards to people here illegally, and ensuring that employers are hiring American citizens or those here legally,” said DeSantis. “Florida is a law and order state, and we won’t turn a blind eye to the dangers of Biden’s Border Crisis. We will continue to take steps to protect Floridians from reckless federal open border policies.”

According to a press release from DeSantis’ office, the “legislation also invalidates all out-of-state licenses to unauthorized aliens, requires those registering to vote to affirm they are United States citizens and legal residents of Florida, prevents unauthorized immigrants from being admitted to practice law, and eliminates out-of-state tuition fee waivers for undocumented immigrant students.” 

“Additionally, the proposal requires hospitals to collect data on the immigration status of patients and the costs to provide care to illegal aliens and regularly report the data to the Governor and Legislature,” the press release added.