Wednesday, July 1, 2020 11:15 AM EST
By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN, AP
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis has quietly signed into law an expansion of Florida's use of E-Verify, a federal database designed to confirm an employee’s immigration status. But it's far from the sweeping change the Republican governor wanted. Influential industries lobbied lawmakers to make it optional for private employers. The issue could loom large this presidential election year amid clashing ideologies over immigration. Supporters see E-Verify as a way of keeping people who are in the United States illegally from getting jobs. Some opponents argue that the requirements could prove burdensome, while others say the database is prone to error and using it is cruel.