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Trucker's strike in Florida sees grocery shelves left bare

Florida residents are sharing videos of empty grocery shelves and construction sites after workers threatened to strike against sweeping immigration reforms in the Sunshine State.

Latin-American truck drivers and laborers have pledged to boycott jobs in Florida in protest of Governor Ron Desantis's SB 1718 bill which aims to crackdown on undocumented migrants.

And videos posted to social media appear to show the effects are already being felt by residents who say grocery shelves have been wiped clean of products.

A TikTok account called 'PJ's journey' showed scores of empty shelves in his local store, alongside the caption: 'No groceries. Smh (shaking my head).

'Sad these truckers weren't playing when they said they were not delivering anything to Florida.'

Separately a trucker called Gilberto Al Volante uploaded a clip of a deserted construction site on the video sharing platform.

He told his 6,000 followers: 'This is a construction site here in Davenport, Florida, 20 miles from Orlando.

'This is all you see. It's 9AM. Usually at this time there's a lot of people here working - all kinds of contractors doing their jobs. Roofers of course.

'A lot of noise and loud Mexican music. This is what you hear today.

'It is happening. It's not fake, It's not a joke.'

He added: 'This is all thanks to Ron DeSantis.'

Migrant crossings at the US-Mexico border have come under renewed scrutiny this week after former President Donald Trump's 'Title 42' expired this week.

The legislature was implemented at the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and allowed for the quick expulsion of undocumented migrants found crossing the border.

Some 2.8 million people were expelled while the order was in place, according to the US Customs and Borders Protection.

But the US Centers for Disease Control agreed to end the policy due to a diminished public health risk.

However Republican lawmakers in a host of red states have been attempting to find ways to keep the policy in place.

Last week DeSantis - who is expected to soon announce a presidential campaign that will see him go head-to-head with Donald Trump - signed the contentious SB 1718 bill.

The law includes a new requirement that businesses with more than 25 employees must use E-verify, a federal system that determines if employees can legally work in the US.

It also demands hospitals collect information on undocumented patients.

The bill is expected to come into effect on July 1, and has sparked a huge backlash, predominantly among truckers and construction workers who rely heavily on immigration for labor.

On Twitter independent journalist Arturo Dominguez shared various videos of Latino truckers discussing plans to implement a boycott.

Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wrote in response: 'Anti-immigrant policies reap what they sow. DeSantis’ Florida is about to find that out.

'The US has such deep needs right now, particularly in labor.

'Yet policymakers (of ALL stripes) take our immigrant communities for granted.

'No más. Time to stop biting the hands that feed.'

This article originally appeared on The Mail Online

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