Gov. Ron DeSantis is strengthening his position as America’s most popular Republican governor, particularly among African Americans and Latinos, while promoting his statewide plan for mandatory electronic verification (E-Verify).

The latest Saint Leo University poll showed that 68.2 percent of Florida voters—nearly 7 out of 10—support their current governor.

The demographic breakdown of the poll showed that he has the approval of 67 percent of Latinos (two out of three) and 63 percent of African Americans (five out of eight), according to political analyst Ryan James Girdusky.

DeSantis also has Democratic approval ratings of nearly 60 percent, rising to 65 percent among undecided voters and reaching nearly 90 percent among Republicans.

E-Verify project

Weeks ago, DeSantis launched the E-Verify immigration reform initiative that bans the hiring of illegal aliens in order to protect middle-class American workers and increase their wages.

For now, all states that have implemented mandatory digital identification in an attempt to prioritize American employees saw their unemployment rate decline, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) study.

“E-Verify ensures that only authorized workers gain employment opportunities in the states where it’s being used,” said FAIR President Dan Stein.

“As a result, American jobs are going to authorized workers, many of whom had abandoned their job hunt altogether and had given up hope of ever again finding employment,” he argued.

Meanwhile, a group of big companies and billionaires, led by Mike Fernandez—one of Jeb Bush’s main donors, who also pledged his support to Hillary Clinton in 2016—urged DeSantis in a letter not to go ahead with E-Verify, but to allow illegal foreigners to continue to be employed and to pass a law allowing them to obtain driver’s licenses, Politico reported.

The US labor market

 Although the corporate lobby criticized the new regulations under the pretext of labor shortages, the Bureau of Labor Statistics shortly thereafter presented a report showing that there are nearly 6 million unemployed Americans, and nearly 4.5 million working part time.

DeSantis continued to reiterate to state legislators move forward with the implementation of E-Verify. “Obviously it creates a disincentive for people to come illegally if you have E-Verify, but I think what it does is it further tightens the labor market.”

“It has rising wages at the bottom for our blue-collar workers here in Florida and I think that’s something that we should all want to see,” he said, according to Breitbart.

“The number one reason that you have illegal immigration is because of an employment magnet,” he added, arguing, “We need to stand for workers here in Florida first, and that’s I think what E-Verify will do.”

It’s worth mentioning that DeSantis signed a law in June that bans sanctuary cities throughout Florida and requires law enforcement to cooperate with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, joining nine states that adopted similar policies, Fox News reported.