Opinion

OPINION: In February, Senator David Gruters introduced SB 168, a dangerous piece of anti-immigrant legislation that will break up families and hurt our communities. As this bill advances through the state senate, we find ourselves at a crossroads. Will Florida be a place where families feel safe and law enforcement is equipped to protect and serve every individual in our communities? Or will a handful of misguided legislators in Tallahassee damage our communities and our economy, all without creating a single new job?   The choice should be crystal clear, and I’m grateful that some of our state's elected officials have already taken a stand against this alarming legislation, including my law school classmate and friend, the courageous Senator Anitere Flores.  
OPINION: While it may seem like every time we turn on the TV or read the news, we’re reminded of our country’s division, there is common ground that we can, and should seek, for the benefit of the immigrants in our Florida communities, and our state overall.  Government inaction has stalled progress many times in the past and will likely continue to do so, but for those in our communities like Dreamers, who close to nine in 10 Americans support providing a long-term legislative solution for, this cannot stand. We need to ensure Deferred Action for Childhood (DACA) recipients, immigrants brought to the country through no fault of their own, and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, immigrants who have been offered protection for decades, are provided a legislative solution finally offering them permanent protection.
OPINION: A new year and a new governor provide a hopeful backdrop for fresh approaches for sustaining Florida’s economic growth and creating opportunities for its people but a small pack of trial lawyers would rather pit Florida communities against energy companies over climate change. They think we can sue our way around this challenge but litigation would only mire our state in counter-productive confrontations with employers when cooperation on finding solutions is needed.
OPINION: Once again, a government agency has sued a public records requester – this time the Orlando Sentinel – simply for making a request for public records. That’s just wrong. The lawsuit arises out of the very important public controversy the paper has been covering concerning Frank Kruppenbacher, a prominent Orlando lawyer, who resigned as the lawyer for the Florida Virtual School in August.
OPINION: In addition to ushering in the holiday season and new faces at Florida’s Capitol, November is Child Safety and Protection Month, which serves as a key reminder of the importance of preserving the safety of our children and communities. Together, with nationwide policy experts, law enforcement officers, community leaders and parents, Stop Child Predators works to drive policy changes in Florida and across the country to combat the sexual exploitation of children.  
OPINION: On Election Day, Florida voters will have the opportunity to vote on several constitutional amendments included on the general election ballot. Among the proposals is Amendment 7. This amendment, like several others voters will consider in just a few weeks, combines matters that share a common thread – in this case, higher education. 
OPINION: Florida’s 13 million voters have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help convicted felons who have paid their debt to society earn the right to vote, and to a second chance. Called the “Voting Restoration Amendment,” a proposed constitutional amendment will grant most of the 1.7 million convicted felons the right to vote and help select their elected leaders. That’s a good thing. It makes sense.
OPINION: It comes as no surprise to local Miamians that we are among the top tourists destinations in the world. Our community has everything a traveler seeks out—unique culture, impeccable food, and one-of-a-kind experiences. Greater Miami’s travel and tourism industry works hard to tell the world why they should plan their next trip to Miami. This is no selfless act, though. Attracting visitors to our community is absolutely critical to growing our economy and creating jobs. 
OPINION: Since the beginning, the business industry has backed the DACA program as well as the opportunity to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Business leaders have participated in direct communication with President Trump, formed organizations to fight for DACA, organized fly-ins and have personally met with congress. At the end of last year, over 100 companies put pressure on Congress by supporting a lawsuit that challenges the Trump Administration’s decision to end DACA. These companies include names such as IBM, Facebook, Twitter and Uber.
OPINION: Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet have a chance to right a wrong of their own making. They can – and should – comply with a court order to create a reasonable process to restore voting rights to ex-prisoners.U.S. District Judge Mark Warner ordered the state to develop a new method of deciding when and how convicted felons can regain their voting rights. The ruling gives the Florida Cabinet one month to create a new clemency process that consists of standards, not whims. In the words made famous by the governor himself, it’s time to ‘get to work.’

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