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.
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Monday, 07 January 2019 06:28

Episode 161: Power Shift

THE ROTUNDA – We preview inaugural events celebrating Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis and Florida’s next Cabinet members. Also, Senator Lauren Book, D-Plantation, discusses policy changes in the Florida Senate to prohibit sexual harassment of employees. Book also talks about her efforts to shift oversight of the state’s concealed firearms program to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. With the automatic restoration of voting rights for some of Florida’s convicted felons expected to go into effect Tuesday, a recent study from Cornell University shows nearly 1 in 2 adults in the United States has seen an immediate family member go to jail or in prison. Gomes talks with Zoe Towns, senior director of criminal justice reform at Fwd.us, a nonprofit advocating for immigration and criminal justice reform. 
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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.
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