StateImpact Florida
10:24 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Three Questions For Florida Senate President Don Gaetz

Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville.
Credit The Florida Senate

Florida’s move toward Common Core standards in schools is sure to be discussed during the upcoming legislative session.

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2:01 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Who, Exactly, Is A Gringo?

A man walks past anti-U.S. graffiti that reads "Gringos out" in Spanish.
Howard Yanes AP

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 8:14 am

A college classmate asked me, "Where are you from?"

I gave him the long answer: I was born in Guatemala, but my mother is from Nicaragua, and I have lived in the U.S. my whole life.

"So, you're Guatemalan," he said. No, I'm not.

I may have been born in Guatemala, but I was raised in Florida. Regardless of the fact that I have lived in the U.S. since I was 2 years old, most Americans would find it strange to hear my grandma occasionally call me media gringa -- a half-gringa.

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5:35 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Marco Rubio: Poster Boy For The GOP Identity Crisis

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., walks toward the stage as he is introduced at a Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in June.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 6:13 pm

The Republican Party seems like two parties these days. In the Senate, Republicans joined a two-thirds majority to pass an immigration bill. But in the House, Republicans are balking.

Strategist Alex Lundry says it's hard to figure out the way forward when your party's base of power is the House of Representatives.

"One problem we have in the wilderness is that there are a thousand chiefs," he says. "And it is hard to get a party moving when you don't have somebody at the top who is a core leader who can be directive."

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Code Switch
5:36 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

More States Let Unauthorized Immigrants Take The Wheel

Immigrant advocates use an image of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez on a mock state driver's license during a 2012 rally in Santa Fe, N.M., to protest her proposal to repeal a state law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.
Russell Contreras AP

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 1:01 pm

The national debate over immigration may be churning on in Washington, D.C., but there's one policy a growing number of states can agree on: driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants.

Vermont, Connecticut and Colorado passed new laws this month allowing drivers without Social Security numbers to receive licenses or authorization cards. They join Nevada, Maryland and Oregon, whose governors signed similar laws in May. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn started the trend this year when he signed Senate Bill 957 in January.

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11:59 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Poll - Rubio: Popular, His Immigration Position: Not So Much

Lead in text: 
Senator Marco Rubio continues to try to balance keeping Florida voters happy while trying to win over GOP backers on a national level, and a new poll is showing mixed results because of that. While a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows voters disapprove of how he's handling the immigration issue by a 41 to 33 percent margin, his job approval rating is up slightly to 51 percent.
Florida voters give Sen. Marco Rubio's bad reviews for his mixed signals on immigration, don't like his opposition to requiring background checks for gun buyers and both of those positions haven't done much to win over voters in a 2016 match-up against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.
The Two-Way
9:35 am
Sat June 15, 2013

'Immigrants Are More Fertile,' Jeb Bush Says In Reform Speech

"Immigrants are more fertile, and they love families," former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Friday at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference. Bush's statement, in support of immigration reform, struck an odd note with many who hear it.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 9:21 pm

Jeb Bush has created a stir with remarks he made during a speech on immigration, in which he said that women who immigrate to America are more fertile than women who are born in the country.

"Immigrants create far more businesses than native-born Americans, over the last 20 years," Bush said. "Immigrants are more fertile, and they love families, and they have more intact families, and they bring a younger population. Immigrants create an engine of economic prosperity."

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It's All Politics
8:57 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Senate's New GOP Stars Show Party's Range On Immigration

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 7:40 pm

Forget, for a moment, about the bipartisan Gang of Eight, whose members crafted the original version of the immigration bill being taken up by the Senate this week.

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8:19 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

DeMint's Departure: A Onetime Ally Spurns Rubio

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 11:28 am

There was a time when Jim DeMint was committed to helping Sen. Marco Rubio achieve his goals.

Not anymore.

At least not when it comes to remaking the nation's immigration laws.

DeMint is president of the conservative-leaning Heritage Foundation, which on Monday released a report contending that an immigration overhaul would cost U.S. taxpayers $6.3 trillion over 13 years in direct and indirect spending like welfare and public schools.

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It's All Politics
9:20 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Rubio Tries To Convince Conservatives He Hasn't Been Duped

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at a Capitol Hill news conference with the Senate's "Gang of Eight," the bipartisan team pushing an immigration overhaul, on April 18.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 5:48 pm

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10:55 am
Mon April 15, 2013

VIDEO: Rubio's Sunday Immigration Talk Show Blitz in 3 Minutes

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, right, was all over the TV Sunday, including on NBC's 'Meet the Press' with host David Gregory.
Credit Screen grab / Courtesy of the Washington Post

My husband is a political show junkie, but not even he had time to catch all seven of Marco Rubio's Sunday morning TV news appearances. 

Yes, seven. That's a record, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The Republican Senator went on a media blitz to tout the bipartisan immigration reform bill he's been crafting as part of a Congressional posse known as the Gang of Eight. The bill is expected to be revealed any day now.

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Making Sense of the Media
3:33 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Associated Press Recommends Media Stop Using "Illegal Immigrant"


The Associated Press Stylebook has decided to recommend against the use of the phrase "illegal immigrant" by journalists because of concerns about accuracy, according to Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute's "Sense Making Project."

Since 1953, the AP has been publishing a stylebook that has become a go-to resource for journalists, writers and advertisers when it comes to style and usage.

But, the AP kicked up some controversy recently when its new stylebook recommended against using the phrase "illegal immigrant."

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1:54 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Immigration in Tampa Bay by the Numbers

University of South Florida student Jose Lopez, 19, holds up his certificate of citizenship after a naturalization ceremony in February. Lopez was born in Mexico City.
Credit Dalia Colón / WUSF Public Media

Any day now, the bipartisan group of Senators known as the Gang of Eight are set to release their plan for immigration reform. As the estimated 11 million immigrants living in this country illegally wait to learn their fate, opinions are swirling. So we figured it was time for some, you know, facts.

Here are some stats on the 7,502 citizens naturalized in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area in 2011, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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Law & Order
4:27 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Immigration Group Visits Senator Rubio's Office

Ashley Guevara, 5, is an American citizen but her father, Jesus Guebara is facing deportation.
Yoselis Ramos

Various immigration activists have come together into what they're calling The Florida Caravan for Immigration Reform. They visited Senator Marco Rubio's office in Tampa today.

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5:16 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Jeb Bush: A Third Take on Immigration and a Pathway to Citizenship

Lead in text: 
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) seems to be refining his stance on immigration. The Huffington Post is reporting that he walked back one of the principles on immigration reform in his new book on the same day it was released, telling MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday that he would support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants if it could be done without creating a magnet for more unauthorized immigration.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) walked back one of his new book's principles on immigration reform on the same day it was released, telling MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday that he would support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants if it could be done without creating a magnet for more unauthorized immigration.
10:42 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Florida Tops New York as Home for Migrating Puerto Ricans

Arlene Bonet settled in Orlando, Fla., after her Puerto Rico real estate business crashed. She's now working for a Puerto Rican cultural organization in Orlando, while her son and mother still live in her hometown, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico.
Credit John W. Poole/NPR

Florida has replaced New York as the primary destination for Puerto Ricans coming to the U.S. reports Greg Allen.

According to the most recent census, the 4.6 million Puerto Ricans living on the U.S. mainland now surpass those on the island of Puerto Rico.

For years, they've been migrating out of the U.S. Caribbean territory — many to escape the escalating crime rate and economic crisis.

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