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Immigration Check For New Florida Employees Would Be Mandatory Under Proposal

Oct 25, 2019
Protesters lined up in front of U.S. Rep Kathy Castor's office on Tuesday for a "Close the Camps" rally, aimed at shutting down immigration detention centers earlier this year..
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Two prominent Republican senators will push to require Florida private employers to use the E-Verify system to check the immigration status of new workers, as the presidential election kicks into full swing next year.

Protesters lined up in front of U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor's office for a "Close the Camps" rally, aimed at shutting down immigration detention centers.
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Central Florida has been taken off a short list to house a federal detention center for unaccompanied migrant children, U.S. Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., announced in a tweet Friday.

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings does not want Central Florida to be home to a shelter for unaccompanied children who illegally cross the border.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement wants a site that can house 500 children and 500 workers in total with two acres of recreational space. The federal government is eyeing a Travellodge near the intersection of Orange Blossom Trail and State Road 528.

After a mass shooting in Texas intensified a partisan divide about immigration, the chairman of the Republican Party of Florida has decided to postpone a statewide “listening tour” focused on the controversial topic.

“The rhetoric is so charged across the political spectrum that in order to have a truly productive listening tour we’ve decided to delay to a later date,” state Sen. Joe Gruters, who also serves as chairman of the state GOP, told The News Service of Florida in a text message Monday.

Protesters lined up in front of U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor's office for a "Close the Camps" rally, aimed at shutting down immigration detention centers.
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Two prominent state senators intend to release proposals for the 2020 legislative session that would set up the Republican platform on immigration, a key issue going into next year’s election cycle.

Sen. Joe Gruters, who doubles as the chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, and Senate Judiciary Chairman David Simmons plan to file measures that illustrate different approaches to the thorny topic of immigration, the source of some of the Legislature's most heated controversies in recent years.

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On Friday, President Trump confirmed reports that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement plans to conduct nationwide sweeps to arrest thousands of undocumented immigrant families that the government says have missed a court appearance or have been issued court-ordered removals from the country.

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After successfully pushing through a controversial law that bans so-called sanctuary cities, the chairman of the Republican Party of Florida is planning a statewide “listening” tour on immigration. 

Governor Ron DeSantis today signed off on a bill banning so-called “sanctuary cities” in Florida.  The effort sparked controversy during this legislative session, but its backers say it’s all about following the rule of law.

Pinellas County Sheriff Gualtieri pictured standing at a podium surrounded by law enforcement officers.
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At a forum tonight in Clearwater, community members will gather to discuss immigration, particularly bills that passed this year in the Florida House and Senate. 

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Centro Cristiano El Shaddai.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

More than a dozen advocacy groups issued a warning about traveling in Florida on Wednesday, saying immigration arrests there have soared more rapidly in the past year than in any other area of the country.

A contentious bill that calls for a crackdown on cities and counties that don't comply with federal immigration authorities is running into trouble in the Florida Senate.

Eduardo Padrón has been the president of Miami-Dade College for more than 21 years. In that time, he expanded the college to offer hundreds of degrees to tens of thousands of students, especially for immigrant students, all while keeping education affordable. 

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Refugees flee their homes out of fear, violence or persecution.

Like Manael Ibrahim.  She fled the war in Iraq in 2002 for safety in Jordan. But after being denied permanent asylum in Jordan she and her family came to the United States, and to Tampa.

"I never imagined that it can happen and I'd be a American, you know. It's really great," said Ibrahim.