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Children brought to Florida by undocumented parents could soon get college tuition break listen

02/26/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Jack Latvala, Ed Hooper, immigration, DREAMERS, Florida, 2014 legislative session

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Undocumented immigrants who want to go to college after attending high school in Florida might get a break on their tuition if a bill filed by state Senator Jack Latvala passes. During a press conference at the St. Petersburg College Clearwater campus Wednesday, Latvala announced the provisions of his bill.

“It would provide tuition equity for those students who may not have been born in the country, but who live here and attended a Florida high school for three consecutive years and enro...

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Immigration reform supporters target Republican U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross listen

02/19/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Dream Defenders, Young Dreamers, Mi Familia Vota, immigration reform, Dennis Ross, immigration

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Pro-immigration reform groups from across the state rallied in front of member of Congress Dennis Ross’ Lakeland office Wednesday in an attempt to garner support from the Republican lawmaker. Before a press conference in front of his office, Ana Delarosa, state director for Mi Familia Vota, met with members of Ross’s staff to talk about a bill currently stalled in the U.S. House. Delarosa was told Ross would not support the bill and instead was hoping for a piecemeal approach.

“To which t...

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Experts respond to president's State of the Union address listen

01/29/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: SOTU, State of the Union, Barack Obama, immigration, Edwin Enciso, Darryl Paulson

President Barack Obama has used his fifth State of the Union address last night to tell lawmakers that he's still willing to work with Congress. But Obama said he'll sidestep obstructionist lawmakers "whenever and wherever" necessary to reduce the wage gap between rich and poor. One executive action he'll take is to increase the minimum wage for some federal contract workers to a minimum of $10.10. He’ll also implement a new Treasury savings bond for workers without access to traditional ret...

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Tampa immigrants rights group wants Licenses for All listen

12/13/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: immigration, Raices en Tampa, licenses for all

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An immigrants rights group in Tampa is pressuring the state legislature to allow everyone, including undocumented immigrants, to get a driver’s license. The group is Raices en Tampa and one of their organizers is Marisol Márquez.

"In the state of Florida we don't have any kind of permit or any way for anyone who is undocumented to actually have a driver's license. We know that there's about 1.5 million undocumented immigrants in the state of Florida throughout a year, that's not counting ...

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USF student Senate recommends undocumented Florida residents get in-state tuition rate listen

11/13/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: immigration, USF, Tampa, SDS

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The Student Senate at the University of South Florida is recommending to the school’s Board of Trustees that undocumented immigrants living in Florida receive in-state tuition.

The Senate voted Tuesday night on a resolution supported by Students for a Democratic Society, or SDS.

WMNF interviewed Marisol Márquez, a member of Raices en Tampa and Gage Lacharite, a USF student and president of SDS.

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"This is just another SU meeting however this SU meeting they passed...

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Immigrant rights caravan will protest Marco Rubio at USF Tampa listen

09/06/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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On August 4 a group called the Immigrant Rights Caravan set off from Pensacola on a journey through all of Florida's congressional districts to push for legalization for all undocumented immigrants.

They'll be in Tampa Saturday to protest at the office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio.

The address is 3202 Spectrum Blvd. on the campus of the University of South Florida.

WMNF News interviewed Marisol Marquez, an organizer with [Raíces en...

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Pro-immigration demonstrators rally for Republican Rep. Bill Young's support listen

07/16/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A small group of pro-immigration demonstrators waved signs in front of a Largo restaurant where Republican member of Congress Bill Young was dining Monday night. So far, Young has not supported an immigration bill in the House that includes a pathway to citizenship. Jasmine Forcan, a Bosnian immigrant, said the bill should be a partisan issue.

“They’re tearing families apart; the kids are suffering being traumatized. It’s just not – when I came here 40 years ago, it was much easi...

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"This Land is your Land"

07/10/13 Warren Elly with B.John Ovink
Last Call Wednesday
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At the base of the Statue of Liberty its written -

“…Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand a mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
 is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
 Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
 glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command. 
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
 with silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
 your huddled masses yearning to breathe free; 
the wretched refuse of your teeming shore....

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U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross talks immigration to angry Lutz residents at Town Hall meeting listen

07/03/13 Naveen Sultan
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Republican U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross held a Town Hall meeting in Lutz yesterday where residents addressed concerns about immigration. Several members of the audience were furious about the U.S. Senate’s bill to create a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented people.

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Immigrant Rights Activist Accuses Sen. Rubio's Office of Revealing his Undocumented Status to the Police listen

06/26/13 Sean Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Three people were arrested at the Tampa office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio yesterday. They were participating in a sit-in to protest Senator Rubio’s stance on the rights of lesbian and gay individuals in proposed immigration reform legislation and in workforce discrimination. But it’s what happened with one of the protesters who was not arrested that could be even more noteworthy. Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez is co-director of the LGBTQ rights group Get Equal; he is accusing a Rubio staff membe...

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