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Lakeland immigration reform advocates side with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio listen

05/01/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Community activists are pushing immigration reform for the 11 million undocumented people in the country. During a Republican fundraiser in Lakeland Wednesday, more than a dozen people waved signs calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to support a pathway to citizenship measure introduced in the Senate by Marco Rubio, who was a speaker at the luncheon.

Rubio and 7 of his colleagues in the Senate have formed what people are calling the Gang o...

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Inter-faith group calls on Washington lawmakers to support pathway to citizenship listen

04/29/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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An inter-faith group is pushing for federal legislation that would create a pathway to citizenship. PICO United Florida is kicking off a month-long campaign Monday to garner support from Florida members of Congress including Lakeland Republican Dennis Ross.

The group plans to hold prayer vigils in front of his office every weekday from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. through the first week of May.

Nanci Palacios is a spokesperson for PICO United Florida.

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Tampa Dream Defenders ask Tampa City Council to support driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants listen

04/18/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Undocumented immigrants in Florida cannot legally drive. Thursday morning a group called the Dream Defenders asked Tampa City Council to adopt a resolution supporting a change in state law.

Alekos Zambrano presented an idea called “licenses for all” to city council members.

“For the 1.5 million undocumented immigrants in Florida and in counties like Miami-Dade county for one, 70% of the misdemeanors that they receive and end up getting deported for are traffic related.”

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Two-hundred mile march for farmworkers' rights doesn't hurdle Publix roadblock listen

03/18/13 Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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About 1500 farmworkers and their allies completed their 200 mile, two week March for Respect, Rights and Fair food yesterday in Lakeland. They gathered at the headquarters of Publix in hope that the supermarket giant would honor what they’re calling a Fair Food Program.

More than a decade ago south Florida tomato harvesters began a campaign for fair working conditions. Before the Coalition of Immokalee Workers organized, wages had not gone up in more than 20 years and workers are still ...

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Farmworkers march to Tampa to challenge Publix to honor the Fair Food Program listen

03/13/13 Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Wednesday the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and their allies pass through Tampa on their 200 mile march from Ft Myers to the headquarters of Publix in Lakeland; the marchers are calling on Publix to honor the social responsibility agreement for farm labor reform known as the Fair Food Program.

Right after sunrise, about seventy marchers gather in Riverview´s Mosaic Park to start walking. Oscar Otzoy is with the farmworkers’ coalition.

In its official statement about the Coalition o...

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Faith leaders and immigrants urge comprehensive immigration reform listen

03/11/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Monday in Orlando faith leaders and immigrant students held a prayer rally to reform the nation’s immigration system.

Minutes before the rally was to begin, WMNF spoke by phone with one of the organizers, Rev. Errol Thompson, pastor of New Life Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Orlando.

He’s also chair of PICO (People Improving Communities for Organizing) United Florida.

"The rally is about a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million people here in the United States that...

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Debating Immigration Reform

01/30/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei.

Coming up today we’ll hear a debate and discussion about the proposals for immigration reform. But first- two listener comments about previous programs… one about the discussion about smart meters- which came up on the last call on Monday. The other about the brief discussion yesterday about immigration reform…. Here’s what two listeners had to say.

Yesterday President Obama gave a major speech yesterday about his ideas...

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Nearly 200 immigrants become U.S. citizens while Senators push for comprehensive immigration reform listen

01/28/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Some Republicans and Democrats in the Senate announced an immigration reform framework today that would benefit undocumented immigrants. Senator Charles Schumer, a Democrat from New York, said the agreement is a major breakthrough because Americans oppose illegal immigration, but support legal immigration.

The push came as nearly 200 Tampa Bay area immigrants became American citizens during a naturalization ceremony at Eckerd College Monday morning.

People from 56 countries ranging in...

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The History of Immigration to the US and A Possible Transit Referendum in Pinellas County?

01/22/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up—tomorrow there’s vote on whether to hold a transit referendum in Pinellas County. We’ll talk about that later. And what’s the history of immigration to the US? A new book explores the problems facing Irish, German, Italian, Chinese, Jewish, Muslim, Black west Indian and other ethnic groups when they emigrated to the US. But first- a listener comment. Last Friday – in discussing tonight’s new PBS Frontline documenta...

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Rep. Castor pushes for comprehensive immigration reform listen

01/11/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Despite the fact that there are 11 million people in the U.S. without proper documentation, the U.S. Congress has not passed comprehensive immigration reform. But in a press conference this morning in Ybor City, Tampa-area member of Congress Kathy Castor said she hopes that will change.

"There is no legal pathway to citezenship that exists right now. I hear from a number of people who say: "Why don't the Dream kids just apply for citzenship?" That pathway does not exist legally. That is w...

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