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Florida Senate rejects e-Verify amendment of controversial immigration bill listen

05/03/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A late-filed amendment filed by Senator John thrasher that would have required state employers to use e-Verify failed during the Senate’s debate of a controversial Arizona-style immigration bill. That amendment would fine businesses up to $1,500 for each worker found to be unauthorized to work in the US. While his Senate colleagues had harsh criticisms of the federal E-verify system, Thrasher defended the system.

"There aren't a lot of perfect systems out there for doing what we want t...

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An interview with Tampa attorney Bill Flynn about proposed immigration laws being considered in the state Legislature

04/25/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Immigration rights activists are taking part in a series of demonstrations in Tallahassee and across the state this week to protest the proposal to create an Arizona-style immigration law here in Florida. Bill Flynn, who specializes in immigration issues at the Tampa law firm Fowler White Boggs, joins us to talk about the legislation that's being considered in Tallahassee.

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Immigrant and youth issues propel USF student body president to claim political speech record listen

04/20/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Late this morning, University of South Florida student body president Cesar Hernandez wrapped up a record-breaking speech that lasted twenty-four hours. The aspiring doctor and politician hopes to catch the eye of lawmakers in Tallahassee and Washington.

"What struck me most forcibly about the NLF was the totality as a social revolution first and as a war second..."

It was a Mr. Smith Goes to Washington-style filibuster, but unlike the film, spectators wore flip-flops and carried iPo...

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USF student body president to lead talk-a-thon for student rights and immigration reform listen

04/15/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Some University of South Florida students are so upset about how lawmakers in Tallahassee and Washington are treating young people, they’re going to talk about it nonstop for more than three days. They don’t like cuts to education or policies that hurt immigrants. It’s being spearheaded by Cesar Hernandez, USF’s student body president who also serves on the university’s Board of Trustees.

One of their goals is for president Obama to notice their activism enough to come to USF to ...

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Immigrants and supporters oppose harsh immigration bills in Tallahassee - interview with Rev. Charles McKenzie listen

04/14/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Immigrants and their supporters spoke in Tallahassee yesterday to oppose a bill they say is eerily similar to a harsh Arizona law that cracks down on immigrants. One local participant at the Senate Budget Committee meeting was Rev. Charles McKenzie. He is state coordinator of Rainbow PUSH Coalition and a volunteer with Unidos Now. WMNF spoke with him this afternoon about immigration bills being considered by the Florida Legislature.

"We went into the session and the executive in charge of...

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Tampa Democrats gather for Obama's State of the Union address listen

01/26/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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President Obama addressed the country last night in his State of the Union address. Obama reflected on the first two years of his administration, but he also assured the American People that he would not stop there.

President Barack Obama has served half of his term in office and has tackled some tough issues to both criticism and praise. In last night’s State of the Union address, he worked to bridge the gap between political parties by addressing concerns from both sides of the aisl...

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Human Trafficking Awareness Month Recognized in Pinellas Park listen

01/13/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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President Obama declared January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month. In response, the Tampa Bay Area Task Force on Human Trafficking gathered today to discuss various aspects of the problem that is still widely regarded as unknown.

Representatives from various law enforcement agencies as well as some non-government organizations met today in Pinellas Park to raise awareness about human trafficking. Lieutenant George Koder of the Clearwater Police Department said that ...

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House passes Dream Act, Senate delays its vote listen

12/09/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last night the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Dream Act, but a vote was delayed in the Senate this morning. The act would give conditional green cards to undocumented immigrants if they graduate from high school and pursue college or a job in the military. They could eventually apply for citizenship if they meet all requirements. Opponents, like Louisiana Republican Senator David Vitter, don’t want these undocumented immigrants to have a path to citizenship.

"The Dream Act is ...

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Dave Aronberg faces tough primary race for Attorney General listen

08/12/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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State Sen. Dave Aronberg is in a heated Democratic primary race for Attorney General with Dan Gelber. We spoke with Sen. Aronberg while he was traveling by car to Tampa for a candidate forum.

We’ll hear from his primary opponent Dan Gelber in the next week. The primary election is Tuesday August 24 and early voting is underway now.

“I used to work in the attorney general’s office as an assistant attorney general, the economic crimes division, working under Bob Butterworth. We use...

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ACLU says it will challenge proposed FL immigration law if it passes listen

08/11/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today Florida's Attorney General Bill McCollum threw his support behind a proposed harsh immigration law. It will be introduced by Representative William Snyder of Stuart. McCollum says that, if passed, the law would require police officers to check immigration status during some stops.

Parts of a similar Arizona law were put on hold by a federal judge after their constitutionality were challenged. But McCollum says the proposed Florida law would avoid the legal problems plaguing Arizona's...

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