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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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Immigrants with lots of investment cash could get green cards listen

09/06/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Officials in Tampa are considering applying for a program that would give residents of other countries legal status in the U.S. if they invest in American businesses. City council will organize a task force to evaluate whether an employment-based visa program called EB-5 would create jobs in Tampa.

Foreign nationals with the wherewithal to dump either a half million or a million dollars into an American business can get a green card for conditional permanent residence in the U.S. Thursda...

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In Tampa activists rally against voter suppression listen

08/29/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Republicans have been outspoken about battling supposed voter fraud in elections. The Florida Consumer Action Network hosted speeches and a march last night in Ybor City in protest of increased voting regulations. Voter suppression concerns focused on immigrants and African Americans.

In recent years, ten states have added photo identification to the list of requirements necessary to vote or to register to vote. Republicans say the increased regulations are essential to maintaining integr...

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The Tampa Bay Times Polls Likely Voters on Obama, Romney, Nelson, Scott, Health Care and Immigration

07/16/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF….In the past few days the Tampa Bay Times has published a series of stories based on a recent poll…..

The telephone survey of 800 registered Florida voters — all likely to vote in the November general election — was conducted July 9-11 for the Tampa Bay Times, Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, Bay News 9 and Central Florida News 13. The poll w...

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Full text of President Obama's speech on new policy to not deport most undocumented youth listen

06/15/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Here's the full text of the speech as provided by the White House:

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release June 15, 2012

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT

ON IMMIGRATION

Rose Garden

2:09 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. This morning, Secretary Napolitano announced new actions my administration will take to mend our nation’s immigr...

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