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Kelly Kirschner talks about immigration

03/15/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Kelly Kirschner is director of Unidos Now, a Latino advocacy group based in Sarasota.

A former Mayor and City Commissioner in Sarasota, the 37-year-old Kirschner talked about how it's vital that Latinos, who will continue to gain in population in the U.S., be treated as an important demographic, vs. being demonized when it comes to discussing illegal immigration.

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Coalition of Immokalee Workers and allies to begin six-day Fast for Fair Food Monday

02/29/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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On Monday, Immokalee migrant farmworkers and their allies will begin a six-day Fast for Fair Food in Lakeland. This afternoon my guests were Elbin Perez of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Joe Parker of the Student/Farmworker Alliance.

Here are more WMNF News stories about the Coalition of Immokalee Workers

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New book tells varied stories of immigration; and prominent local neurosurgeon offers free medical care in Gaza

02/23/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Coming up today we’ll talk with the author of a new book which tells the stories of 50 immigrants to the US.

Later we’ll talk with a prominent local neurosurgeon who has given up his private practice and is now concentrating on international and health care policy. He’ll be giving a talk tonight at the University of Tampa on why we should be paying attention to what is happening in Gaza — the Palestinian territory next to Israel.

First up—the author of the new book GREEN CARD ...

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Will there ever be a comprehensive immigration bill?

12/08/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Frank Sharry with the Washington D.C. backed group America's Voices, talks to WMNF about the state of the illegal immigration debate in America.

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USF panel discusses shortfalls of 'migrant' education listen

10/21/11 Jean Henry Telcy
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Just over 20 people gathered in the Grace Allen Room at the University of South Florida Library for the panel organized by the Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean in partnership with the Center for Migrant Education. It was moderated by Ann Cranston-Gingras, director of the Center for Migrant Education.

“[Education] becomes an issue because there are no ... regulations at the u...

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In talk with USF students, Tampa Mayor Buckhorn at loss for his opinion on DREAM Act listen

10/11/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In an attempt to raise political interest among college-aged voters, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn answered questions from students at USF Tampa last night. He said young adults should get more involved in politics, but fumbled over one of their questions about the DREAM Act.

As the Mayor of a city with a major university – one whose economic contribution is substantial – you would think Buckhorn would make sure he’s ...

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Florida immigrant rights organizers lash out against Alabama’s new anti-immigrant law listen

08/30/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As we reported Monday, a federal judge in Birmingham, Alabama has temporarily blocked enforcement of that state's new law cracking down on undocumented immigration. It is one of the country's toughest on immigrants and has prompted some community organizers in Florida to travel to Alabama and take action.

The new law requires public schools to check students’ immigration status and requires employers to verify potential employees’ immigration status.

Mayra Hidalgo Salazar from Lake...

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Immigration legislation in Florida on the vine?

05/05/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Subhash Kateel, state coordinator of the We are Florida! campaign, talked about the fight to prevent an anti-illegal immigration bill from being passed in the Florida Legislature.

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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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