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FLORIDA HOUSE TO VOTE ON ANTI-IMMIGRANT BILL

Immigrant families and advocates mobilize to the state’s capitol to speak against anti-immigrant bill, House Bill 9, scheduled to be heard on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017. Vans will be departing from Hialeah in Miami, Tampa, and Orlando.

Despite the national backlash and constitutional concerns that Texas faced after proposing a similar bill, Florida legislators threaten public safety and undermine local democracy by attempting to bring Trump’s anti-immigrant policies to our state.

“It’s immoral that legislators elected to protect our children, year after year, continue to propose bills that criminalize immigrant workers who are their parents, and cold-heartedly separate families,” said Lourdes Villanueva from Redland Christian Migrant Association and Board Chair of the Florida Immigrant Coalition “HB 9 would have serious human cost but also an economic impact on local industry and municipalities as law enforcement, city or county officers, and even school and college employees are required  to report undocumented immigrants.”

For the 2018 legislative session, the bill was intentionally assigned to only one committee, limiting the opportunities for public comment on it and sparking outrage in the community, especially after several local governments have adopted policies to protect immigrant families from Trump’s deportation machine.  

“We are actively mobilizing and educating immigrants to become conscious and active citizens and voters. We must pay close attention to policies that undermine the power of local government and weaken our democracy.” said Broward County Commissioner Dale Holeness.

Since 2011, the We Are Florida campaign led by the Florida Immigrant Coalition has mobilized and successfully defeated all anti-immigrant and anti-refugee bills. Farmworkers, labor unions, students and workers from across the state have pledged to use their voice and power to once again put a stop to anti-immigrant bills that hurt us all.

5 Years of DACA and the Future of TPS

Courtesy: Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami

Last week marked the five-year anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program, which grants protection from deportation to many young immigrants.  In the five years since the announcement of DACA, an estimated 95% of DACA youth and young adults  are either working or attending school, contributing to their local communities and the economy.

On Thursday, the White House announced it would continue to leave the program untouched, maintaining the existing protections from deportation for nearly 800,000 “DREAMers.” While we at the Florida Immigrant Coalition celebrate the news that these young people are receiving the security that should be afforded to them, we remain highly vigilant of our Haitian brothers and sisters who have not been afforded these similar and necessary protections.

Temporary Protective Status (TPS) grants individuals hailing from certain designated countries struck by natural disasters or armed conflict, such as Haiti, with authorization to remain legally in the United States. More than 58,000 Haitians are members of the program, after a disastrous earthquake ravished the island in 2011. TPS allows for recipients to remain in the U.S. with valid work permits until the unrest in their country of origin abates.

While TPS extensions are normally offered for 18 months, the Trump administration disappointingly took the unprecedented step to shorten the duration of their protected status for only another six months. This six-month extension is not enough. The country is currently facing the worst cholera epidemic in the world, with about 40,000 people living in tent homes and makeshift shelters, while facing steep economic and political turmoil.

We encourage the administration to acknowledge the unrealistic term given to Haitian recipients, who are working and making a tangible contribution to our community and economy. Furthermore, we recognize that DACA and TPS fail to provide a plan toward legal integration of these communities to the this country where they have invested so much of their lives, skills, and dreams. True comprehensive immigration reform should comprise a pathway for these communities to realize their full potential as they advance toward citizenship.

Speak to your federal representative today and ask them what they are doing to #SaveTPS 202-224-3121.

MAY DAY – Join Us and Stand Against Hate and Racism

May 1st marks the International Workers’ Day, a historic day when workers and migrants join forces to demand dignity and justice. We must come together now more than ever and stand up to the hateful rhetoric spreading across our nation. A multiracial coalition of immigrant rights organizations, faith leaders, labor unions and local activists and artists are organizing a rally and march in Miami and we encourage all members to participate. Details for the May Day March in Miami event can be found below.
Are you having a local event on May 1st that FLIC can support?

Are you interested in attending the Miami May 1st event?

Please let us know of any May Day events around you so we can provide support or coordinate travel arraignments for those interested in attending the Miami event.


Miami Rally and March

Sunday, May 1st from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
March starts at Government Center (111 NW First Street Miami, Florida 33128) and ends at the Torch of Friendship (401 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132

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El 1ro de Mayo marca el Día Internacional de los Trabajadores, un día histórico en el que trabajadores y migrantes se unen para exigir dignidad y justicia. Debemos unirnos ahora más que nunca y levantarnos en contra de la retórica de odio que actualmente está contaminando  nuestra nación . Una coalición multirracial de organizaciones Incluyendo grupos pro inmigrantes, líderes religiosos, sindicatos, activistas locales y artistas están organizando una manifestación y marcha en Miami e invitamos a todos los miembros a participar. Los detalles de la Marcha del Día del Trabajador en Miami pueden ser encontrados en la parte de abajo de este correo electrónico.

¿Tienes un evento local el 1 de mayo que FLIC puede apoyar?

¿Estás interesado en asistir a la Marcha de 1ro de Mayo en Miami?

Por favor déjenos saber de cualquier evento del Primero de Mayo alrededor de su área para que podamos ofrecer apoyo o coordinar viajes para las personas interesadas en asistir a el evento de Miami.

Manifestación y Marcha en Miami
Domingo, 1ro de Mayo de 2:00 a 4:00 p.m.
La Marcha empezara en el Government Center (111 NW First Street Miami, Florida 33128) y terminará en la Antorcha de la Amistad (401 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132

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Clases de inglés en Homestead: Oficina abierta para inscripciones

Unete a nuestro programa de innovaciones en inglés que usa tecnología para enseñar inglés de una manera divertida.

Cada participante usará una tablet conectada a internet para usar practicar inglés mientras aprenden a usar Skype, Facebook, correo electrónico, etc.

INSCRIBETE YA!
Ven a inscribirte en nuestra oficina abierta el miércoles 26 de agosto en la sede de RCMA en South Dade (13600 SW 312 Street, Homestead, FL 33033).

Si no puedes venir a inscribirte, llama al (305) 571-7254 o inscríbete online acá: http://goo.gl/forms/0FdJWqbwW6

Las clases duran 10 semanas y serán en la oficina de RCMA en Homestead.

Clases de inglés en Apopka: Oficina abierta para inscripciones

Unete a nuestro programa de innovaciones en inglés que usa tecnología para enseñar inglés de una manera divertida.

Cada participante usará una tablet conectada a internet para usar practicar inglés mientras aprenden a usar Skype, Facebook, correo electrónico, etc.

INSCRIBETE YA!
Ven a inscribirte en nuestra oficina abierta el miércoles 26 de agosto en la sede de la Asociación Campesina en Apopka (1264 Apopka Blvd, Apopka, FL)

INSCRIBETE AHORA
Si no puedes venir a inscribirte, llama al 407-569-8619 o inscríbete online acá: http://goo.gl/forms/0FdJWqbwW6

Las clases duran 10 semanas y serán en la oficina de la Asociación Campesina en Apopka.

1st Anniversary of In-State Tuition in Florida!

My name is Julio Calderon and I am undocumented. I came to the United States when I was 16 years old, and so, I did not benefit from DACA. I went to Highschool never fully believing that College or University was an opportunity for me.

After I graduated, I worked in construction and found my way to Miami Dade College after a counselor helped me apply. But the catch was that I had to pay out of state tuition.

A year ago today, I attended my first year of University and I found myself struggling to pay thousands of dollars solely on tuition fees.

Then something great happened! Florida passed an in-state tuition to allow local undocumented students like me pay the same tuition as our classmates. That’s me in the picture handing a petition to the Governor’s office to sign this law. It really made a difference.

Like myself, there are so many students out there who still believe that going to a College or University is an impossible dream. That’s why my work at FLIC is to make sure that more undocumented students are informed and know that IT IS POSSIBLE to go to school.

If you want to find out more about how to pay in-state tuition in Florida, visit our in-state tuition page or call our hotline at 1-888-600-5762

Julio Calderón, Youth Organizer of the Florida Immigrant Coalition

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GOVERNOR SCOTT, FLORIDA’S IMMIGRANT FAMILIES WANT TO CHASE THEIR DREAMS TOO

Driver’s Licenses and KidCare are among the priorities for Florida’s immigrant families during this legislative session

Gov Scott, State of the State Address, 2015Today, March 3rd, the Florida Legislature kicked-off its 60-day session for 2015. Governor Rick Scott delivered the State of the State Address focusing on Florida being the state where everyone should have the opportunity to chase their dreams.

Governor Scott told the story of Gladys Rubio, a Cuban immigrant that came to Florida for a better life and is now a successful meteorologist.  Just like Gladys, thousands of immigrants have come to Florida chasing their dreams and willing to work hard for them if they are given an opportunity.

For that reason, we call on the Florida legislature to pass legislation that will allow all potential driver’s to apply for a Driver’s License regardless of their immigration status, and for all children who are legal permanent residents to have access to health care through the KidCare program without having to wait 5 years uninsured and unprotected.

What if Gladys Rubio hadn’t had the opportunity to work legally and apply for a driver’s license? Or if her children didn’t have access to quality health care? Unfortunately, that’s the reality of 730,000 undocumented Floridians who cannot apply for a license because of their immigration status, and the reality of over 20,000 children with legal status in Florida who have to wait 5 years before being covered by KidCare.

Florida's Attorney General, Pam Bondi We urge Governor Scott’s administration to support these measures, instead of turning his back on immigrant families just like his own Attorney General Pam Bondi did after she added Florida to a lawsuit against DAPA and DACA. These programs would grant relief from deportation and temporary work permits to 253,000 immigrant Floridians. With this lawsuit, Bondi is breaking Scott’s promise to “keep Florida working” by denying access to temporary work permits for the workers that sustain our main economic sectors, agriculture and tourism. It is estimated that more than half of Florida’s farmworkers are undocumented. If our legislature and Scott need more convincing arguments, numbers won’t lie.

If Florida becomes the 12th state to allow driver’s licenses to potential drivers, it could increase its revenue by an additional $8.76 million annually if half of the undocumented population applies for a license. Our state could also draw up to $49 million from federal funds to cover for Kidcare. Finally, Florida could increase its tax revenues by $102 million over 5 years if DAPA and DACA are implemented.

I urge you to volunteer your time

Guest post by Florida New Americans volunteer Stacy Dupre.

stacy-dupre-volunteer-fna-clinic-april-2013My name is Stacy.  I recently volunteered at a citizenship clinic with Florida New Americans.  It was my first time ever volunteering and I must say it was an amazing experience.

The atmosphere was welcoming and my co-volunteers were inviting, helpful and very friendly. They made me feel welcome.  I am of a shy nature and would not think about speaking in a crowd, but when I volunteered I felt so comfortable that I was able to speak to an audience.

This experience has been a healthy and rewarding part of my life, and I loved the experience so much that I will continue to volunteer.  This is a good way to become more sociable, learn new and interesting things, meet different people and most of all help others.  My first experience as a volunteer for the clinic will be a lasting memory.

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So I urge individuals: volunteer your time.  It is worth it and you do feel good at the end of the day knowing you made a difference in someone’s life.

And bring a friend along, be the one to pass on sure a privilege to them.  Trust me, there will be no regrets volunteering.

To register as a volunteer or client for the upcoming Citizenship Mega Workshop, click here.  Share with your friends, too!

La Caravana se toma el Festival de la Calle 8!

La Caravana por la Reforma Migratoria “Abriendo el camino a la ciudadanía” llegará a Miami para su gran final en el Festival de la Calle 8. Ponte una camiseta naranja o blanca y acompáñanos!

Caminata por la Reforma Migratoria

La Caravana de Florida arrancó el 1 de marzo en Orlando y Haines City, y visitó Tampa, Immokalee, West Palm Beach y muchas otras ciudades. Es parte de la Gira Nacional “Familias Unidas Ahora“, que se está llevando a cabo en 19 estados y más de 90 ciudades.

Después de 10 días de recorrido a lo largo de diferentes ciudades de la Florida (ver fotos), los caravanistas se unirán a cientos de latinos y otros miembros de la comunidad en una caminata por la Pequeña Habana, la cual finalizará en el festival.

Juntos haremos un llamado al Senador Marco Rubio y a todos los miembros del Congreso a para que digan que sí a un camino a la ciudadanía. Tambien vamos a invitar a personalidades y artistas de la comunidad latina, como Willy Chirino, Elvis Crespo y otros a unirse a sus fans diciendo que sí a la reforma migratoria.

Esta es una iniciativa de la campaña “Di que sí”, una coalición de organizaciones comunitarias y pro-inmigrantes que trabajan para lograr un nuevo sistema de inmigración que brinde un camino real a la ciudadanía y que mantenga unidas a las familias de la Florida.

CCA GO AWAY

(See English version below)

Por: Rosana Araujo*

Rosana Araujo, Miami Workers CenterEl 1 de Septiembre de 2011, día en que Alabama implementaría una ley antiinmigrante más fuerte que la SB1070 de Arizona y bajo un cielo amenazante por la lluvia, no impidió que un grupo de activistas afros e hispanos del sur de Florida se unieran para alzar sus voces por la construcción de un centro de detención en el condado de Broward con capacidad para 2000 camas, uno de los más grandes del país.

Alrededor de las 3:00 pm comenzaron a llegar pequeños grupos de las distintas organizaciones que con carteles, y al grito de “CCA Go Away”, reflejaban la disconformidad ante la población que circulaba en sus autos sobre Griffin Rd, haciendo que muchos de ellos desconcertados se detuvieran a preguntar qué sucedía, ya que sus líderes comunales se niegan a hablar.

Después que la administración del Presidente Obama anunciara cambios en las políticas de deportación, inmigrantes en todo el país siguen siendo detenidos y deportados.

Empresas como la Corporación de Correccionales de America (CCA) y el grupo Geo, son parte del mismo negocio: la encarcelación de inmigrantes. Por ese motivo apoyan leyes como la de Arizona y programas como Comunidades Seguras, con el fin de que sus cárceles no permanezcan vacías.

Por eso digamos “NO a la construcción de cárceles Si a la construcción de escuelas”.

Levantemos nuestras voces, CCA go AWAY.

Ver más fotos acá

*Rosana es miembro del Centro de Trabajadores de Miami.

Otras organizaciones presentes: Coalición de Inmigrantes de la Florida (FLIC), Estudiantes Trabajando por la Igualdad de Derechos (SWER), Mujeres Haitianas de Miami (FANM), Unite Here

(English version)

By: Rosana Araujo*

On September 1, 2011, the day Alabama was expected to implement an anti-immigrant law stronger than Arizona’s SB1070 and under a threatening sky, the rain did not stop a group of Afro and Latino activists in South Florida come together to raise their voices against the building of a new detention center in Broward County with a capacity of 2000 beds, one of the largest in the country.

Around 3:00 pm, small groups of the various organizations started arriving with banners and shouting “CCA Go Away,” reflecting their opposition to the people that drove by in their cars on Griffin Rd. Many of them, surprised, stopped to ask what was happening since their community leaders refuse to speak.

After Obama’s administration announced changes in the deportation policies, immigrants across the country continue to be detained and deported.

Companies like Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and the GEO Group are part of the same business: the incarceration of immigrants. That is why they support laws like Arizona and programs like Secure Communities (S-Comm) so that their prisons are always full.

We need to say “NO to prisons and YES to schools.”

Let’s raise our voices, CCA go AWAY.

See more pics here

*Rosana is member of the Miami Workers Center. 

Other organizations present at the rally were: Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC), Students Working for Equal Rights (SWER), Haitian Women of Miami (FANM), Unite Here