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Univision: “We will work until there is Immigration Reform”

On the 3rd day of our South Florida Throwdown, a Community Meeting on Immigration Reform was held to discuss the current state of immigration reform, the context of immigration in the U.S., and the work community organizations are doing to ensure a reform that works for our families.


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Palm Beach Post: Immigration reform advocates target Rooney with demonstration at Palm Beach Kennel Club

Blanca Morena, left, of Apopka, and David Benson, right, of Dade City, participate in a rally outside of Representative Tom Rooney's business, the Kennel Club, in support of immigration reform on Tuesday, August 14, 2013. Morena and Benson are part of the Remember November Farmworker Caravan that has been visiting the home offices of congressmen in 27 districts in Florida during the month of August. (Madeline Gray/The Pam Beach Post)

Blanca Morena, left, of Apopka, and David Benson, right, of Dade City, participate in a rally outside of Representative Tom Rooney’s business, the Kennel Club, in support of immigration reform on Tuesday, August 14, 2013. Morena and Benson are part of the Remember November Farmworker Caravan that has been visiting the home offices of congressmen in 27 districts in Florida during the month of August. (Madeline Gray/The Pam Beach Post)

BY GEORGE BENNETT – PALM BEACH POST STAFF WRITER

WEST PALM BEACH — Immigration reform advocates targeted U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee, on Wednesday by demonstrating 60 miles outside his district at the Palm Beach Kennel Club, the dog track owned by the Rooney family.

It was part of a “Remember In November Farmworker Caravan” traveling Florida during the August congressional recess to urge House members to support a Senate bill to create a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants who are now in the country illegally. Rooney does not support the sweeping Senate bill and favors smaller bills aimed at increasing border security and creating a guest worker program for farm laborers, Rooney spokesman Michael Mahaffey said.

As for the demonstrators’ choice of the Kennel Club at Belvedere Road and Congress Avenue, Mahaffey said, “It’s his brother’s business. He doesn’t have a role there. He doesn’t draw a salary. There’s partial ownership by a trust that his kids are the beneficiaries of.”

The Kennel Club’s president is state Rep. Pat Rooney Jr., R-West Palm Beach, who is Tom Rooney’s older brother. According to his financial disclosure report, Tom Rooney owns an interest valued at between $50,000 and $100,000 in a trust that owns stock in Investment Corporation of Palm Beach, which owns the dog track.

“That is his family’s business…He gets profits from it,” said Afifa Khaliq, of the Service Employees International Union, which helped organize the demonstration. In addition to supporting immigration reform, SEIU wanted to show opposition to cuts in federal spending. The issues are related, Khaliq said, because both are “gambling with the people’s future.”

At 5:30 p.m., 16 people from the two groups stood along Congress Avenue waving signs at cars.

Before the Kennel Club event, four members of the immigration caravan stopped by the Palm Beach Gardens office of U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, to meet with Murphy staffers. Murphy supports the Senate bill.

Tirso Moreno of the Farmworker Association of Florida said he hopes Rooney will eventually support a pathway to citizenship.

“We hope that he can be in favor of immigration reform. He comes from a very agricultural kind of district,” said Moreno, who said the guest-worker reforms Rooney favors would be “improvements,” but fall short of what reformers want.

“We’re not willing to compromise on a path to citizenship,” said Jose Amateco of a group called Farmworkers Self-Help. “We believe that farmworkers have contributed to this country already. They’ve been part of the economy, the agriculture economy, the tourism industry, the construction industry. So we believe they have made this country better….I believe that undocumented people deserve an opportunity to decide whether to pursue citizenship or not.”

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Palm Beach Post: Immigration activists will target Rooney on ‘path to citizenship’

By John Lantigua

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

WEST PALM BEACH — Activists working for immigration reform in South Florida say they will target GOP Congressman Tom Rooney of Okeechobee in the weeks to come, trying to convince him to vote for a bill that will include a path to citizenship for 11 million people now in the U.S. who entered illegally.

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Florida Caravan takes the Calle 8 Festival in Miami!

The Caravan for Immigration Reform “Making the Road to Citizenship” arrives in Miami for its grand finale at the Calle 8 Festival, to raise awareness about the importance of having an immigration reform that provides a real path to citizenship and that keeps families together.

Join us! Don’t forget to bring an orange or white t-shirt!

FL Caravan takes the Calle 8 Festival!

The Florida Caravan started on March 1st in Orlando and Haines City, and traveled through Tampa, Immokalee, West Palm Beach and many other cities. It is part of the National Bus Tour “Keeping Families Together” that is taking place in 19 states and over 90 cities.

After 10 days on the road throughout different parts of Florida (see pictures), the caravan riders will join hundreds of Latinos and other community members on a march through Little Havana that will end at the street festival.

We will call on Senator Rubio and all Members of Congress to say yes to a path to citizenship. We will also invite personalities and artists in the Latino community such as Willy Chirino, Elvis Crespo and others to join their fans in saying yes to immigration reform.

This is an initiative of the Say Yes campaign, a coalition of community and immigrant rights organizations working for a new immigration system that provides a real path to citizenship and keeps Florida’s families together.

Join the Florida Caravan for Immigration Reform “Making the Road to Citizenship”

Say Yes Launch MiamiFrom March 1 to the 10th, undocumented families, farmworkers and Dreamers will travel throughout Florida to raise awareness about the importance of an Immigration Reform that keeps our families together and provides a real and inclusive path to citizenship.

We will be sharing our immigration stories, talking about how our current immigration system has affected our lives and separated millions of families, and about why we need a new immigration system. Along the road, we will join rallys, farmworkers in the fields, and important cultural events.

Check out the itinerary, get on your car and JOIN US! Together we can make the road to citizenship!

Friday, March 1st

Orlando, 11 AM: Rally with Rep. Alan Grayson and Rep. Luis Gutierrez who came all the way from Illinois to stand with Floridians in asking for Immigration Reform now. See more info

Haines City, 3 PM: Join the Farmworker Association of Florida, Congressmen Alan Grayson and Luis Gutierrez for the official kick-off of the Florida Caravan. See more info

Saturday, March 2nd

Immokalee, 2 PM: We will visit the Farmworker Association of Florida to join their leadership assembly. 321 N first St Immokalee, FL 34142

Sunday, March 3rd

Fellsmere, 2 PM: Community Assembly with the Farmworkers Association. We will be at 18 S Orange St Fellsmere, FL 2PM

Fort Pierce, 4:00 PM: We will visit the Latin American Coalition of the Treasure Coast for a cultural event. We will be at 2300 Virginia Ave

Monday, Match 4th

Apopka, 12:00 PM: Press Conference with the Farmworkers Association at 1264 Apopka Blvd, Apopka, FL

Apopka, 7:00 PM: Community Townhall. 1264 Apopka Blvd, Apopka, FL

Tuesday, March 5th

Lakeland, 1 PM: Press Conference at Cong. Dennis Ross’ Office. 170 Fitzgerald Road, Lakeland, FL
Plant City, 7 PM: Community Townhall with Farmworkers at 1104 N Alexander St, Plant City, FL

Wednesday, March 6th

Tampa, 12 PM: Press Conference at Senator Marco Rubio’s office. 3802 Spectrum Boulevard, Tampa
Dade City, 6 PM: Community Town Hall with farmworkers at 37240 Lock St, Dade City

Thursday, March 7th

Venice, 1 PM: The Florida Caravan will join a Farmworkers’ March organized by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to demand fair treatment to farmworkers and immigration reform to keep their families together. 5800 S Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL

Sebring, 6 PM: Community Townhall with Farmworkers at 4507 George Blvd., Sebring

Friday, March 8th

Belle Glade, 12 PM: Lunch with farmworkers at 7450 HWY 15, Belle Glade
West Palm Beach, 6 PM: The Palm Beach community is organizing a cultural event with music and DJs to receive the caravan, at El Pollo Granjero, 1905 S Military Trail, West Palm Beach. Check out their promotional video here

Saturday, March 8th

Florida City – Homestead, 5 PM: Join WeCount! and the Farmworkers Association in a march down Krome Ave. Starting Point: 450 W Davis Pkwy, Florida City, FL 33034.

Sunday, March 10th

Miami, 2 PM: GRAND FINALE at the Calle 8 Festival! Hundreds will walk toward Calle 8 and will join thousands of Latinos to celebrate our culture. The meeting point is St. Michael Church at 2987 W Flagler St. See more info