FAITH IN FLORIDA IN THE NEWS
Immigration advocates slam new ICE-sheriffs detention agreement
Speakers from Tampa Bay’s faith-based, immigration and progressive communities condemned a recent immigration detention agreement between 17 Florida Sheriffs and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE).
At a Friday news conference held in front of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office annex in Ybor City — which depicts a sheriff protecting the community — Father Peter Ruggere from Corpus Christi in St. Petersburg said service is the image expected from local law enforcement, not handing off undocumented immigrants to the federal government.
¡Urgente! Últimos días para renovar DACA: Asistencia legal gratuita este fin de semana
El 5 de octubre es la fecha límite para renovar el DACA antes de que la Administración de Trump empiece a eliminar el programa gradualmente en los próximos seis meses, dejando en el limbo a 800.000 jóvenes inmigrantes que se han beneficiado del programa durante los últimos cinco años. Hasta ese día, aproximadamente 150,000 jóvenes inmigrantes cuyo DACA expira antes del 5 de marzo de 2018, son elegibles para volver a aplicar para una renovación del programa.
Religious leaders overwhelmingly condemn Trump ending DACA
That program, which the president ordered rescinded on Tuesday (Sept. 5), protected young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children or whose families overstayed their visas from deportation.
U.S. Rep. Brian Mast holding 2 town hall meetings Aug. 24 on Treasure Coast
U.S. Rep. Brian Mast will host two town hall meetings Thursday on the Treasure Coast and one in Palm Beach County.
After Confederate monument victory, Tampa civil rights leaders say there's still work to do
Having a majority of commissioners support its removal is one thing, changing institutionalized racism that seemed to underscore the debate is another.
Immigration reform group launches Florida chapter
An immigration reform group founded by tech billionaires is launching in Florida to push for common sense economic reform and a pathway to citizenship for people in the United States illegally.
FWD.us, founded by Mark Zuckerburg and Bill Gates among others, is gathering a coalition of business, community and faith leaders to push for immigration reform.
Restoring felons’ rights Miami man’s aim
If ex-felons get an easier path to getting their civil rights restored, they can thank Desmond Meade. The Miami native has taken up the issue as an international cause for more than a decade.
Meade, an attorney, is the director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. For years, he has quietly led a petition drive to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot for automatic restoration. The item failed to make the ballot in 2016. But with help from the ACLU of Florida, the NAACP, churches, civic and grassroots groups, they are trying to get a constitutional amendment on the 2018 ballot.