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Trump in Palm Beach: President rips Democrats, briefed on Hawaii missile mishap

Trump in Palm Beach: President rips Democrats, briefed on Hawaii missile mishap

Tweeting from his Mar-a-Lago estate and from his motorcade on the way to his golf club on Saturday, President Donald Trump tried to regain the initiative in immigration talks with Democrats after his vulgar disparagement of Haiti and Africa caused an international uproar. The president, spending the three-day Martin Luther King Day weekend at his tropical White House, was also briefed on...
Christie: Tough to trust Trump on immigration reform after ending TPS for Salvadorans

Christie: Tough to trust Trump on immigration reform after ending TPS for Salvadorans

President Donald Trump, accompanied by Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, right, speaks during a meeting with Republican Senators on immigration in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington. Nielsen told the Associated Press last week that short-term extensions of TPS are not the answer. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) President Donald Trump is...

POINT OF VIEW: The Christmas story for migrants

The story of Jesus’ birth and of how his wandering family finally found refuge in a barn, among animals and gathering shepherds, carries a strong message for the United States today. It tells us that providing hospitality to those in need can bring unexpected blessings. It also reminds us of our values as members of faith communities. Sadly, the Trump administration is tearing families apart...
LATEST: Nine detained after boat lands in Jupiter; trafficking probed

LATEST: Nine detained after boat lands in Jupiter; trafficking probed

U.S. Border Control agents early Wednesday detained nine passengers on a boat that came ashore near the Jupiter Inlet, Homeland Security Investigations said. Eight of the passengers were foreign nationals from as far away as China and Turkey, said a spokesman for Homeland Security. They were taken into custody as part of a criminal investigation, along with one American who was aboard, and remain...
Editorial: Boynton Beach, roiled by racial rift, has repair work to do

Editorial: Boynton Beach, roiled by racial rift, has repair work to do

To the relief of many, a Boynton Beach resident labeled a “racist” and “white supremacist” has resigned from the advisory board of the Community Redevelopment Agency – the very agency that works to improve the city’s struggling neighborhoods inhabited mainly by people of color. Cindy Falco-DiCorrado insisted that she has been misunderstood, and — to her credit...
POINT OF VIEW: Ending DACA will have ripple negative effect on U.S.

POINT OF VIEW: Ending DACA will have ripple negative effect on U.S.

As many of us countdown to the new year in the happy embrace of family, a generation of young Americans faces a countdown filled with anxiety about changes that could uproot their lives and loved ones. This new year brings uncertainty for young people protected by the policy known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. When the policy was established in 2012 under President Barack...

E-verify requirement for businesses sought in Florida constitution

Florida businesses would have to verify through the federal government that newly hired employees aren’t undocumented immigrants, under a measure that moved closer Tuesday to appearing before voters in 2018 despite opposition from agriculture interests. A panel of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission unanimously backed a proposal (P 29) that would require all employers in Florida to...
Editorial: Acting DHS chief should extend protections for Haitians

Editorial: Acting DHS chief should extend protections for Haitians

The Trump administration is once again twisting itself in knots over what to do about the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) granted to some 58,000 Haitians, and their 27,000 U.S.-born offspring, currently living here. White House hard-liners — led by chief of staff John F. Kelly — continue to press for revoking TPS for the Haitians, having already done so for immigrants from several other...
Commentary: Here’s what a better NAFTA looks like

Commentary: Here’s what a better NAFTA looks like

It’s hard to see where the Trump administration’s renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement is going, but we do know what a “good” trade deal, one that benefits working people and their communities, should look like. For millions of working families, NAFTA has meant lost jobs, closed factories and call centers, and lower wages, with most unable to find jobs that...
Editorial: Sheriff links arms with U.S. in shameful migrant hunt

Editorial: Sheriff links arms with U.S. in shameful migrant hunt

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and county commissioners are walking a fine line to help Washington with its trumped-up efforts to fight illegal immigration. Bradshaw all but said he was forced to sign a cooperation certification that gives the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) access to county detention facilities and requires advance notice from the sheriff of releasing any alien...
County set to work with Trump on immigration to improve grant chances

County set to work with Trump on immigration to improve grant chances

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and the Board of County Commissioners have agreed to a Trump administration request for cooperation with its efforts to combat illegal immigration. But Bradshaw has told county officials that cooperation — which gives PBSO a better shot at coveted federal grant funds — won’t call for his department to do anything more than it is already doing...

POINT OF VIEW: We can definitely stop calling it a ‘Muslim ban’

When President Donald Trump came into office, one of the first things he did was issue a temporary ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries. It was an early flash point for the so-called resistance, prompting Americans to protest the executive order by going to airports. It also prompted legal challenges and rebukes from the courts, and its implementation was chaotic. Last Sunday, the...

POINT OF VIEW: Why I’m suing Trump over DACA

As secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, a little more than five years ago I signed the directive that created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. On Sept. 5, President Donald Trump ended DACA on not much more than a whim. On Sept. 8, in my capacity as president of the University of California, I filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to prevent the government from stripping...

Holder: Americans must stand with the ‘dreamers’

Our nation’s sense of morality — and of itself — is once again being tested. President Donald Trump has scrapped the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, threatening to deport nearly 800,000 young, immigrants — the “dreamers” — and crassly justifying the decision by hiding behind a false interpretation of immigration law and our constitutional...
DACA: What Reps. Mast, Frankel, Deutch, Hastings say about Trump’s decision

DACA: What Reps. Mast, Frankel, Deutch, Hastings say about Trump’s decision

Palm Beach County’s U.S. House delegation for the 115th Congress, clockwise from top left: Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City; Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Delray Beach; Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton; Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach. The three Democrats in Palm Beach County’s U.S. House delegation blasted President Donald Trump‘s decision to end...
NEW: Trump guts Obama’s DACA order; GOP under pressure to produce law

NEW: Trump guts Obama’s DACA order; GOP under pressure to produce law

With President Donald Trump planning to end a program that protects an estimated 800,000 foreign-born people who were brought to the U.S. illegally, top Florida Republicans urged the GOP-controlled Congress to come up with a solution that doesn’t punish young immigrants for their parents’ actions. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday called former President Barack Obama’s Deferred...
Goodman: With DACA decision, Trump sells out American Dream to pander to his base

Goodman: With DACA decision, Trump sells out American Dream to pander to his base

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces “wind down” of a program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children, (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Signaling sympathies to white supremacists in Charlottesville. Pardoning Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. And now ending the DACA program. In the space of a few weeks...
Scott on DACA: Not in favor of ‘punishing children’ for parents’ actions

Scott on DACA: Not in favor of ‘punishing children’ for parents’ actions

Gov. Rick Scott is urging Congress to act “immediately” to address a program that helps keep undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children from being deported. Scott’s statement, released late Friday, comes as the White House says President Donald Trump will announce on Tuesday his decision whether or not to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood...
Unlicensed driver crashes spike 30%, fuel immigration debate

Unlicensed driver crashes spike 30%, fuel immigration debate

In the wake of fatal crashes with unlicensed immigrants that left families grieving in Jupiter and Boynton Beach, records requested by The Palm Beach Post show accidents involving drivers without licenses increased 30 percent in Palm Beach County in 2016, twice the statewide rise. State crash records do not identify the immigration status of unlicensed drivers, but headline cases in Palm Beach County...

POINT OF VIEW: Trump should protect DACA, DREAMers

June marked the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Coinciding with this milestone, the Trump Administration indicated it would keep the program intact, preserving the protections it grants nearly 800,000 young immigrants — nearly 40,000 of whom live here in Florida. Now, however, a small group of elected officials is making it its mission to undermine...
Supplies from Jupiter Elementary make their way to Guatemalan students

Supplies from Jupiter Elementary make their way to Guatemalan students

When Erika Noemi Hernandez Ros asks her students to pull out their notebooks, she is met with blank stares. Most of her 19 students at the rural elementary school in Tzisa, Huehuetenango, just outside the town center of Jacaltenango, don’t have notebooks. Or pencils, or lunches, or even shoes. Thanks to recent donations from Jupiter Elementary School, though, Hernandez Ros could respond...
Jupiter’s deep connection to one Guatemalan town

Jupiter’s deep connection to one Guatemalan town

Marcos Cota Diaz didn’t dream of trimming bushes under the South Florida sun nor did he imagine his baby girl would learn the sound of his voice from international phone calls. But in 2001, the Guatemalan native felt stuck. He yearned to put a roof over his family’s heads and his children through school so he did what many in his hometown of Jacaltenango with a dream do. He went to Jupiter...
U.S. Rep. Brian Mast to hold town hall meeting in Jupiter

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast to hold town hall meeting in Jupiter

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast (R-Palm City) plans a town hall meeting on Thursday in Jupiter The Jupiter Community Center, 200 Military Trail, is the site for a town hall meeting Thursday from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. with U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, (R-Palm City). The meeting is free and open to the public. Reservations are suggested. To make a reservation or for information, go to ...
Miami-Dade mayor criticizes Trump as Trump’s AG praises Florida county

Miami-Dade mayor criticizes Trump as Trump’s AG praises Florida county

Attorney General Jeff Sessions commended Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez for shedding his jurisdiction’s “sanctuary city” status on a day when Gimenez ripped President Donald Trump for his “ambiguity” about blame for the deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Sessions scheduled Wednesday’s visit to highlight the Trump Administration&rsquo...
AG Jeff Sessions visits Miami to blast Chicago on ‘sanctuary city’ policy

AG Jeff Sessions visits Miami to blast Chicago on ‘sanctuary city’ policy

Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Miami. MIAMI — Attorney General Jeff Sessions came to town to commend Miami Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez for cooperating with the federal government by holding jail inmates who have been targeted for deportation, but most of Sessions’ remarks were aimed at Chicago, which is challenging the policy. Sessions...
Border patrol takes three into custody on West Palm street corner

Border patrol takes three into custody on West Palm street corner

For the past two years, Eugenio Augustin Guzaro stood curbside on 44th Street and Broadway in West Palm Beach and waited to secure work as a day laborer. That routine ended Monday afternoon when Augustin Guzaro, 44, and two unidentified men were taken into custody on that same street corner by U.S. Border Patrol agents. A border patrol spokesman confirmed that one of the men was arrested for...
Editorial: After Charlottesville, speak truth to power about hate

Editorial: After Charlottesville, speak truth to power about hate

Seventy years after the end of World War II, 32-year-old Heather Heyer died fighting Nazis. On American soil. Fifty years after passage of the Voting Rights Act, Virginia state troopers H. Jay Cullen and Berke M.M. Bates died protecting the right of white supremacists to demonstrate. On American soil. The pain of this seminal moment fresh on Saturday, President Donald J. Trump, instead of identifying...
Letters: Trump has hands full; he’s led presidentially

Letters: Trump has hands full; he’s led presidentially

Editor’s note: Our mailbox is overflowing with letters about the weekend’s hate-group rally in Charlottesville, Va., a high proportion of them criticizing President Donald Trump for his response to the violence. Here is a sample. Trump has hands full; he’s led presidentially During last year’s election, I supported Donald Trump with serious reservations. Since he took office...
‘Beleaguered’ or not, AG Jeff Sessions coming to Miami

‘Beleaguered’ or not, AG Jeff Sessions coming to Miami

Attorney General Jeff Sessions at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach in March. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will visit Miami on Wednesday to commend Miami-Dade County for not being a “sanctuary city” and cooperating with President Donald Trump‘s administration by extending detentions of local inmates who are being...
Trump backs limits to immigration as Mar-a-Lago seeks foreign workers

Trump backs limits to immigration as Mar-a-Lago seeks foreign workers

President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping of China shake hands during a dinner at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., April, 6, 2017. At left are Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, and Peng Liyuan, Xi’s wife. (Doug Mills/The New York Times) Mar-a-Lago is moving forward with plans to hire foreign workers despite the president&rsquo...
Which terminology to use? ‘Illegal’ or ‘undocumented’?

Which terminology to use? ‘Illegal’ or ‘undocumented’?

What’s in a name? When it comes to the immigration debate, quite a lot. The terminology one chooses to use in describing people who have entered the country illegally or remained in it without proper documentation says a lot about where one comes down on things like border enforcement, deportations and a pathway to citizenship. In general, those who favor more aggressive border enforcement,...
Immigration in the age of Trump: What it means for Palm Beach County

Immigration in the age of Trump: What it means for Palm Beach County

Immigration returned to the forefront of political discourse with the emergence of Donald Trump, who announced his bid for the presidency two years ago by saying he would build a wall between the United States and Mexico, which he accused of sending drugs and rapists into the U.S. That wall has not yet materialized — Congress has so far refused to go along with funding for it — but...
Editorial: Fear, not fairness result of harsh deportation policy

Editorial: Fear, not fairness result of harsh deportation policy

We all saw this coming. The collateral damage from President Donald J. Trump’s stepped up detentions and deportations of undocumented immigrants. The moral buzz saw that it has revved up for local governments. Stories abound these days of families from Riverside, California, to Riviera Beach being torn apart as loved ones are suddenly rounded up and detained as they wait to be deported. The...
Rep. Mast checks with ICE about potential Jupiter deportation case

Rep. Mast checks with ICE about potential Jupiter deportation case

The office of U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, has reached out to federal immigration officials to learn more about the detention of Victor Chavez, a Jupiter man whose case has become another flash point in the ongoing debate about illegal immigration. Brad Stewart, a spokesman for Mast, said last week that the congressman’s office had not intervened in the case because no one...
Jupiter business owners — parents of U.S.-born teen — face deportation

Jupiter business owners — parents of U.S.-born teen — face deportation

For four years, Victor Chavez and his wife, Maty Carrillo, have operated a tire sales and auto repair shop in Jupiter, just down the street from the two-bedroom home they rent. Their Tikal Tires shop has been the quintessential mom and pop operation. Both natives of Guatemala, they wore dark blue work uniforms with a square name patch. Both got their hands dirty in the work, happily so, seeing...
Non-criminal immigrants increasingly caught in deportation dragnet

Non-criminal immigrants increasingly caught in deportation dragnet

Gloriana Gonzalez fits nobody’s idea of a dangerous immigrant. The 43-year-old Venezuelan holds a master’s degree, volunteers at her church in Palm Beach Gardens and regularly competes in half-marathons. But after a July 6 fender bender at her condo complex in Riviera Beach, the other driver called police. When the officer learned Gonzalez spoke little English and didn’t have...
Christie: No easy answer for fate of undocumented Palm Beach restaurant manager

Christie: No easy answer for fate of undocumented Palm Beach restaurant manager

In this undated photograph Francisco Javier Gonzalez, manager of Pizza Al Fresco, with his wife Tara Gonzalez, and daughter Aviana, left, Bianca, center, and Karina, right. (Photo curtesy Gonzalez family) The question of what should be the fate of  Francisco Javier Gonzalez has made its way onto the Post’s Opinion pages. In today’s Letters to the Editor...
BREAKING: Restaurant manager thanks backers after deportation reprieve

BREAKING: Restaurant manager thanks backers after deportation reprieve

Francisco Javier Gonzalez, the manager of the Pizza Al Fresco restaurant on Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue who was facing the risk of deportation under President Donald Trump’s new immigration policy, on Friday thanked the thousands of people who signed an online petition on his behalf. “I really want to thank the community,” he said. “Me and my family really appreciate the...
BREAKING: Restaurant manager facing deportation gets 3 month reprieve

BREAKING: Restaurant manager facing deportation gets 3 month reprieve

Francisco Javier Gonzalez, the manager of the Pizza Al Fresco restaurant on Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue who was facing the risk of deportation under President Donald Trump’s new immigration policy, has been given a 3-month reprieve, his attorney announced on Thursday. Gonzalez was scheduled to check in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in Broward County on Friday...
Popular restaurant manager faces deportation: 5 things to know

Popular restaurant manager faces deportation: 5 things to know

Francisco Javier Gonzalez, the manager of the Pizza Al Fresco restaurant on Palm Beach’s trendy Worth Avenue, is facing the risk of deportation under President Donald Trump’s new immigration policy. Here are 5 things to know about his case: 1. Gonzalez has an appointment at 10 a.m. Friday to check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in Broward County. Until this year,...
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