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A reprieve? Immigration officials cancel meeting with Palm Beach restaurant manager

A reprieve? Immigration officials cancel meeting with Palm Beach restaurant manager

Francisco Javier Gonzalez’s meeting with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials was canceled Friday, and the Palm Beach restaurant manager will likely be granted an extended stay into the summer, according to his lawyer. Gonzalez, the manager of Pizza Al Fresco in Palm Beach, had a meeting scheduled at an ICE office in Miramar on Friday morning to receive an update on his immigration...
NEW: Why this Palm Beach restaurant manager facing deportation remains hopeful

NEW: Why this Palm Beach restaurant manager facing deportation remains hopeful

Someone had to unload the box of red wine, so Francisco Javier Gonzalez grabbed two bottles and began stowing them on a shelf. He had come to Pizza Al Fresco on Wednesday, and every other day, to work. To not think about his immigration status. To not think about what might happen later this week, when he will meet with customs agents again. To not think about what might happen to his family...
PEACE calls for community IDs, slams commissioners who skipped meeting

PEACE calls for community IDs, slams commissioners who skipped meeting

More than 2,000 people attended a community meeting at the Palm Beach County Convention Center Monday evening, but organizers were miffed that figure wasn’t a little larger. Officials from the social activism group People Engaged in Active Community Efforts called out six of the county’s seven commissioners for skipping the gathering, saying the commissioners’ absences underscored...

POINT OF VIEW: Impact of 1980 Mariel Boatlift evident then and now

“Picture a 20-foot Feathercraft aluminum boat powered with a 35-horsepower Evinrude motor bouncing in 8-foot seas with a dozen members of a family hanging on to the boat for dear life. That is what I saw 38 years ago on CBS live television in Florida Gov. Bob Graham’s office. I still remember it vividly today.” The Mariel Boatlift started with a surprise announcement by Cuban President...
Editorial: Feds take an unfair swipe at West Palm Beach on immigration

Editorial: Feds take an unfair swipe at West Palm Beach on immigration

Who would have thought the words “Welcoming City” would produce this? What began as a sensible resolution describing the role West Palm Beach would play in federal deportation efforts ended up with taunts and backbiting that give intergovernmental relations a bad name. The U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) cited West Palm Beach and 22 other jurisdictions for allegedly adopting policies that...
Woman arrested for stealing a salad now facing deportation

Woman arrested for stealing a salad now facing deportation

  A North Carolina woman is facing deportation after allegedly stealing a salad and fruit last month from the Wilmington restaurant where she worked, according to news reports. >> Read more trending news  Irma Carranza Cruz, 43, was accused of stealing food valued at $28.44 from her employer, the Famous Toastery in Wilmington, WECT-TV reported. When Cruz was arrested on the felony...

POINT OF VIEW: We shouldn’t be afraid to question our government

As a child of the 1950s and 1960s, I remember President John F. Kennedy being shot. I don’t remember Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s Communist Red Scare, only its effects. Our government wanted us to believe there was a “Commie” behind every tree — and in every Hollywood movie. Then came the Cold War. We had nuclear missile attack drills in grade school. Every kid would hide under...
Woman with three young daughters to be deported after attending DHS check-in meeting

Woman with three young daughters to be deported after attending DHS check-in meeting

A Washington State woman with three young children will be deported and separated from her three daughters. >> Read more trending news  Marysville resident Bernada Pineda said she has no criminal history and thought she was walking into a regular check-in meeting with Department of Homeland Security officials. Instead, she left the meeting with a deportation order to return to...
Corcoran attacks Senate GOP for not backing his sanctuary cities plan

Corcoran attacks Senate GOP for not backing his sanctuary cities plan

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran on Tuesday labeled Senate Republicans as “not real conservatives” for failing to move forward with his priority to ban “sanctuary cities.” With less than two weeks remaining in the legislative session, the Senate version of Corcoran’s plan (SB 308) has not gotten through committees, and the Senate sponsor indicated he does not expect...

POINT OF VIEW: Congress has failed on DACA; here’s what must happen now

Having spent the better part of two decades trying to tackle the challenges we face as a country, I sometimes feel a little defensive when I hear someone say Congress is incapable of solving big problems. But that’s a hard point to argue after watching the Senate squander its best opportunity to pass legislation both to protect young immigrants affected by the uncertain future of the Deferred...
Scott to sign bill putting statue of black educator in U.S. Capitol

Scott to sign bill putting statue of black educator in U.S. Capitol

Gov. Rick Scott plans to sign a bill that would lead to a statue of civil-rights leader and educator Mary McLeod Bethune replacing the likeness of a Confederate general as a representative of Florida in the U.S. Capitol. The Florida House voted 111-1 on Tuesday to support placing the statue of Bethune in the National Statuary Hall in Washington, replacing Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith. Rep....
Corcoran, Gillum debate immigration, ‘sanctuary cities’ in Tallahassee

Corcoran, Gillum debate immigration, ‘sanctuary cities’ in Tallahassee

In a production filled with political theater, a Democratic candidate for governor and a legislative leader who’s toying with a run for the same office took the stage Tuesday night in a debate over immigration and “sanctuary cities.” Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and House Speaker Richard Corcoran, a Republican who hasn’t announced whether he’s in the gubernatorial...
Corcoran ‘sanctuary state’ ad draws fire from Dems Gillum, Levine

Corcoran ‘sanctuary state’ ad draws fire from Dems Gillum, Levine

Democrats are decrying an ad by House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s PAC that depicts an illegal immigrant shooting an innocent woman. Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land-O’Lakes, is not an announced candidate for governor, but his recent TV ad pledging that he won’t allow Florida to become a “sanctuary state” for illegal...
Florida poll: Who are these people running for governor?

Florida poll: Who are these people running for governor?

Florida governor candidates, from left: Republicans Adam Putnam, Ron DeSantis, Richard Corcoran; Democrats Gwen Graham, Andrew Gillum, Philip Levine, Chris King. An overwhelming majority of Florida voters haven’t heard of any of the Republican or Democratic candidates for governor, according to a University of North Florida poll released today. The poll...
Nelson — and Rubio and Scott — take credit for new dike repair money

Nelson — and Rubio and Scott — take credit for new dike repair money

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson met with Glades officials Friday in West Palm Beach to tout the passage of a budget deal with additional funding that could be used to expedite repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike at Lake Okeechobee. Hurricane Irma’s push through Florida last year renewed long-standing fears of what a rupture would mean for Glades residents protected by the dike, whose construction dates...
How your member of Congress voted on latest budget deal…

How your member of Congress voted on latest budget deal…

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. U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, broke with most House Democrats early this morning and voted for a spending bill that keeps...
Commentary: Trump wrong about MS-13. His rhetoric will make it worse.

Commentary: Trump wrong about MS-13. His rhetoric will make it worse.

President Donald Trump claimed Tuesday night in the State of the Union address that the changes he wants to U.S. immigration laws are needed to keep Americans safe. The central piece of evidence in his argument was MS-13, the deadly gang also known as Mara Salvatrucha. “Tonight, I am calling on the Congress to finally close the deadly loopholes that have allowed MS-13 and other criminal gangs...
Bill targeting ‘sanctuary cities’ stalls in Florida Senate

Bill targeting ‘sanctuary cities’ stalls in Florida Senate

A controversial measure that would ban so-called “sanctuary cities” in Florida stalled Tuesday in the Senate but is already playing a role in the 2018 gubernatorial campaign. Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, tabled his proposed sanctuary-city ban (SB 308) as it was scheduled to be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee. He faced bipartisan opposition to the measure aimed at requiring...
Mast, Frankel, Hastings mark opening of shared office at VA hospital

Mast, Frankel, Hastings mark opening of shared office at VA hospital

Three members of Palm Beach County’s congressional delegation marked the opening of shared office space at Palm Beach County’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center Friday, pointing to the project as an indication of bipartisan commitment to helping those who served the country in uniform. Two Democrats — U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, and U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Delray...
NEW: More than 500 new U.S. citizens sworn in at South Florida Fair

NEW: More than 500 new U.S. citizens sworn in at South Florida Fair

The immigration debate brought Washington, D.C., to a standstill this week, drove much of the discussion at presidential debates in 2016 and has been one of President Donald Trump’s signature platforms. But there was little discussion of any political controversies Tuesday as more than 500 people from 65 countries were sworn in as U.S. citizens during an emotional ceremony at the South...
Nelson votes to keep government running, reversing his Friday vote

Nelson votes to keep government running, reversing his Friday vote

Less than 72 hours after voting to shut down the federal government, Florida U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and most of his Democratic colleagues softened their position on immigration Monday and supported an agreement to keep the government running through Feb. 8. Nelson — up for re-election this year and attacked by Republicans for his shutdown vote — joined the majority in Monday’s 81-to-18...
Shutdown vote reveals 2018 vs. 2020 Democratic divide

Shutdown vote reveals 2018 vs. 2020 Democratic divide

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (left) and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson were back on the same side in today’s vote to end a government shutdown. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Less than 72 hours after   voting for a federal government shutdown, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson and most of his Democratic colleagues reversed course today on a vote clearing...
Feeling shutdown heat, Dem Bill Nelson amends explanation, stresses bipartisanship

Feeling shutdown heat, Dem Bill Nelson amends explanation, stresses bipartisanship

Sen. Bill Nelson in his West Palm Beach office last year. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson‘s Friday night vote against keeping the federal government open is drawing criticism from Republicans — and an amended explanation from Nelson, who’s up for re-election this year in a state Donald Trump...
Shutdown: Some Senate Dems from Trump states vote with GOP; Florida’s Bill Nelson does not

Shutdown: Some Senate Dems from Trump states vote with GOP; Florida’s Bill Nelson does not

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (left) supported a short-term spending measure to avert a federal government shutdown; Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson was opposed. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Five Democratic senators from states that President Donald Trump carried in 2016 broke with party leadership late Friday and voted for a spending plan to avert a federal...
Shutdown: Some Senate Dems from Trump states vote with GOP; Florida’s Bill Nelson does not

Shutdown: Some Senate Dems from Trump states vote with GOP; Florida’s Bill Nelson does not

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (left) supported a short-term spending measure to avert a federal government shutdown; Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson was opposed. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Five Democratic senators from states that President Donald Trump carried in 2016 broke with party leadership late Friday and voted for a spending plan to avert a federal...
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...
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