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With a sign that read “Biden’s Border Crisis”, Governor DeSantis convened press today to witness him signing into law SB1808, another of his culture war bills. He announced a special grand jury to further double down on the fact that he is building a Florida is a hostile state to people who are seeking safety and refuge and that call Florida home.
A Louisiana federal judge ruled on Friday that Title 42 cannot end on Monday, May 23rd as it was scheduled to. Title 42 is a Trump-Era policy that led to the expulsion of more than one million lawful asylum seekers at our borders. It unjustly targeted Black immigrants, caused asylum seekers to face more dangers, and played no role in minimizing COVID-19 cases.
After a long wait and countless appeals from the Cameroonian community and activists, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have finally announced Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Cameroon.
The Florida Immigrant Coalition stands in solidarity with activists who took action against Governor Ron DeSantis and state legislators, who prioritized wealthy corporations and their personal political aspirations over the good and the will of Floridians.
Florida House Republicans moved to approve SB1808 in a 77 to 42 vote despite overwhelming public outcry in opposition to the bill. The bill could potentially impact Cuban, Afghan, Venezuelan asylum seekers, Ukrainian evacuees pending DREAMers and TPS recipients, among others.
Immigration lawyers have been sounding the alarm as Governor DeSantis’ backed anti-immigration bill continues to make its way to a House vote, after it was voted favorably in the Senate in a party-line vote last week.
Yesterday, two different courts, one in Washington D.C. and one in Texas, ruled on two different Title 42 cases. In the Washington D.C. case, Huisha-Huisa vs DHS, the court found that the government cannot use the public health order to expel people back to countries where they are likely to suffer persecution or torture.
The Florida Senate moved to approve SB1808 in a 24 to 15 vote despite overwhelming opposition from business leaders, faith leaders, community leaders, and former Cuban Pedro Pan refugees. While Floridians face real crises such as skyrocketing rents, legislative leadership are instead placating to Governor’s Ron DeSantis’ future political ambitions with culture wars and tax giveaways to wealthy donors.
The Florida Immigrant Coalition Votes will launch a $100,000 Spanish language radio media buy in the South and Central Florida market targeting Governor Ron DeSantis for his attacks on unaccompanied migrant children that seek refuge in Florida and the nonprofit organizations that seek to care and reunite them with loved ones.
This morning the Florida Immigrant Coalition Votes launched a $25,000 Spanish language radio media buy in the South Florida market targeting State Senators Ileana Garcia and Ana Maria Rodriguez for supporting Governor Ron DeSantis’ attacks on unaccompanied migrant children that seek refuge in Florida and the nonprofit organizations that seek to care and reunite them with loved ones.
Florida’s governor and Republican legislators continue to prioritize their political aspirations over the well-being of all Floridians. Rather than focusing on the housing crisis and finally getting to the other side of an unprecedented pandemic, Republican state legislators are attacking children seeking refuge, and the faith leaders poised to protect them.
Peter Pan refugees, immigrant advocates, children who were formerly unaccompanied minors, young immigrants, community leaders, business owners and impacted immigrants will hold a press conference outside Miami’s historical Freedom Tower.