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A Florida lawmaker is criticizing the federal government’s temporary extension of special status for Haitian immigrants. After the 2010 earthquake, the federal government allowed thousands of Haitians to take refuge in the U.S. This week President Donald Trump extended those protections again, but by six months, not the eighteen months advocates hoped for.

Rep. Larry Metz (R-Yalaha)
Florida Channel

Legislation banning so called sanctuary policies has passed the Florida House. But it’s unclear whether the Senate will advance the bill in the final week of session.

The Florida House Chamber
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Florida gets a lot of federal funding for refugees, including people entering the state from Cuba and Haiti. But that money could go away if legislation passes pulling the state out of the federal refugee resettlement program.

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While a raft of immigration legislation is moving through the Florida House, similar proposals in the Senate appear to be on the back burner.

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A new federal policy means virtually all undocumented immigrants are targets for deportation, not just those with criminal records. But the order won’t change the operations of Leon County law enforcement.

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A Capital City immigration law attorney is recommending refugees affected by President Donald Trump’s travel ban stay in the U.S., if they can. She also has a warning for people who came to the U.S. from other countries.

Tom Flanigan

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is suing President Donald Trump over his travel ban. The ban restricts refugees and travelers from certain Muslim-majority countries.

Florida Senate

A presidential executive order immediately stopping refugees and some immigrations from several Muslim countries is causing confusion at airports around the world. Protests are beginning to spring up across the U.S. Here are the statements of local and state leaders regarding President Donald Trump's directive.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran.
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Florida House Democrats protested Republican Speaker Richard Corcoran’s decision to give a platform to a man they said is a racist.

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Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum says it’s wrong to make cities choose between “security and compassion” when it comes to immigration. The rising Democratic star and potential gubernatorial candidate is pushing back on a Presidential Executive order.

The Florida Senate chambers Tuesday.
Nick Evans

Legislation by a St. Augustine lawmaker targeting illegal immigrants convicted of certain crimes in Florida barely made it out of a senate committee Tuesday.

Sarah Mueller

Many people considered the rhetoric during 2016 campaign cycle brutal. After voters elected Donald Trump as president, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported more than a thousand hate incidents of white nationalism and harassment of minority groups.

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Florida State University President John Thrasher is joining more than five hundred other college administrators in defending undocumented immigrants.

Florida state Sen. Travis Hutson, R-Elkton, wants to enhance penalties for crimes committed by,“aliens unlawfully present in the United States.”

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Earlier last month, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a tied ruling on President Obama’s immigration reforms. The justices’ deadlock means 3.8 million undocumented immigrants nationwide are once again in danger of deportation. Here's a look into what the ruling means for Florida.

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Leon County officials and the Haitian community are rushing to aid the victims of this weekend’s bus crash in Wakulla.

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An international refugee crisis, and the growth of ISIS abroad and online, are sending shockwaves around the world. Some of those shocks are rippling through the Florida Legislature. Some state lawmakers are moving forward with plans to give the governor sweeping powers over immigration.

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Communities that provide sanctuary to undocumented immigrants are coming under fire in the Florida legislature.

Rep. Larry Metz (R-Yalaha)
Florida Channel

Republican state lawmakers are taking aim at Florida’s so-called sanctuary cities.  A measure requiring local governments to comply with federal immigration agencies passed its first committee Wednesday.

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North Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham voted in favor of a controversial bill Thursday that could make it more difficult for Syrian refugees to enter the US.

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In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks more than 30 state governors have asked Congress to stop Syrian Refugees from resettling in the U.S. Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to tighten controls on refugees coming to the U.S. from Syria and Iraq. Local immigration attorney Elizabeth Ricci says American policy for accepting refugees is much tougher than it is for immigrants.

Clara Solano and her son Rey, with Florida State University's Loyda Lopez at the WFSU studios.
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Florida State University is host to many summer camps—from music to science. But it’s also reached out to the state’s migrant community in an effort to help kids learn English.

State Republicans want presidential nominees to tone it down when it comes to immigration.
John Paul Dantanus

A group of Republicans in the Florida Legislature are calling on their party to develop new ideas for immigration reform.  The topic promises to be a point of contention in the coming presidential election.

Pam Bondi
MyFloridaLegal.com

Florida will go to court over President Obama’s recent order granting additional protections to millions of undocumented immigrants.

Florida attorney General Pam Bondi announced Friday the state will join with Texas to sue the Obama Administration over what it describes as an overreach. The move is a response to President Obama’s executive order which allowing millions of undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States without fear of deportation.

In a statement, Bondi says the lawsuit is not about immigration, but about laws.

Capital Report: 11-28-2014

Dec 1, 2014

Usually, after an election, Tallahassee turns into the sleepy southern town it really is.  Political exhaustion prompts lots of people to take a few weeks off.  And other than the cardiac arrests caused by the way Florida State University has so far won all its games this season, Florida’s Capital City has recently been a fairly sedate place.  But that tranquility was shattered in the early morning hours of November nineteenth and again on November twenty-second.  Lynn Hatter reports those two tragedies, which left two people dead and several others hurt, have shaken the city to its very co

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