undocumented immigrants

Florida Senate

A proposal to give children of undocumented immigrants in-state tuition at public colleges and universities in Florida may be dead for the year.

The House included the tuition issue a part of its legislative agenda and it was a priority of Speaker Will Weatherford. but the plan to give undocumented students in-state tuition faced an uphill battle in the Senate from the start, with strong opposition coming from Senate President Don Gaetz.

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The Florida House and a Senate committee each passed bills this week that would give undocumented immigrants in-state college tuition. It’s been a decade since Democrats started pushing the measure, which two-thirds of the House approved. 

It’s still early in the 2014 lawmaking session, but already gaps between the House and Senate are starting to emerge.

The Legislature has passed some high-priority bills, but other proposals are starting to stall out.

Capital Report: 03-07-2014

Mar 7, 2014

Years after it became law, the Federal Affordable Care Act – “Obamacare” if you prefer – is still a topic of ferocious debate and political grandstanding.  Florida was one of the states that chose not to set up a health care exchange of its own in support of the federal law.  But, quietly and without much fanfare, Florida did roll out a health insurance marketplace of sorts earlier this week. Lynn Hatter reports that marketplace should not be confused with the federal health insurance exchanges and should by no means be associated with Obamacare..

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Hispanic Democratic Florida lawmakers are rallying to change state professional-licensing requirements after the Florida Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday undocumented immigrants cannot be admitted to the Florida Bar as lawyers. At the same time, undocumented students called on President Barack Obama to push federal immigration reform as he visited Miami today.

The children of undocumented immigrants could soon be eligible for the in-state tuition rate at Florida’s public colleges and universities. A House bill allowing the change is heading to the chamber floor, signaling a change of heart by Republicans who have opposed the measure in years past.

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Members of the Florida Immigrant Coalition traveled to Tallahassee from around the state to greet the newest members of the Florida Legislature that were sworn in Tuesday. The group, which is made up of various immigrant rights organizations, wants to make sure immigrant’s voices are heard in the upcoming legislative session.

The group is working to shed light on immigrant issues in Florida and around the nation. Organizer Melissa McGuire-Maniau said, after a strong Hispanic turnout in the last election, lawmakers should know that they’re not going anywhere.

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners wants the state's highest court to weigh in on whether it should waive its rules and allow an undocumented immigrant to become a lawyer. The Florida Supreme Court took up the case Tuesday, but appeared skeptical about claims that it has the authority to admit Jose Godinez-Samperio to the Florida Bar.