Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee's Celebrate America event at Tom Brown Park has music, fireworks and other family fun. But it was also a celebration to welcome new Americans.

Kaleigh Wright

North Florida Congressman Al Lawson wants to see the end of a federal policy separating immigant children from their families. Theresa Frederick spoke as a representative for lawson's office at a press conference Tuesday. Frederick said Lawson is hopeful Republicans and Democrats will unite to protect immigrant children.


As part of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, law enforcement officials and other stakeholders are coming together to make sure Floridians know what to look for to help combat the modern day slavery practice.

Rene Garcia
Florida Senate /

More children could soon be allowed to sign up for the low-income health insurance program, KidCare.

SB 282 will eliminate a five-year waiting period for legal immigrant children to get healthcare.  It will allow nearly 30,000 low-income, legally residing children to participate in the KidCare insurance program.  Bill sponsor, Sen. Rene Garcia of Miami, says the proposal is long overdue and will not cost the state much money.

Florida Senate

The Florida Senate took a step today toward allowing the state Supreme Court discretion in admitting undocumented immigrants to practice law.  The vote to approve an amendment doing so comes after the Supreme Court recently denied an undocumented student admission to the bar. But in his written opinion, Justice Jorge Labarga urged the Legislature to act.

During a passionate floor debate, Sen. Charlie Dean (R-Inverness)  said the law student’s story changed how he thinks about immigrants.

Capital Report: 03-20-2014

Mar 20, 2014

While the so-called Warning Shot bill was being teed up for a vote in the Senate, a couple of gun-related measures made it through the full House today. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, verbal shots were exchanged between lawmakers before a revived attempt to repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground law once again went down to defeat.