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Police say intoxicated man hoping to be deported decides to run naked down a Florida street
By Associated Press, April 7, 2009
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities said a man claiming to be an illegal immigrant ran naked down a Port St. Lucie street so that he would be sent back to Mexico. Police responded to a home Saturday night where they found a 28-year-old man arguing with his boyfriend.
Immigrant detention often unconstitutional, Palm Beach County public defender says
By Luis F. Perez, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, March 29, 2009
A Palm Beach County assistant public defender has accused the Sheriff's Office of violating the U.S. Constitution by detaining undocumented immigrants sometimes for weeks or months. Daniel Cohen is fighting the jailing of immigrants based on a federal agent's signing two sheets of paper. What they sign is not reviewed by a court and is not a warrant or a sworn statement, and that violates the Constitution, he says.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the sheriff take a different view.
Arrest, detention of Tavares mother fuel debate about treatment of illegal immigrants
Victor Manuel Ramos,Sentinel Staff Writer,February 25, 2009
An undocumented Honduran immigrant was released from the Lake County jail and handed to federal authorities Tuesday after police arrested her a week ago while responding to a domestic-assault call.
Civil-rights attorneys say the detention violated her rights, and advocates are calling for an end to arrests of immigrants by local police.
Rita Cote, a 23-year-old mother of three U.S.-born children, was held for more than a week before the Lake County Sheriff's Office realized it and notified immigration authorities.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida filed a petition in federal court alleging violations of Cote's constitutional rights. But before the case was heard, the woman was released to Border Patrol agents.
Layoffs stoke anger toward immigrants
Jim Stratton, Sentinel Staff Writer, February 17, 2009
The voicemail came from a Korean War veteran, a man who claimed to know why Americans were losing jobs.
"It's this illegal-immigration thing," he said in a message left for a Sentinel reporter. "It seems like our laws have gone out the window."
The OrlandoSentinel.com post from "Winner" of Fort Myers was more caustic: "Kick [out] all the Mexicans, Cubans and all the other aliens that do not belong here and real Americans could have real jobs!"
With layoffs becoming a weekly event, the debate over immigration is erupting again in Florida and across the nation. Activists say foreign workers -- legal and otherwise -- are taking American jobs at the worst possible time.
States Take New Tack on Illegal Immigration
By DAMIEN CAVE, New York Times, 6/10/08
MILTON, Fla. — Three months after the local police inspected more than a dozen businesses searching for illegal immigrants using stolen Social Security numbers, this community in the Florida Panhandle has become more law-abiding, emptier and whiter.
“What we’re victims of is a system that’s broken.” JOHN DAVY, a co-owner of Panhandle Growers, where 13 workers were detained.
Many of the Hispanic immigrants who came in 2004 to help rebuild after Hurricane Ivan have either fled or gone into hiding. Churches with services in Spanish are half-empty. Businesses are struggling to find workers. And for Hispanic citizens with roots here — the foremen and entrepreneurs who received visits from the police — the losses are especially profound.
Immigration roundup in Florida targets sham marriages - Foreign visitors are accused of paying U.S. citizens to wed. At least 46 are arrested.
By Jim Leusner, Orlando Sentinel, 5/10/08
ORLANDO, FLA. -- The four-tiered cake the newlyweds were about to cut was plastic. The glasses and plates on the reception table were empty. And the bride wore casual shoes under her wedding gown.
Those were among the clues that first caught the attention of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials after they searched the offices of Winter Garden-based All Kind Services U.S.A. In a back room were the cake, the fake reception hall and a rack with several wedding dresses.
Immigration reform needs to be a priority
South Florida Sun-Sentinel Editorial Board, 5/5/08
U.S. elected officials and presidential hopefuls may be distracted by the war and the economy, but immigration is still unfinished business that has to be dealt with.
If nothing else, immigration rallies that took place last week from Seattle to Miami served as a needed reminder that America sorely lacks a comprehensive overhaul of its immigration and border patrol systems. Ironically, the rallies occurred days before Americans celebrate Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican-themed holiday that few people in Mexico really pay much attention to.
Still, tonight's revelry speaks to a sharp disconnect on immigration. America needs immigrant labor, of all walks, but largely refuses to admit it. So the United States remains mired in an immigration policy that undermines border security and leaves many low-wage workers hiding in the shadows because they're undocumented.
Immigration agents seize 11 workers at country club
By HECTOR FLORIN for the Palm Beach Post, 5/2/08
Careful not to interrupt players on fairways where Sam Snead once golfed, or on courts where tennis champions Ivan Lendl and Steffi Graf once trained, federal agents swooped through the gates of Gleneagles Country Club on Wednesday and slapped handcuffs on 11 undocumented Haitians -- some of them longtime employees, tagged for deportation.
Immigration authorities, tipped to one worker's illegal status, checked files of other workers before launching the afternoon raid at the club west of Delray Beach. The men allegedly had ignored a judge's order to leave the country, officials said.
"It was managed very low-key, so as not to interfere with the operation of the golf course," said Sean Telling, an assistant field office director with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's southern region, which conducted the raid with the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office's help. The event was unusual because of the number of workers apprehended, said Telling, a former member of the fugitive operations team that handled Wednesday's action.
Miami-Dade lawmakers stymie immigration bills -
Bills targeting illegal immigration have yet to make much headway in the state Legislature.
By LAURA FIGUEROA for the Miami Herald, 4/17/08
TALLAHASSEE -- Just listen and don't make any noise.
Earlier in the year, before heading to Tallahassee, that was the approach Miami-Dade legislators decided to take on a series of proposed bills they oppose dealing with the issue of illegal immigration.
The strategy may have worked.
With less than a week to go for a series of immigration bills to be approved for final votes on the House floor, the prospects of the measures passing are ''slim to none,'' said Rep. David Rivera, a Miami Republican who chairs the House Rules and Calendar committee, which decides when bills get heard.
''The last thing we wanted was to come up here and start drawing lines and making noise,'' said Rep. Juan Zapata, a Miami Republican and chairman of the Miami-Dade delegation.
``That's exactly what these people wanted -- the attention. It's an election year, and immigration is an easy issue to press on.''
Fla. House urged to pass immigration bills
By Michael Peltier for the TC Palm, 4/9/08
TALLAHASSEE — A handful of immigration measures bottled up in a House committee finally got a hearing Tuesday, but their collective fates remain uncertain as backers try to convince their colleagues to bring the issues up for a vote.
Meeting before the House Committee on State Affairs, sponsors of six immigration bills urged members to pass meaningful immigration measures despite opposition from business and agricultural groups that rely on undocumented workers.
Then during a two-hour public hearing, panelists heard a litany of complaints from groups advocating tighter immigration rules and standards.
Geoff This immigration bill makes sense for state
Palm Beach Post, 4/7/08
At least a half-dozen bills on immigration are being circulated in Legislature. All except one are examples of political grandstanding that would force the state to take on responsibilities that rightly belong to the federal government.
The one good bill is a proposal that could save taxpayers millions by allowing the deportation of illegal immigrants in Florida's prisons. Cosponsored by Sens. Jeff Atwater, R-North Palm Beach, and Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, Senate Bill 1086 would require state prison officials to work with Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement to deport illegal immigrants who had served at least half of their sentences. The offenders would have to agree to be deported, and their home countries would have to agree to take them.
Former Gov. Lawton Chiles did something similar in 1994 when he worked with federal authorities to send hundreds of illegal immigrants - most of them convicted on drug charges and nonviolent offenses - from prisons in Florida to their homelands. Cubans were exempted because the United States has no formal diplomatic relations with the Castro government.
About 5,000 illegal immigrants are believed to be in Florida prisons, representing about 6 percent of the inmate population. About 61 percent of the illegals were convicted of violent crimes. Cuban nationals still make up the largest percentage of those incarcerated, followed by Mexicans and Jamaicans.
House speaker strikes delicate balance on immigration policy
By John Kennedy and Aaron Deslatte for the Orlando Sentinel, 4/6/08
Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio, the son of immigrants and the chamber's first Cuban-American presiding officer, is navigating a quagmire over immigration policy that could spill into his future job prospects.
Quietly, some of his Republican brethren have grumbled that a bevy of immigration bills aimed at deporting illegal immigrants in state prisons, denying food-stamp benefits to illegal-immigrant families and toughening employment standards have stalled in the chamber.
Last week, two ominous signs emerged.
A Senate committee unanimously passed the proposal to force Florida local governments to enforce federal immigration laws, and a video showed up on YouTube blaming Rubio for standing in the way of progress.
Geoff Oldfather: Illegal immigration bills trip over Tallahassee red tape
By Geoff Oldfather for the TCPALM, 4/5/08
TALLAHASSEE — One of the most divisive issues facing Florida lawmakers this session has nothing to do with budgets.
It's illegal immigration.
And probably no other issue illustrates behind-the-scenes politics in Tallahassee better than what's happening with five bills, all dealing with illegal immigration.
Or rather, what's not happening.
Stuck in committee, the bills' sponsors have been told they have no chance of being heard as written.
Instead, they may be combined into one less-controversial "committee bill," and even then the chance of passage is slim.
Only one bill, a sixth bill sponsored by Rep. William Snyder, R-Stuart, that makes it a crime under state law to smuggle illegal aliens, is moving forward on its own.
Anti-illegal immigration groups grow in Florida
BY CASEY WOODS for the Miami Herald, 3/31/08
World War II veteran Enos Schera monitors ''the invasion'' from his Miami home in the predominantly Cuban-American suburb of Westchester. Information is the former Marine's weapon.
Surrounded by stacks of paper, old televisions, VCRs and radios, Florida's ''grandfather of immigration reform'' -- as other activists have dubbed him -- tracks crimes committed by immigrants, failing public schools and politicians' positions.
Schera's Citizens of Dade United is among a growing cohort of anti-illegal immigration groups in Florida trying different tactics to drive out undocumented immigrants. They have turned to legislators in Tallahassee for help in the wake of Washington's inability to find a solution.
Geoff Oldfather: Illegal immigration on Treasure Coast has Harrell talking
By Geoff Oldfather for the TC Palm, 3/22/08
If there's one issue almost as high on state lawmakers' list of priorities as Florida's budget and economy, it has to be illegal immigration.
In a year of hot-button issues, it's more than just glowing red.
It's starting to smoke.
That only makes sense, since most people look at illegal immigration as a pocketbook issue.
There are bills that would do everything from stopping public funding of day-labor centers to requiring local law enforcement officers to report anyone they arrest and suspect of being an illegal immigrant to federal Immigration, Customs and Enforcement agents.
Man sentenced for posing as immigration official
MIAMI -- A man who posed as an immigration official and took money to expedite applicants' paperwork has been sentenced to three years in prison.
The U.S. Attorney in Miami says Windsey Leonard Neal made off with about $160,000 in "fees" he collected to fast-track applications for visas and work authorizations. He also told victims he had an insider source who could prevent deportations.
Authorities say he defrauded more than 70 people, none of whom ever received any immigration-related assistance.
Neal was convicted of impersonating a Department of Homeland Security employee and sentenced on Thursday.
Immigration targeted family, activist says
BY ANDRES VIGLUCCI for the Miami Herald, 3/4/08
In July 2006, U.S. immigration agents rousted Miami Dade College student-activist Gaby Pacheco's parents and two sisters from sleep, briefly detained them, and put them into deportation proceedings.
Now, on the eve of an immigration court hearing that could decide their fate, the Pachecos and their attorneys are making a touchy allegation: They contend Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents targeted the family to silence Gaby, a leader in efforts to legalize immigrant students who, like herself, were brought to the United States by their parents without permanent legal status.
Immigration issue separates Jupiter candidates
By ANA X. CERON for the Palm Beach Post, 3/1/08
JUPITER — An incumbent is facing off against a political newcomer for a north district seat on the town council.
Vice Mayor Robert Friedman, 66, wants a second three-year term on the five-member council in order to focus on traffic and roads. His opponent is resident John O. Parsons, 64, who says that, if elected, he wants to combat illegal immigration.
Rally Held Against Illegal Immigration
By Danielle Dubetz for the WPTV, 3/1/08
Just about every weekend there's a protest outside of El Sol, a center that helps
laborers, regardless of their legal status, find work.
Today the gathering was a protest and a political platform.
Feet away from El Sol, Jupiter's Neighborhood Resource Center,
people held American flags and rallied against illegal immigration.
State Representative Gayle Harrell was also in attendance, to push House Bill 8-21.
"What we have now are illegals coming across the border walking into our emergency rooms, coming here getting jobs, and having broken the law to start with," Harrell said.
Most people want tougher immigration reform but not everyone here agrees.
Illegal immigration in the crosshairs of legislators this session
By BRAD KANE for the Naples Daily News, 3/1/08
A handful of Florida lawmakers are proposing a crackdown on illegal immigration.
Several bills slated for the legislative session starting Tuesday make life in the Sunshine State harder for those who are not legal residents of this country and those who benefit from their labor.
Largely a federal issue, states have limited reach in regulating illegal immigration, but these proposals refocus Florida’s attention on the hot button issue.
Woman arrested at Greenacres church on immigration warrant
By ROCHELLE E.B. GILKEN for the Palm Beach Post, 2/25/08
GREENACRES — A woman was arrested as she left church service on Sunday morning, accused of missing a hearing on her immigration status.
Yverose Michel is being held at Palm Beach County Jail on a warrant from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
But it was Greenacres Police officers who handcuffed the woman on the church's steps Sunday in front of her children, ages 3, 8 and 9, said church officials.
"I do understand if someone has a problem with the law it's to be dealt with. ... but in a county that supposedly gives people freedom to worship, I think this is an act of terror against the church by inexperienced officers," said Paul Mathias, pastor of West Pines Baptist Church.
Mathias said Michel moved here from Haiti about 15 years ago and has been going to the church with her daughters for about a year. He said she works at a day care center in the Delray Beach area
Illegal worker faces sex assault charge
by Steve Paradis, Sanford Herald Staff, October 08 2006
SANFORD — A 16-year-old Longwood girl told her 28-year-old boyfriend to stop having sex with her after she noticed there were children sleeping nearby on the floor.
Longwood Police said Joaquin Monrroy did not stop for several minutes, and he was arrested Thursday. He faces charges of sexual assault by an adult at least 24 years old with the victim 16 or 17.
Monrroy is also in the United States illegally. He is being held at the at the Seminole County jail for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Officer Herb Stewartson said he wasn’t sure if Monrroy would stand trial or be sent back to Mexico.
“That’s anybody’s guess at this moment,” Stewartson said. “They’ve done it both ways in the past.”
A member from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spoke with Monrroy and confirmed that he was in the country illegally.
This is not the first time Monrroy has been in the country illegally, according to Stewartson.
In 1994, Monrroy was in the country illegally and authorities literally walked him back over the border.
Then in 1997, he popped up in Florida, Stewartson said. He obtained an identification card. He kept the card current and then in December of 2004, he received a work visa. That expired in 2005 and he became illegal at that point, Stewartson explained.
He also obtain a driver’s license after he got the work visa.