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Florida Lawmakers Introduce Bills Enforcing Federal Immigration Laws
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Florida Lawmakers Introduce Bills Enforcing Federal Immigration Laws

By Vania Andre

A group of Republican lawmakers introduced a series of bills on Nov. 17 in Florida’s state legislature that would enforce federal immigration laws on the local level, and crack down on cities and counties that provide “sanctuary” for undocumented immigrants.

The term sanctuary city has been designated to local governments that do not enforce federal immigration laws and are considered “safe harbors” for undocumented immigrants.

Haitian and Diaspora Politicians To Convene At Annual NAHP Conference
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Haitian and Diaspora Politicians To Convene At Annual NAHP Conference

By Vania Andre

A host of ambassadors, ministers, elected officials and four former and current prime ministers are all convening next weekend at Florida International University for the fourth annual National Association of Haitian Professionals (NAHP) conference. This year’s conference focuses on the “interrelated themes of advocacy, philanthropy and social entrepreneurship.”

The three-day event, set to take place Nov. 12 – Nov. 14, will feature six panels ranging from investment opportunities in Haiti to women empowerment in Haiti’s business sector. Keynote speakers include, current Haiti Prime Minister Evans Paul, former Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and Washington D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine. U.S. Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson of Florida’s 24th Congressional District, and Alcee L. Hastings, U.S. Representative for Florida’s 20th Congressional District, will be the conference’s special guests.

Students Protest Former DR President Visit To FIU
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Students Protest Former DR President Visit To FIU

By Vania Andre

MIAMI – Members of Rights for All in DR, a national coalition of human rights advocates, joined Florida International University (FIU) students last month, to denounce former Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez visit to the university. Fernandez was scheduled to attend a planned lecture at the university on the on Oct. 22

We want to know “about his stance on the current humanitarian crisis in the Dominican Republic,” the coalition said. In 2013, a Dominican court ruled to retroactively change the criteria needed to obtain nationality for those born to immigrant parents after 1929. The ruling has left 200,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent in citizenship limbo.

Haitian Nonprofit Hosts Fundraiser To Raise Funds For Water Project
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Haitian Nonprofit Hosts Fundraiser To Raise Funds For Water Project

By Carlotta Mohamed

ECLAT Haiti Inc. hosted a fundraising event on Sunday night at Hollywood Live, Florida, to raise money for their Water Project in Cotes-de-Fer.

We want to create a system where relationships can be built between farmers helping each other cultivate and sell crops, said Mackendy Talon, ECLAT’s president, who is also known as Haitian musician Mac D.One of ECLAT’s main focuses is enriching Haiti’s agriculture and helping make water accessible to those who need it the most.

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