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Immigration reform group launches Florida chapter

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An immigration reform group founded by tech billionaires is launching in Florida to push for common sense economic reform and a pathway to citizenship for people in the United States illegally. FWD.us, founded by Mark Zuckerburg and Bill Gates among others, is gathering a coalition of business, community and faith leaders to push for immigration reform. The group favors equipping law enforcement with the tools necessary to stem further illegal immigrants from coming into the US so they can focus on more dangerous criminals…

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Floridians split on whether U.S. should build a wall along Mexico border

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Build a wall along the Mexican border? Florida voters are divided. A Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday morning found Florida voters are split 48 percent to 48 percent on whether the United States should build a wall along the Mexican border. The idea, first floated by presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, is more popular among Florida men, 54 percent of which said they would support a wall. The survey found 52 percent of Florida women opposed the idea. Building a…

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Protesters ring rotunda for Rick Scott’s State of the State speech

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Nearly 200 protesters from South Florida jammed the Capitol’s fourth floor Rotunda as Gov. Rick Scott gave his State of the State address. The group, part of the Florida Immigrant Coalition, came up in buses and many are being hosted by the First Presbyterian Church downtown. Its pastor, the Rev. Brant Copeland, wrote in a recent newsletter that his church was “hosting 110 of these visitors on Tuesday and half are spending the night with us.” Copeland has long been a voice for those…

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Ted Cruz super PAC takes swipe at Marco Rubio in new digital ad

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A new digital spot produced by the super PAC supporting Ted Cruz hits airwaves this week, taking a gentle swipe at rival Marco Rubio, with whom the Texas senator has been battling over national security and immigration. As reported by Katie Glueck of POLITICO, “Trust” is a 60-second ad from Keep the Promise I and the Keep the Promise PAC. The digital ads are part of six-figure media buys running in four early primary states, as well as Alabama, Georgia…

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Little girl shares immigration message with pope

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A 5-year-old girl in a brilliantly colored dress and braids who was handed up to Pope Francis for a blessing during a parade in Washington on Wednesday morning urged the pontiff to give his blessing to immigration reform and push lawmakers to act. Sophie Cruz, of South Gate, California, delivered a bright yellow T-shirt and a letter expressing wishes that her mother and father and millions of others who are in the U.S. illegally are allowed to remain in the…

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Florida poll bad news for immigration reformers

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From the Sun-Sentinel: Florida voters are inclined to oppose immigration reform, a bad sign for those pushing to overhaul the current dysfunctional system. A Mason-Dixon poll released on Monday found that 45 percent of Florida voters oppose reform that would give unauthorized immigrants a chance to get legal status. Only 39 percent are in favor. That leaves 15 percent undecided. Most leaders in Florida, home to especially large populations of immigrants, have supported comprehensive reform over the years. Reform proposals…

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Poll: Voters mixed on President Obama’s performance

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Florida voters remain divided over the performance of President Barack Obama in a new Mason-Dixon Poll released on Monday. Statewide, Obama’s performance was rated as excellent or good by 47 percent of those polled, and 53 percent rated his performance as fair or poor. The president’s highest marks came from residents in southeast Florida. Obama received the highest ratings from blacks, Democrats and people under the age of 35 years old. The lowest marks came from Republicans, whites, people over…

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