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Bob Gualtieri ‘very frustrated’ by federal foot-dragging on undocumented immigrants

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Bob Gualtieri is growing frustrated with the federal government’s slow progress on illegal immigration. After the Pinellas County Sheriff spent months working with members of the Trump administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security on a plan that would allow sheriff departments to detain undocumented immigrants legally for deportation, Gualtieri says no program has yet been implemented.

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Rick Kriseman declares St. Petersburg a ‘sanctuary from harmful immigration laws’

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Although St. Petersburg isn’t officially classified as a sanctuary city, Mayor Rick Kriseman all but declared that’s exactly what his town is on Saturday. And if the Trump administration wants to deny the city federal funds because of that stance, the mayor’s response is essentially, ‘We’ll see you in court.’ “While our county sheriff’s office is ultimately responsible for notifying the federal government about individuals who are here illegally, I have no hesitation in declaring St. Petersburg a sanctuary from harmful…

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Vern Buchanan says it’s time to stop federal funding of ‘sanctuary cities’

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With Donald Trump soon to begin working with a Republican Congress in January, mayors and police chiefs from around the country have pushed back this week on immigration, specifically saying they would not cooperate with federal efforts to round up undocumented immigrants in their communities. That’s upsetting to Vern Buchanan, who says it’s past time to continue providing federal funds to such “sanctuary cities.” “Washington needs to send a clear message to sanctuary cities — if you don’t follow the laws, you don’t get federal…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.20.15 – Chattanooga is the latest mass killing in U.S.

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Good morning, everyone. Not to start the week off on a rough note, but can we reflect for a moment on what happened at those two military sites in Chattanooga last Thursday? As we all know by now, a naturalized citizen from Kuwait ended up killing four U.S. Marines and one sailor and wounded two others. There are reports that Mohammod Abdulazeez killed because he was upset over the United States’ policy in the Middle East. In reaction, Rick Scott signed an executive…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.8.15 — Could Francisco Sanchez become the Willie Horton of 2016?

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The furor over Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants shows no sign of diminishing as ESPN decided to pull its charity golf tournament from his Southern California course yesterday. It’s been a very rough week for the celebrity/businessman/GOP presidential candidate, with major corporations like Macy’s, NBC and Univision cutting ties with him in the wake of his disparaging comments last month, when he said, “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists,” adding, “and some, I assume, are good people.’” But Trump is doubling…

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