Grupo de Derechos del Inmigrante preparan protesta para el domingo 11 de octubre a las 4: oo de la tarde afuera de su oficina ubicada en el 2500 NW 107th Ave, Fl 33172.
Legislation criminalizing immigrants is back in Tallahassee, in the form of HB 9, SB 118 and SB 150. Immigrant rights groups have taken notice. And they are particularly angry that a Cuban-American representative is behind the push.
Representative Carlos Trujillo, a Miami Republican, filed HB 9, a bill that would make any person knowingly present in the state of Florida with a final order of deportation that has not been stayed pending judicial review guilty of a first degree felony. Palm Coast Senator Travis Hutson filed the companion bill in the Senate (SB 118).
Any persons convicted would be subject to up to 30 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
“Why is Representative Trujillo putting on the same shoes as Donald Trump?” asked Rudy Perez, President of the Homestead-based immigrant rights group WeCount!. “He is from an immigrant family like many of us, but he is proposing laws that would criminalize immigrants.”
Julio Calderon of the Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) was a minor when he and his family received a final order of deportation. “We didn’t have a lawyer. My dad sent a letter to the judge asking for a new court date, but they didn’t accept it,” Calderon said. Now an FIU student, Calderon asks: “As someone who is trying to make a difference, should I go to prison for 30 years because my family was afraid to go to court? A lot of the unaccompanied minors are also afraid to go to court and are getting orders of removal,” Calderon added. “Is Representative Trujillo willing to send them to prison for 30 years?”
Other groups joining FLIC and WeCount! on Sunday include Homestead Equal Rights for All, Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, Miami Worker Center, Students Working for Equal Rights, United Families, and Women Working Together USA.
More on Anti-Immigrant Bills:
House Bill (HB) 9 / Senate Bill (SB) 118: Persons Subject to Final Deportation Orders – a bill that would make it a first degree felony for a person who has an order of deportation to continue living in the state of Florida, which would be punishable by up to 30 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. (Filed by: Rep. Carlos Trujillo (Republican – Miami-Dade, Broward & Collier) and Senator Travis Hutson(Republican – St. John, Putnam, Flagler & Volusia))
Senate Bill (SB) 150: Offenses by Illegal Immigrants – a bill that would enhance the penalties of criminal offenses committed by undocumented immigrants. (Filed by: Senator Travis Hutson (Republican – St. John, Putnam, Flagler & Volusia))