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      Dinner at the Square: How Florida’s New Immigration Bill Could Help or Hurt Florida in Fort Lauderdale

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      May 29, 2019

      Wednesday   6:45 PM

      1201 NE 38th Street
      Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33334

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      Dinner at the Square: How Florida’s New Immigration Bill Could Help or Hurt Florida

      How Florida’s New Immigration Bill Could Help or Hurt Florida In Florida, immigrants make up more than a fifth of the population, coming from places as diverse as Cuba, Haiti, Mexico and parts of South America.  The Florida Senate & House are currently working on legislation that would require local governments to use their "best efforts" to support federal immigration law, including complying with requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain suspected undocumented immigrants held in local jails until ICE is able to pick them up. A coalition of civil rights groups, social justice advocates, farmers and business leaders had teamed up to try to block the legislation. Opponents say the House and Senate bills are drafted so broadly that Florida law enforcement officials would in effect become deputies in President Trump’s broader crackdown on immigrants in the country illegally. Opponents fear that heightened cooperation with ICE will increase racial profiling while undermining the state economy by eroding its workforce. Others believe it is a mechanism to solve a significant problem that exists in this state today since it’s estimated that about 775,000 immigrants living in Florida are in the country illegally. Those in favor of the bill believe that this law would not affect hardworking illegal immigrants that are not breaking the law. At stake, opponents say, are not just the civil liberties of immigrants, but also Florida’s thriving economy and its identity — at least in the state’s biggest cities — as a melting pot that welcomes outsiders. About 20 percent of Florida’s population is foreign-born, though that share is far higher, 53 percent, in Miami and Orlando. The Florida chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union issued a "travel alert" last month warning that immigrants’ rights could be at risk should the legislation be signed into law. But other important business interests have been less vocal in their opposition, at least publicly, than they were during an earlier immigration debate in 2011. That year, former Gov. Rick Scott, fueled into office by tea-party fervor, tried unsuccessfully to pass a stringent immigration law. The difference, is that this year’s proposal does not include employers’ biggest worry: a mandate to use the E-Verify electronic system to check employees’ immigration status. Panelists: Senator José Javier Rodríguez, District 37, The Florida SenateChristian Ziegler, Vice Chairman, Republican Party of Florida Moderator:  Tim Padgett, Americas Editor, WLRN Public Radio & Television Price:     Pre-Registered Guests: $35.   Ticket prices will increase to $45 after 5/15/19     Registered Guests: $45  Event Details: Members of the Village Square ($68 membership) and 1 guest are invited to attend a cocktail reception prior to the panel discussion from 6:00 - 6:45 p.m. You may sign up to become a member on the registration page.Panel discussion will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. Please arrive by 6:45 p.m. Series Sponsor: Event Partner: Americans for Immigrant Justice Series Partners: 10 Days of Connection Broward County Young Republicans Broward League of Cities Broward Young Democrats Children's Services Council of Broward County Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance About the Village Square: The Village Square is a non-partisan public educational forum on matters of local, state and national importance. We are dedicated to maintaining factual accuracy in civic and political debate by growing civil dialog on divisive issues, and recalling the history and principles at the foundation of our democracy. Dinner at the Square is the signature Village Square event.  These dinners are intended to be educational in a format that is entertaining.  The debate will be spirited but fact-based and civil.  Dinner will be included in your ticket price. The event will start promptly at 6:45 p.m. Refund Policy: If you purchase a ticket to a Dinner at the Square event and can no longer attend the event, we will glady refund your purchase until 7 business days prior to the event. Unfortunately, we are unable to issue refunds after we have sent the venue a final count of guests. Become a Member of the Village Square! As a member, you not only support the mission of the Village Square and help promote the Village Square events, but you will receive an invitation for you and a guest to ALL pre-dinner speaker receptions hosted by The Village Square Advisory Board.  Pre-dinner receptions will be from 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. followed by the Dinner at the Square from 6:45 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  You may sign for membership when you register.  Please note that membership does not include the price of the dinners.

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