Earlier today the Secretary of Homeland Security and the President announced that they will stop deporting the children of undocumented immigrants and begin giving work permits to younger people who came to the U.S. as children. This decision will affect as many as 800,000 immigrants, and allow them to apply for work authorization without the fear of being deported. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Donna Green-Townsend talked with the President of an organization that assists the needs of migrant workers called Harvest of Hope about today’ announcement.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPHarvestOfHopeQAdgt06152012.mp3]
Kellerman adds the Harvest of Hope Foundation is holding a yard and book sale to benefit a migrant farmworker who is in the St. Francis House with inoperable cancer. The goal is to raise funds to help transport him to his family in Texas. The event will be on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon at 3519 NW 53rd Terrace in Gainesville just off NW 39th Avenue.
Reactions from politicians and educators have been strong and diverse to this highly-debated immigration policy change. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Emily Burris reports.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/ImmigrationEmilyBurris.mp3]