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PNS Daily Newscast - January 23, 2019 


McConnell to bring up Trump’s wall funding bill on Thursday; might allow a vote on Democrats' measure to end government shutdown. Also on the Wednesday rundown: A U.S. Supreme Court decision allows Trump’s transgender military ban. Plus, navigating the DNA challenges of connecting with long-lost family.

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Public News Service - FL: Immigrant Issues

Border wall prototypes stand in McAllen, Texas, as the government remains in partial shutdown over a standoff about funding for a border wall.  (U.S. Customs & Border Patrol)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – President Donald Trump's partial government shutdown to secure a southern border wall has increased the strain on the U.S. immigration system – including in Florida. More than 60,000 immigration cases are in limbo in Florida, part of a record-high backlog that tops

Luc Bastien, left, stands with union brothers at 32BJ SEIU after canvassing. (32BJ SEIU)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - In a final push to support candidates and issues they care about, a group of immigrant, Latino and Haitian union workers - many of whom are ineligible to vote - still went door-to-door on Election Day to encourage those who can to make it to the polls. In the last few months, t

The ACLU requested that parents have at least one week to decide whether to pursue asylum in the United States after they are reunited with their children. (Sasha Ivanova/Twenty/20)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After a federal judge temporarily halted deportations of immigrant families reunited at the southwest border, immigrant-rights groups say there is still a problem with keeping families incarcerated for profit. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw imposed a delay of at least a

According to Earthjustice, approximately 10,000 to 20,000 pesticide poisonings occur every year among farmworkers. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Farmworkers are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to make pesticide safety training mandatory across the agricultural industry. The Obama administration updated pesticide training rules in 2015. To date, the information that would provide the dos-

Frames from House Speaker Richard Corcoran's campaign ad. (YouTube)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A controversial bill aimed at banning so-called sanctuary cities hit a major roadblock Tuesday in the Florida Senate after the bill's sponsor said he didn't have enough votes for it to pass. Republican Sen. Aaron Bean of Fernandina Beach pulled Senate Bill 308 from its fi

After the vote to end the government shutdown, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told senators that the weeks ahead would include negotiations over DACA and immigration, as well as military spending, disaster relief and health care. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Democrats caved to end the government shutdown - or, at least that's how some immigrant groups are looking at the outcome. The Florida Immigrant Coalition was hoping to see nothing less than a long-term plan to protect children who were brought to the United States illega

Florida's House Bill 9 would require that police honor all requests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold undocumented immigrants, even though federal judges have ruled that such holds are unconstitutional. (Mark Goebel/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- In this first week of the 2018 legislative session, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran says his chamber will pass a bill to keep communities safe from what he sees as dangerous sanctuary cities. But immigrants' advocates say the real danger is Corcoran stirring the pot. Co

The last major overhaul of Florida's workers' compensation system took place in 2003. (Longislandwins/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida is supposed to provide workers' compensation benefits to all workers despite their legal status, but some employers and insurance companies have found a way to beat the system. An investigation by NPR and ProPublica found that, of the 800 undocumented people charg

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