The Florida Roundup: Miami-Dade Deportation Policy Found Unconstitutional, Threats To Jewish Centers

Mar 5, 2017

This week on The Florida Roundup...

Miami-Dade County's new policy to help the Federal government detain undocumented immigrants faced its first legal challenge. The practice was adopted in late January by Mayor Carlos Gimenez following President Donald Trump's executive order threatening "sanctuary cities" with funding cuts.

Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Milton Hirsch ruled the county's actions to detain immigrants at the request of the federal government was unconstitutional. We discuss the judge's decision and what comes next with WLRN''s Americas correspondent Tim Padgett and courts reporter for The Miami Herald David Ovalle. 

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Also, there have been a half a dozen bomb threats this year against South Florida Jewish groups. Although so far all of the threats were hoaxes, the rise in anti-Semitism in Florida and other states has heightened fears. Now, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is offering help to Jewish Community Centers.

We discuss the impact these threats have made locally with Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel Oates, Broward Sheriff's Sergeant Mark Alexander and President & CEO of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County Michael Hoffman. 

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Plus, we preview radio plays inspired by the real stories reported by WLRN-News. Four South Florida playwrights created fictional radio plays  for RadioFest at the Wolfsonian-FIU on Saturday, March 11th. We speak to playwrights Kenny Finkle and Vanessa Garcia about the project. 

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