The country is grappling with how to handle the influx of Central American children who have come to the United States over the past few months. And as Central America has become more and more violent, more families have been coming to South Florida too.
Over the last year more than 55,000 families were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border. That’s almost six times more than the same time period a year ago.
Florida is one of the top five states receiving this influx of immigrants.
Family photo taken after Olga's brother Henry’s First Holy Communion at Immaculate Conception Church. Pictured from left to right, her father Henry, mom- “Cuqui”, Grand Aunt Estelita, Maternal Grandmother Olga, Paternal Grandmother Abuela Nena (on which story is based), Olga in front of her and her two brothers Henry and Dave.
This story, as told by Olga Perez-Cormier, is part of an oral history series.
It was always exciting when Abuela would tell me that she needed to go downtown for the day. This meant she had business to attend to at “El Refugio,” the Cuban Assistance Center. This also meant that we would do a little shopping. As a reward for helping her translate and get around, she would treat me to lunch at McCrory’s.
A bill that would lead to better protections for cruise passengers has yet to move forward in Congress.
Last week, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing on cruise passenger safety. The hearing was called by committee chairman and senator Jay Rockefeller from West Virginia, who sponsored the Cruise Passenger Protection Act.
At the hearing, lawyer and International Cruise Victims Association board member Philip Gerson testified. He is the legal representative of a 15-year-old victim of rape on a cruise ship.
Tonight, the Critical Mass swarm of bicycles share the road with cars in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. The event usually happens at the end of every month -- to represent the Miami Bike Scene in Miami and to inspire road sharing.
While the ride is one of the largest social gatherings in South Florida, drivers and cyclists are warned to be cautious. Critical Mass has resulted in injuries and even deaths in the past.
By Carla Javier & Jephie Bernard & Selima Hussain & Constanza Gallardo
The Islamic holy month of Ramadan is coming to a close. During Ramadan, Muslims fast during the day -- no food or drink. They break the fast with a meal after sundown called iftar. (See our Unique Eats: Ramadan Edition.)
Mohamed Ghumrawi and Sholom Neistein have been friends for six years.
Sholom is Jewish. Mohamed is Muslim and of Palestinian descent.
"I think it’s interesting how people perceive our friendship," says Mohamed, or Moe for short. "People see us and the first thing that comes to mind is, 'A Palestinian and an Israeli together? What? I must be in the "Twilight Zone".' ”