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Former Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith and several community and faith leaders will gather in Apopka tomorrow to speak out against proposed funding for migrant transportation.
The news conference will be held at the Farmworkers Association of Florida, 1264 Apopka Blvd., and is expected to include Smith, Florida Immigrant Coalition Executive Director Tessa Petit, American Business Immigration Coalition State Director Samuel Vilchez, Haitian American Art Network founder and Executive Director Nattacha Wyllies, Catholic priest and Venezuelan asylum-seeker Jose Palmar and Hope CommUnity Center board member Jose Luis Marantes.
In a news release, event organizers said speakers will be pushing back against Gov. Ron DeSantis’ recent executive order declaring a state of emergency and activating the National Guard to respond to an influx of immigrants landing on Florida’s coastline.
DeSantis is also backing a plan that would create the “Unauthorized Alien Transport Program” within the Division of Emergency Management to remove undocumented migrants from the state on a voluntary basis. It is expected to be taken up during this week’s Special Session.
“After recent legal losses, the Governor is seeking to codify his xenophobic stunts into Florida law,” reads the news release announcing the Tuesday event.
The in-person news conference begins at 11 a.m. It will also be livestreamed via the Florida Immigrant Coalition’s Facebook page.
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