Puerto Rico Businesses Follow the Flock to Florida 2 comments






Puerto Rico businesses continue to follow their flock of customers to Florida as island economic conditions squeeze Puerto Ricans. Ana G. Mendez and Polytechnic universities established themselves in Orlando several years ago. Most recently, wholesale food distributor Titan, home decor retailer Casa Febus and El Mesón restaurant have opened for […]


Getting for Real about Fake News






  April Fools Day is a good time to get for real about the issue of fake news. You’ve seen it. I’ve seen it. But it’s not always easy to recognize – or even admit – it’s fake news, especially if it checks all the boxes that readers may want to believe. […]


Welcome Workshops for Puerto Rican Migrants






Welcome workshops for Puerto Rican migrants will return to Central Florida in a series of classes starting in May after a year-long hiatus in 2016. Samí Haiman-Marrero and others created the welcome workshops, known in Spanish as Talleres de Bienvenida, in 2014 to help Puerto Rican migrants learn the ropes of Central Florida. Puerto Rico’s economic […]


Another Strike Against Florida’s Death Penalty






In the matter of Florida’s death penalty whom do you trust? In a rare display of prosecutorial decency, Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala said she would not pursue the death penalty in any case before the Ninth Judicial Circuit, including against Markeith Loyd, who is accused of the shooting death […]


Nationalism Is Hiding in Plain Sight 1 comment






Nationalism is hiding in plain sight today in almost every corner of the globe, coming at us fast as global economies and governments seek to protect “their own,” whatever that means. Since taking office, President Donald Trump‘s brand of nationalism has come into focus – economic nationalism. Companies and jobs stay in […]


100 Years of Citizenship






Next week marks 100 years of American citizenship for Puerto Ricans, granted by an act of Congress on the eve of the first World War. The exact date is March 2, 1917, when President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Jones Act, which also established the legislative, judicial and executive branches […]


Homeland Security Casts Wide Net Over Undocumented Immigrants






The Department of Homeland Security Tuesday cast a wide net over undocumented immigrants in a new enforcement directive that broadened the categories of who is subject to  apprehension and potentially deportation. The move is likely to exacerbate the fear and anxiety running through immigrant communities since Donald Trump was elected president. One man at an […]


Miami-Dade Pulls Sanctuary Welcome Mat 1 comment






Miami-Dade County officially reversed course on being a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants, the first in the nation to do so, a decision that is an affront to the county’s history as a place that welcomes  immigrants. In a special meeting and by a vote of 9 to 3 – not […]