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Fatal boating accident in Miami area

Many in the Miami area enjoy boating. Many people own boats or they have friends who own boats and invite them along on boating excursions. Boating is a great way to enjoy the weather, have fun with friends and family, and enjoy being outside in the beautiful Miami area. Most of the time boaters are able to remain safe but there are hazards they can come upon when they are on the water.

Another horrific boating accident has occurred near Government Cut off the coast of Miami Beach. Three people were killed when their boat overturned after hitting a jetty. This is the same location where a Marlins player and two others were killed in 2016. There are now calls for an investigation into how these jetties can be made safer at night so that boaters can see them. Some believe that adding lights may help as they can be difficult to detect in the dark. City officials are also looking at other safety issues that continue to arise around Monument Island. The U.S. Coast Guard is in charge of adding any safety structures to the jetties and they are being urged to study the matter.

Cuban immigrants no longer being protected in the U.S.

Cubans make up a large percentage of immigrants in the Miami area. Many people are from Cuba or have relatives from Cuba. In the past, the U.S. has had a policy under which Cubans were given a haven in the U.S., but this policy has shifted in recent years.

A recent policy shift has resulted in more Cubans not being allowed into the U.S. and more Cubans being deported. In the past, Cubans who arrived in the U.S. were allowed to stay if they step foot on U.S. soil. If they were on a boat and intercepted out at sea they were sent back to Cuba. Former President Obama ended the policy because the Cuban government had agreed to facilitate repatriations of Cuban nationals. Obama focused his attention on deporting undocumented immigrants who committed violent crimes. President Trump has shifted the policy by deporting any illegal immigrant, and that includes Cubans. Before President Trump came into office, a Cuban may have received a deportation order but they were never removed from the U.S. This is no longer the case and there are more Cubans in detention facilities than in any other time in our country's history.

Construction worker falls to his death

Many people in the Miami area work in the construction industry. There are always several major construction projects going on that require workers to make them happen. A construction job can be a dangerous occupation, but there are many safety steps that employers can take in order to ensure their workers remain safe on the job. Unfortunately, a recent tragic accident occurred on the border of Miami-Dade and Broward counties, when a construction worker who was working on the Optima project died on the job.

The building was one of several that are being constructed in a multi-tower construction project expected to be completed by the end of the year. The construction worker was a subcontractor who fell approximately 10 stories in an elevator shaft that didn't have an elevator in it yet. The Broward Medical Examiner's Office and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration were notified of the accident, which is still being investigated.

Applying online for immigration requirements

The internet has become an important part of the lives of most Americans. It's used for many daily tasks and can make these tasks easier and quicker. 10 years ago almost everything was done through the mail which, these days, can now be done online. Immigration is one topic that has become more streamlined thanks to the internet.

Many immigrants in the Miami area and across the United States have found that the internet is a good way to file the necessary paperwork for immigration benefits. Over 1 million have now applied online using the online tools available at the Citizenship and Immigration Services website. The USCIS says that because so many people are using the online tools available, it has streamlined their operations and has achieved reduced wait times for certain immigration benefits.

Florida Senate passes sanctuary city bill

Miami residents understand that there are many immigrants in Miami and across Florida. These immigrants are valuable members of our society. They participate in all areas of life including education, church and jobs. A new bill that has passed both the house and senate in Florida will affect many of those immigrants.

The Florida Senate has passed a bill that bans sanctuary cities in Florida. A similar bill was recently passed in the Florida House. The bill would force local law enforcement to comply with requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Local law enforcement would need to hold immigrants in custody who are suspected being in the country illegally until federal authorities arrive. A coalition of many parties including business leaders, farmers, and social justice advocates tried to block the legislation, with many arguing that the bill will allow racial profiling.

Worker dies at Palm Beach construction site

Many Miami area residents work in the construction industry. These jobs can be dangerous and unpredictable. Many of the accidents on constructions sites can be prevented if the construction site company or other vender take safety precautions. Unfortunately, construction site accidents do happen.

A tragic construction site accident recently occurred in Palm Beach. A construction worker who was on the site of the former Testa Restaurant in Palm Beach died after he fell off scaffolding. The worker was descending from the scaffolding when he fell off. He was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center, where he died several hours later. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the circumstance surrounding his death. The worker was a drywall installer for a subcontractor at the construction site.

Roofer dies after falling off apartment complex roof

When a Miami area resident goes to work each day, they expect they will return home that evening to their family. Most of the time this is what happens, but occasionally a tragic fatal workplace accident occurs. Some jobs are inherently more dangerous than others, including construction work. A recent accident in Clearwater has claimed the life of a roofer.

According to reports, a roofing crew member recently fell off the second-floor roof of an apartment building that he was working on at the Palms of Clearwater Apartments in Clearwater. The worker died from his injuries and Clearwater police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the accident.

Students and business continue to migrate to Canada

There are many people in the Miami area who are from another country. There are many businesses in Miami and across the U.S. that depend on highly skilled foreign-born workers. Schools, also, welcome students from other countries. But, with recent immigration policy changes in the U.S., many companies and students are choosing to go to Canada instead.

Because of the more restrictive immigration policies that have been put in place by the U.S., going to Canada has become a better option, according to some people. Some say it has become more difficult for students to obtain the necessary visa and international students attending Canadian schools has increased by double digits in recent years. It has also been found that over 60% of employers are increasing their presence in Canada. Hiring professionals have stated that Canada's immigration policies are more favorable for U.S. employers who are relying on these highly-skilled international employees to grow their business. U.S. companies continue to be frustrated with U.S. immigration policies and how they are hurting their business and have found that growing their business in Canada or opening satellite offices there can be helpful.

Immigrants warned to stay away from Miami

Miami is home to immigrants from all over the world. These immigrants are involved in every area of the Miami economy. They work in our restaurants, are business executives, teachers, gardeners, etc. Many immigrants choose to live in Miami because of how welcoming the city has been to new immigrants. But now a new warning has been issued for immigrants to stay away from Miami and Florida.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has issued a travel warning for immigrants and people of color to be cautious when visiting Florida. Florida has been a tourist destination for a long time, but the ACLU says that recently two anti-sanctuary bills have been moving through the state Legislature that put immigrants at risk. The ACLU believes that these bills will increase racial profile across the state and urges Florida residents and visitors of the risk they are taking. The travel warning specifically mentions Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Key West as areas to avoid. The ACLU says that if either one of the immigration bills becomes law it will be devastating to communities and cause irreparable harm to immigrant families.

Popular baby product recalled

When a Miami family has a baby they have probably already purchased clothes, decorated rooms and purchased furniture and accessories that their new baby will need. All of these purchases are made with the understanding that the products will be safe for the child. Most of the time this is the case, but a recent recall affects a popular baby product that many parents have purchased.

The Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play sleeper was recently recalled because of a number of infant deaths. The popular baby item that many families have purchased is used to place a small infant in. Over 4.7 million sleepers have been recalled because over 30 infants have died in them in the last 10 years. The Consumer Products Safety Commission only had data on 10 infant deaths, but a Consumer Reports Study put the number at 32. Those who own the Rock 'n Play need to stop using the product immediately and contact Fisher-Price for a refund.

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