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December 2013 Archives

Odysseys to be recalled by Honda over spontaneous braking problem

Florida Odyssey owners may have heard that Honda Motor Co. announced that it would be recalling almost 350,000 of the minivans due to an issue with the Vehicle Safety Assist System in vehicles made for the 2007-2008 model year. A concern that unexpected and sudden braking could lead to car accidents as moving traffic collided with the stopped vehicle prompted the recall action, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The fact that the involuntary braking was not accompanied by the brake lights illuminating to warn other drivers compounded the fear, although at the time of the recall no injuries or crashes had been reported to the automaker.

Activists expand efforts to get immigration law through Congress

There have been a variety of attempts around the country, from Florida to southern California, to revive immigration reform as a bill offering a path to citizenship languishes in the House. Some of these efforts have been rather creative in making the point.

Man taken into custody for accident that left 1 seriously injured

On Dec. 16, it was reported that police officers in Florida took a man they believed was involved in a serious hit-and-run accident into custody. According to the report, the accident occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Southwest 64th Avenue as the victim was working on a concrete construction project.

Immigration officials deport father of U.S. children

A immigration case involving the father of two U.S. children may have caught the attention of Florida residents. It spurred a large public outcry and ended with the man's deportation to Guatemala. The resident of Guatemala previously applied for amnesty in the U.S. after facing threats to his life, which supporters say were attributed to his actions against a powerful gang in his native country. The denial came after the man fled to the U.S. in 2005. Deportation proceedings began after he was stopped by police for a minor traffic violation in December 2012, according to family.

Florida man killed in Keys motorcycle accident

An accident in the Florida Keys claimed the life of a man on the evening of Dec. 6. The victim, a Summerland Key resident, was killed when another driver pulled out into his path. The 53-year-old man was driving north on U.S. 1 at the time.

Immigration advocates focus attention on reform

Advocates for immigration reform In Florida haven't given up hope that their efforts will be rewarded. They want to make an easier way for about 11 million illegal immigrants to become citizens and have taken an activist approach through personal, albeit sometimes unwanted, contacts with House Republicans. They have even placed pressure on President Obama to stop deportations.

Deported woman was a US citizen

Travelers coming to the United States must satisfy immigration officials who are stationed at border crossings at airports, such as Miami International Airport, that they are legally entitled to enter the country. A U.S. citizen usually has an easy time passing through immigration checkpoints and into the country, but this was not the case for a woman whose citizenship was questioned by officials.

Miami joggers hit by sleeping driver, suffer brain injuries

A group of five joggers in training for the Miami marathon faced a serious setback on the morning of Nov. 30. A driver left the roadway and injured three members of the group before overturning a light pole on a causeway near Pelican Harbor. The driver was arrested, and two of the joggers who may have suffered brain injuries were taken by helicopter to Jackson Memorial Hospital. The third jogger appeared to have suffered only minor injuries.

Conference for immigrants encourages involvement

The immigration battle has traditionally been fought over who would be permitted to have legal status. However, a November conference in Miami hosted by the Florida Immigrant Coalition shifted the immigration focus from enacting regulations for individuals to helping new arrivals transition to life in this nation, no matter their status. The conference brought 600 participants together in an effort to help people succeed in their respective communities.

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