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Friday 09/14/2018
Emergency Responders Learn by "Blowing Things Up"

What started with a long wait through the security checkpoint at the gate of Homestead Air Reserve Base turned into an “explosive” event. Clara Himel, the public informatin officer, led a caravan of reporters to a distant site set up for a demonstration and detonation of 15 different explosive devices.

Posted: September 14, 2018
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Friday 08/31/2018
Fight for Fair Trade Continues

The fight for our domestic food supply and the Southeastern American Farmers is ignored in the renegotiation of NAFTA, placing our local and state farming industry on the endangered species list, again.

Updated: August 31, 2018 - 9:31 am
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Monday 08/27/2018
When will we see NAFTA 2.0

Negotiations between two of three countries represented in the 24-year old NAFTA agreement seems to be coming to a conclusion, as farmers and agriculture businesses throughout South Dade continue to anxiously await positive change.

Updated: August 27, 2018 - 11:22 am
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Friday 08/10/2018
SOC South sponsers Fuerzas Commandos 2018 - a multi-national special ops competition in Panama

The best of the best soldiers from the military of 17 different countries in the American Hemisphere met again, this year in Panama.

Updated: August 14, 2018 - 11:33 am
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Friday 08/03/2018
President Trump Goes All in For DeSantis

In a boisterous political rally held in Florida’s largest media market, President Donald Trump on Tuesday thrust his outsized persona into the middle of Florida’s governor’s race, with a full-throated endorsement of U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis.

Posted: August 03, 2018
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Homestead Business Thrust into Controversy

Francisco, “Frank”, Gonzalez believes in hard work to achieve the American dream. The grease under his fingernails, the full bays of his auto shop, and a constant stream of customers make up his work days.

Updated: August 07, 2018 - 1:46 pm
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Friday 07/27/2018
Enhancing the Lives of Military Families

The Florida Defense Task Force meets with local community leaders

Updated: July 29, 2018 - 3:20 pm
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Friday 06/29/2018
Community Leaders, Interest Groups, and Private Citizens from across the country attend Protest March to the Children’s Immigration Facility

Editors Note:  SDNL writer Phil Marraccini reports his personal insight and opinion after attending the march to protest illegal migrant children being housed in Homestead.

Updated: June 29, 2018 - 10:33 am
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Thursday 06/21/2018
Curbelo co-sponsors Border Security and Immigration Reform Act

Florida Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL26), is leading a bipartisan effort that has pressured House Republican Leadership to come to the table for

Posted: June 21, 2018
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Saturday 06/09/2018
Guardians of the South Change Guard

Special Operations Command South held a change of command ceremony in its headquarter building in Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida, June 5, 2018.

Posted: June 09, 2018
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Friday 05/25/2018
South Dade Farmers take their Voices to the Hill

   Dade County Farm Bureau board members Sal Finocchiaro and Kern Carpenter, along with Executive Director Jorge Abreu and Miami-Dade County Agricultural Manager Charles LaPradd traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet up with Florida Farm Bureau and other county Farm Bureau’s for the annual Field to the Hill.

Updated: May 25, 2018 - 10:30 am
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We Remember

This weekend, America celebrates Memorial Day.

Posted: May 25, 2018
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Friday 05/11/2018
Farm Share to “Stamp Out Hunger”

Farm Share, a non-profit whose aim is that no one will go hungry and food will not go to waste, is asking Florida’s support on Saturday, May 12th to join the nation’s largest domestic hunger – relief operation – the National Association of Letter Carriers annual campaign, STAMP OUT HUNGER food drive.

Updated: May 11, 2018 - 9:52 am
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Friday 04/13/2018
Hurricane NAFTA

Most hurricanes only last for a day or two, this one has been hitting South Dade for two decades.

Updated: April 13, 2018 - 10:01 am
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Friday 04/06/2018
Rubio Offers Hope to Farmers Hit by Irma

Federal disaster relief for farmers impacted by Hurricane Irma may be available “as early as next week,” according to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.

Updated: April 13, 2018 - 9:59 am
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Friday 03/30/2018
Rubio Doing Right Thing for Farmers and the Everglades

   U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s office sent the News Leader a letter the Senator sent to the Army Corps of Engineers asking for their support in alleviating the persistent flooding effecting the farm fields near Everglades National Park (ENP).

Posted: March 30, 2018
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Friday 03/16/2018
You Gotta Love It

March Madness is back, with a few local favorites

Posted: March 16, 2018
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A Moving Tribute to a Fallen Soldier

72 years after his death, Johnnie Little, a Homestead boy killed in battle during World War II, is at last recognized with a gravestone.

Posted: February 16, 2018
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Friday 02/02/2018
Free Tax Prep Helps You Keep More of Your Pay

OP-ED by Congressman Carlos Curbelo

Posted: February 02, 2018
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Monday 01/15/2018
New Year Brings New Hope on DACA Solution

Op-Ed from Congressman Carlos Curbelo

Last year ended on a bittersweet note for Congress. I was proud of the historic reforms to our tax code that are now law and will give hard-working Americans across the country the opportunity to keep more of their paychecks.

However, I was extremely disappointed with Leaders of both parties, in both Chambers, and their lack of courage in putting forth a solution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals population.

These young immigrants, known as Dreamers, arrived in our country at no fault of their own – brought by their parents who either illegally crossed one of our borders or overstayed their visas. For most of these young people, the United States is the only country they have ever called home.

They attended and graduated from school with our own children and today are seeking to serve in our military, pursue a college degree, or contribute to our economy by working. Many have no memories of their countries of origin. They speak English, work hard, pay their taxes, and are positively contributing to our nation.

In November of last year, I made a commitment to make these hard-working young people – and all those who care for them – a priority and pledged to withhold my support for government spending for the first time without action on a permanent solution. While I have always supported government spending votes in the past, the lack of political will from Leaders of both parties forced myself and others, like Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, to say, "Enough is enough. Let's get this done."

Unfortunately, not enough Members from either party had the courage to take the same stand, and so after a holiday season filled with continued uncertainty and anxiety for immigrant families across the country, we have regrettably entered the new year with a challenge to pass a solution to the same problem.

As the President's imposed March deadline quickly approaches, it is enormously frustrating that politics-as-usual leaves so many with so much uncertainty.

It is critical that Republicans and Democrats work together and in good faith to find a compromise on immigration policy in these first few weeks of the year. Congress first began working on legislation for the benefit of young immigrants who were brought to our country as children some 17 years ago.

All attempts have failed, but this time failure is not an option because this time, failure means hundreds of thousands of talented young people, who are by most measures Americans, are in very real danger of losing the only home they've ever known.

I've introduced the bipartisan Recognizing America's Children (RAC) Act to provide a permanent solution for DACA recipients. I have offered my support for any proposal that provides the DACA population a permanent solution, and I have worked to develop compromise legislation and build consensus with colleagues from both parties in the House of Representatives where I serve, and in the Senate.

I'm more hopeful than ever that a solution is imminent, but we can't lose sight of the goal. We have a responsibility to pass legislation that can secure the future for these young immigrants and, at the same time, make our country safer and more prosperous by securing our borders and reforming our immigration laws.

Americans have been expecting results from Congress on immigration policy for years. Enough is enough. The time for action is now.  

Updated: January 15, 2018 - 12:48 pm
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