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Florida Democratic Party Condemns Trump's Remarks in New Mexico Rally

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After yesterday's President Trump rally in New Mexico, Florida Democratic Party Executive Director Juan Peñalosa released the following statement: "If Trump's New Mexico visit was intended to attract Hispanics to his Party, it was a colossal failure. In New Mexico, the President continued to scapegoat our communities and ignore our contributions to America. He did nothing to atone for his inhumane policies that put children in cages and he defended his efforts to increase deportations of Cubans, Venezuelans and other Latinx communities seeking asylum in America. His rhetori…

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Florida Democratic Party Rolls Out Game-Changing Technology

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"Campaign Blueprint" will offer first of its kind campaign tools for Democratic Candidates. The Florida Democratic Party announced Monday a first of its kind municipal campaign system: Campaign Blueprint. The digital system includes training videos, a new campaign plan generator, campaign materials — all the tools candidates will need to get their campaign off the ground. This digital toolkit will assist an army of Democratic candidates. Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, called Campaign Blueprint a "game-changer" for the Florida Democratic Party. "When more …

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Our Commitment to Defending and Protecting Latinxs in Our Country

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Today on the occasion of celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month, Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement: "I am proud to join millions of Hispanics and Latinxs celebrating and honoring the contributions and culture of Hispanics to our nation. Our state is an example of the hard work and vision of Hispanics who came to work, live and fight for the country they call home. But celebrating the National Hispanic Heritage Month also means protecting Latinxs from the attacks they face under this administration. Whether it is denying refuge to Ve…

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The Florida Democratic Party Congratulates Our Presidential Hopefuls for Another Great Debate

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The Florida Democratic Party wants to congratulate all of the presidential hopefuls that took part in the DNC's third Democratic Presidential Primary Debate with ABC and Univision. Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, stated: "Tonight our candidates showcased the diverse ideas the Democratic Party has to offer and together stood up for our values. While they all have their own ideas to get there, all of our candidates want to ensure everyone has access to health care, an economy that works for all Americans, and will fight to protect social security. Every single …

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Today is a Day We Remember Heroes

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Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, issued the following statement on the 18th anniversary of September 11th: "Today is a day we remember heroes. 18 years ago, emergency responders saw thousands in danger and without hesitation rushed in to save as many lives as possible, even if it meant losing their own. In the aftermath of those horrific events on 9/11, the United States came together as a nation to mourn and to honor those we had lost. Today we remember the victims of September 11th and honor their heroism."

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DeSantis Thinks Bahamian Evacuees Are Seeking "Special Migration," in Reality, They Are Searching for Refuge

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On September 10, Gov. Ron DeSantis held a press conference on the Bahama relief efforts and refused to call for visa waivers for Bahamians, citing that those without visas may not have a relative to stay with and there are not any shelters open at the moment. The governor also referred to evacuees seeking refuge as some sort of "special migration." Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, urged DeSantis to support visa waivers: "Governor Ron DeSantis, Bahamian evacuees are not seeking 'special migration,' they are searching for refuge. DeSantis says he is in frequent c…

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Trump's Rejection of Waiving Visas for Bahamian Evacuees is "Petty"

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On September 9, Donald Trump dismissed the idea of granting the people of the Bahamas documentation waivers for various reasons including that the U.S. is "also recovering from the hurricane." Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, hit back: "Donald Trump's hostility to granting temporary protection status and documentation waivers to the people of the Bahamas because the United States is also recovering from Hurricane Dorian is petty and it is small-minded. The Bahamas has a population of less than 400,000, the idea that the world superpower of the United States woul…

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Bahamians Need Disaster Relief, Not More Paperwork

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Reports of Bahamians being turned away from an evacuation boat to Fort Lauderdale over confusion about entry requirements for Bahamians after Hurricane Dorian shows that we must create a visa waiver and grant temporary protected status to the people of the Bahamas while the country rebuilds. On September 9, CNN reported that evacuees from the Bahamas boarding a boat to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, were told they could not gain entry into the United States without a visa. Possibly as many as 130 people, including families with children got off the boat. The incident was reported just…

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Florida Democrats Condemn Trump Administration for Sending Cubans Back to Cruel Regime

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A report Thursday from the Miami Herald revealed that the Trump Administration deported 120 Cubans as part of the administration's anti-immigration plan. Florida Democrats released the following statement today: Florida Democratic Party Executive Director Juan Peñalosa: "How will Trump explain his cruel decision of sending Cubans to the hands of a violent regime? It is shameful that Cubans like Marco Rubio and Jeanette Nuñez uses their community to ascend to power and remain silent while this administration deported back hundreds of people fleeing persecution. Trump p…

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Trump's Border Wall: Florida Loses $17 Million and Puerto Rico Loses $402 Million

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Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement after the abhorrent decision from the Trump Administration to divert more than $419 million from Florida and Puerto Rico projects to build his ineffective border wall: "While the people in Puerto Rico and the Panhandle are still waiting for the allocated funds to recover after Hurricanes Maria and Michael, Donald Trump is diverting money not only needed to recover from natural disasters, but also to rebuild military construction buildings like Tyndall Air Force Base, posing a serious risk to our national se…

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