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6/19/2018: Trump Border Policy; Coastal Flooding Study; Sollie Mitchell

John Moore
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Photo of distressed Honduran toddler as her mother is being searched by U.S. Border Control officers has gone viral.

Tuesday on First Coast Connect we discussed the controversy over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” border policy with Stephanie Mickle and Katie Ross with Mickle Public Affairs (01:16).   

We heard bout a new study from the Union of Concerned Scientists that states many homes in Florida are at risk due to rising sea levels with Andrea Dutton, assistant professor at the University of Florida’s Department of Geological Sciences (28:52).    

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Soon to be 100 year old Sollie Mitchell joined Melissa Ross Tuesday on First Coast Connect. Also pictured, Brenda Kelly.

Ahead of his 100th birthday on Wednesday we spoke with veteran and Jacksonville civil rights activist Sollie Mitchell.  In 1963, he participated in March on Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  (46:00).

Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax.

Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.