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Immigration; National Library Week; TEDx Jacksonville; What's Good Wednesday

Florida Immigrant Coalition

A backlash is growing against a bill moving in the Florida Legislature. This bill would make it a felony to transport individuals who might be in the country without legal status.

On today’s program, we spoke with Andrea Reyes, an immigration attorney, the owner of Reyes Legal PLLC, and president of the Northeast Florida Immigrant Resource Alliance, and Jorge Bertran of the St Johns County Hispanic American Advisory Council.

The bill proposed by Sen. Blaise Ingoglia of Spring Hill, SB1718, includes a provision making it a third-degree felony for anyone who "transports into or within this state an individual whom the person knows, or reasonably should know, has entered the United States in violation of law and has not been inspected by the Federal Government since his or her unlawful entry from another country."

The legislation was voted on in the Florida Senate Rules Committee in mid-March on a 15-5 party-line vote.

National Library Week

National Library Week is praised all across the nation every April. It's an opportunity to celebrate and uphold a valuable asset, our public libraries. This year, National Library Week is a higher priority than ever, at a time when book boycotts and difficulties with library funding are ramping up.

In honor of this week, we spoke with Chris Boivin, assistant director of community relations and marketing with the Jacksonville Public Library to examine the significance of our library and how it has been helping the local area.

TEDx Jacksonville

Next week, there will be a Ted event in Downtown Jacksonville at The Jessie. To discuss more about what we can expect at this event, we talked with Jean Grimsley, executive producer and organizer, and Mark Walker, director and senior program officer at The Jessie.

To be a part of this event May 3, be sure to purchase your ticket.

What’s Good Wednesday

We took a mid-week look at all the good news around the First Coast this week.

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Kathy Waterman joined WJCT News 89.9 as associate producer after graduating from the University of North Florida with a degree in multimedia journalism. She was previously a production intern on the station's talk shows.