March over Trump’s immigration policy planned in Lake Worth

Essan Kazmouz of West Palm Beach protests with his son Mazen, right, in February on Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach. Protesters gathered to see President Donald Trump off as he makes his way through Southern Boulevard. (Michael Ares/the Palm Beach Post)

LAKE WORTH — South Florida Activism is calling for the immigrant community to march in downtown Lake Worth on Monday to protest President Donald Trump‘s immigration policy.

“A Day Without Immigrants: No Work, No School, No Shopping” is scheduled to be held at Bryant Park from 3 to 6 p.m.

“On this day we will say ‘no’ to the administration’s deportations, raids and attacks on the immigrant community,” a flier circulated by the group reads.

The group says there will be a march and vigil for immigrant workers rights.

Trump has pledged to crack down on undocumented immigrants and has promised to build a wall along the Mexican border.

Lake Worth Beach to stay open for Trump visit

LAKE WORTH — Lake Worth doesn’t plan to close or restrict access to Lake Worth Beach or the Lake Worth Casino Complex during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s planned summit with President Donald Trump on Thursday, the city said.

Additional security measures as well as road closures in the area may add travel times to and from the beach, the city noted.

Trump should arrive sometime after 2 p.m. on Thursday, according to an Federal Aviation Administration advisory.

Xi will be arriving separately.




President Trump’s immigration ban likely to be big topic at PBSC forum

People protesting against President Trump’s ban on immigrants returning from a list of seven countries at the Palm Beach International Airport earlier this year. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)

LAKE WORTH — Since President Donald Trump was elected, the immigration issue has been in the news frequently, making Palm Beach State College’s upcoming discussion more timely than ever.

On Thursday, the college is scheduled to host “Immigration & Civil Liberties in a New Era” on the campus west of Lake Worth,  4200 S. Congress Ave.

There will be three speakers:  Nancy Abudu, director of legal operations at the Florida American Civil Liberties Union; John DeLeon, attorney and past president of the Miami-Dade ACLU and Wilfredo Ruiz, communications director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The discussion starts at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Public Safety Building, room 108.


Lake Worth’s Human Rights Center slams Trump’s revised travel ban

LAKE WORTH — President Trump‘s revised travel ban barring immigrants from predominantly Muslim nations from coming to the United States is a plot to benefit the private prison industry, the executive director of the Human Rights Defense Center said today in a statement.

“The latest rewrite of the immigration ban…is nothing more than a scheme to benefit the private prison industry wrapped in the false cloak of national security,” Paul Wright said. “The adminitration’s vilification of immigrants, fueling the recent alarming increase in deportation arrests, is a means to ensure inreased profits for the private, for-profit prisons used to house them.”

Trump signed the revised order today, which removed Iraq citizens from the ban while also ditching a clause that protected religious minorities. Federal judges blocked Trump’s original ban in January.

The revised order won’t impact people who have already been issued visas.

Wright said more than six out of ten immigration detention beds are not in public facilities operated by the governement, but in private, for-profit prisons.

“These facilities operate outside public scrutiny with no transparency and even less accountability and have a long history of abuses and in-custody deaths,” Wright said.

The center, a non-profit based in Lake Worth, said Trump should concentrate on comprehensive immigration reforms.

“In short, our nation’s immigration detention system should not be locking people up for the purposes of generating corporate profit for politically-connected prison firms,” Wright said.



PBSC expecting more than 2,000 people for Clinton rally

Hillary Clinton is scheduled to speak on Wednesday at a Palm Beach State College rallly, (Palm Beach Post file photo)
Hillary Clinton is scheduled to speak on Wednesday at a Palm Beach State College rally. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

LAKE WORTH — Palm Beach State College is expecting more than 2,000 people to attend the rally Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is scheduled to have at the college Wednesday morning.

Doors open at 9 a.m. and the rally will be held at the Elisabeth W. Erling Gymnasium on the suburban Lake Worth campus, 4200 S. Congress Ave.

Clinton’s speech is expected to start at 11 a.m.

The event is first come, first served.

There will be an overflow area outside the gym where the speech will be live streamed, Grace Truman, PBSC’s director of college relations and marketing, said.

The Secret Service will handle all security, with Clinton’s campaign paying $1,500 to rent the space, Truman said.

Total cost for the event will be about $7,000, which is also being paid by Clinton’s campaign, Truman said.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office will assist with traffic.

Clinton’s campaign contacted the college on Sunday about hosting the rally. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has also reached out PBSC, Truman said.

“They were fixed on a certain date we couldn’t accommodate,” Truman said. “The college is available to both parties.”

It will be Clinton’s first time speaking at the college. Her husband spoke at PBSC four years ago while campaigning for President Obama.

The president held a rally at the college eight years ago when he was running for his first term, Truman said.