Local leaders and business owners gathered Tuesday to celebrate Miami’s many immigrants and what they bring to South Florida’s table.
At Venture Hive, a firm that helps entrepreneurs start up companies, a half a dozen young immigrant business owners were rolled out, like Dominican Jorge Estrella.
“We actually have a team in Miami with seven developers,” said Estrella, who runs a tech firm that helps clients with cloud-based applications.
Tuesday’s event applauding immigrants comes as President Donald Trump presses on with plans to find and deport some 11 million undocumented aliens. The administration is proposing to add 15,000 new agents to help get the job done.
“Even if they’ve been good people, they’re going to be sent back. There’s a lot of anxiety, about separation of families and it’s just an uncertain time,” said Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, (R)FL District 27.
In his own party, many say Trump should focus instead on comprehensive immigration reform.
“That is one of the reasons why people are so frustrated with politics, why people have lost faith in our politics because seemingly nothing can get done,” said Congressman Carlos Curbelo, (R)FL District 26.
Read the full story from CBS Local Miami: “‘Even If They’ve Been Good, They’ll Be Sent Back’: Rep. Ros-Lehtinen On Trump Immigration Agenda”