South Floridians react to players taking knee during national anthem

The Dolphins returned home Sunday from a disappointing game in New York.

Throughout the NFL on game day, there were signs of solidarity. Fans on both sides of the argument Sunday said this should be a time for unity, not divisiveness.

Players took a knee and linked arms in an attempt to make a statement about injustice in the U.S., and directly taking on President Donald Trump, who just days earlier said anyone who kneels during the National Anthem should be kicked off the field and fired.

Sunday, the president tempered those comments but maintained his position that taking a knee shows disrespect.

“We have great people representing our country, especially our soldiers, our first responders, and they should be treated with respect,” Trump said. “And when you get on your knee and you don’t respect the American flag or the anthem, that’s not being treated with respect.”

Fans around the country have fallen on both sides of the argument.

“These are peaceful protests,” Brian Wright, who supports the protests, said. “All they’re doing is kneeling, showing their displeasure with the way things are in the country right now.”

“You can’t just come in here and kneel and expect changes,” Shaun Wright, who is against the protests, said. “What it’s actually doing is inciting disrespect to our flag, the police, our government.”

Jesus Harte and Jamal Jenkins have a unique perspective on the issue. Both men are Marine Corps veterans, with 20 years of service between them. They’re also both black men who have witnessed injustices first-hand U.S.

“It’s kind of mixed emotions at the same time, but I like what they’re doing,” Harte said of the protests.

“Would I take the knee or would I stand for the flag?” Jenkins said. “(I) take off my hat but yet still raise my black fist in the air. Alright? I’m still representing multiple fronts. Respect for this, love for the country, but also that I still stand for injustice.”

Local 10 News spoke with many people, all of whom expressed feeling that the situation is causing yet another split in the country. But those who supported the protest said they feel like it is the president who is causing the split. Those who are against the protests said it’s the players who are to blame.


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Trump administration announces new travel restrictions

The Trump administration has unveiled new travel restrictions on certain foreigners from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen as a replacement to a central portion of its controversial travel ban signed earlier this year.

Chad, North Korea and Venezuela are new to the list of affected countries. The new restrictions on travel vary by country and include a phased-in approach.

For the last three months, the Trump administration used an executive order to ban foreign nationals from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. unless they have a “bona fide” relationship with a person or entity in the country. Those nations include Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Sudan.

Individuals with that “bona fide” exception — such as a foreign grandparent of a U.S. citizen — can still apply for visas until October 18. After that date, the new restrictions on travel will begin.

In most instances, travel will be broadly suspended, while in other cases, travelers will have to undergo enhanced screening and vetting requirements.

No current validly issued visas or travel documents will be revoked.

The revised travel ban effecting those from six Muslim-majority countries officially expired earlier Sunday.

Supplies gathered for Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico

The Ana G. Mendez University Campus in Miami Lakes has become a hub for volunteers from several agencies that are banding together for hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

On Sunday afternoon there were stacksof bottled water, diapers, canned foods and other supplies to be sent to the U.S. territory. 

“Everybody in South Florida has helped us,” Natascha Otero Santiago, an organizer for the donations, said. “Since Friday, we have been receiving donations and we have possibly 20 to 25 tons (of supplies).”

Volunteers are now needed at a warehouse at 15201 NW 79th Court in Miami Lakes to assist with the loading and unloading of supplies.

Hurricane Maria devastated the island by knocking out power and impacting the water supply.

At least 10 people have died in the storm’s aftermath, and authorities are starting to see firsthand the scope of devastation that left the island off the grid.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello met with more than 50 mayors and representatives from across Puerto Rico on Saturday. Some described the conditions in their communities as “apocalyptic” and said there have been incidents of looting in both homes and stores.

“We know a little more today than we did yesterday,” Rossello said. “This is going to be a long road.”

On the northwest part of the island, authorities had to physically go to thousands of residents to warn them of a potential dam collapse near the Guajataca River.

Volunteers are hoping to help those on the island get back on their feet.

Anyone who donates water is discouraged from donating large gallon bottles due the difficulty of transporting them. Instead, cases of smaller bottles are preferred.

South Floridians react to players taking knee during national anthem

All across the NFL professional athletes are taking a stand — or more accurately, taking a knee –during the national anthem.

The players say they are making a statement about injustice in the United States.

And the argument of whether or not their methods are disrespectful has pitted fans against one another.

Football fans at the Twin Peaks in Davie took part in the discussion.

“I think it’s kind of disrespectful. I’m ashamed, actually,” Haun Wright, a football fan, said.

Jamal Jenkins had another view.

“I think it’s a great thing,” Jamal Jenkins said. “I did serve. I gave this country five years of my time, but in doing that that gives them the freedom and the right to make their own statement when they want to.”

Despite the differing opinions, one area of common ground was that this should be a time for unity and not divisiveness.

Those for the protests blame President Donald Trump for causing the split, while those against the protests blame the players.

There seemed to be agreement at the Twin Peaks that Trump’s statements that players taking a knee should be kicked off the field and fired thought those went a little far — regardless of whether or not they approved of the protests.

“I do applaud president Trump for speaking out and making a point to the disrespectful there is. I think they could be fined, but you think firing is too far? I think so,” Danny Laura said.

“Trump is just trying to get in the mix, he just wants to get acknowledged, that’s all. He needs to worry more about Puerto Rico and all of the other islands more than the NFL,” Carlos Vega said.

An interesting thing to note, Local 10 News reporter Ian Margol spoke to two Marine veterans at Twin Peaks who said they were both supportive of the players taking a knee.

When the Marines were asked if they would do the same thing if they were out there, they said it would be a hard decision, since the flag means so much to them.

Several NFL players decided to #takeaknee on Sunday. Do you agree with their decision?

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First cruise ship arrives in Key West after Irma

The Empress of the Seas docked in Key West on Sunday, marking the first time a cruise ship has been to the Keys since Hurricane Irma struck Sept. 10.

The 878 passengers and 600 crew members were greeted by Key West Mayor Craig Cates once they arrived at Key West’s Pier B, one of three port facilities adjacent to the island city’s historic downtown area.

“Being a tourist-based economy, we need our visitors to come to town, and that is our primary economy,” Cates said in a media release. “They come here to see our beautiful resources, our beautiful town and architecture — and the servers, the bartenders, the hostesses, everybody, depends on them.The people need to go back to work, and this is a huge part of our recovery.”

While Hurricane Irma caused varying degrees of damag to the chain of islands, Key West and Key Largo reported the least damage. 

With electricity and water restoration almost complete, Monroe County and tourism officials are set to discuss formal opening dates for visitors to return to the Keys on Monday.